San Diego (CA), August 30, 2013Racing starts for Qualcomm Star World Championship 2013 from the San Diego Yacht Club on Sunday September 1st and finished September 8th.
66 yachts are registered and assembled for the 91st edition of this event, the foremost annual gathering of Star.
The Star Class is a complex mixture of great sailors and personalities. The Class is represented in 49 countries on 4 continents and comprised of Olympians and professional sailors as well as everyday “beer can” racers. The Class has something to offer for every type of sailor.
Notable competitors in this year’s edition include Olympic Gold Champions, Mark Reynolds and Hal Haenel, Bill Buchan and World Champions Vincent Brun, Carl Buchan, Eric Doyle, Rick Peters, Xavier Rohart, George Szabo and Phil Trinter.
The Class has most recently seen a growth in competition from juniors and women as well as a resurgence of family teams in all levels of Star sailing. We can count three women: Laura Beigel, Jessica Costa, Nina Aviles and ten juniors below 25 years with the youngest only 13: Chris Barnard, Chas Beek, Laura Beigel, Julian Busch, Matt Dorgan, Tomas Hornos, Malcolm Mcneil, Benjamin Petterssen Josh Revkin and Killian Weise.
San Diego Yacht Club and Star District 5 is a perfect place to foster the comeback of family Star sailing. Family teams include: Chuck and Chas Beek, Laura and Read Beigel, Peter and Jessica Costa, Carl and Jamie Buchan, Mike and Matt Dorgan, Ben Mitchell and Julian Busch, Guillaume Rasse and Nina Aviles, Bill and Billy Gerard.
Competition begins on Saturday August 31st with a practice race off of Point Loma. September 1-8 are the scheduled days of racing. Six races will take place off of Zuniga Jetty at 1230 hrs.
This race is the first that the Star Sailors League offer 3D gps live race tracking using the Virtual Eye system.
San Diego Yacht Club has hosted many World Championships for a variety of classes, eight times for the Star Class. Commodore Chuck Hope and Regatta Chairman John Burnham, along with a large group of local volunteers, are excited to bring this World Class event to San Diego.
Chuck Hope, SDYC Commodore: “San Diego Yacht Club is excited to host the 2013 Qualcomm Star World Championships. Planning and preparations by our Regatta Chair John Burnham and the local Star Fleet will assure the delivery of a world class regatta. Our sponsors, Citibank, Jackson Design and Remodeling, Slam, Douglas K. Smith Marine Insurance, Point Loma Outfitters, Leap Wireless, Driscoll, North Sails, Quantum, Ballast Point and event title sponsor Qualcomm are on-board to elevate this regatta to a serious extravaganza packed with on the water competition. Those that are familiar with SDYC know that we treat our traveling guests as family, including arranging local housing so they can enjoy the camaraderie and hospitality of our membership and the community at large.”
John Burnham, Regatta Chairman: “San Diego Yacht Club is proud to host the prestigious 2013 Qualcomm Star World Championship regatta for the 8th time since 1938. With the Star class entering the second 100 years of its existence, our future is certainly the young sailors who are here at our club this week to vie for the championship, and we look forward to a very high level of competition for these 66 boats. We are grateful to have so many past champions competing here, especially those from San Diego including Mark Reynolds, Vince Brun, George Szabo, and Eric Doyle. Personally, it is my pleasure to serve as the chairman for this event for the second time as I get to work with many old friends from around the world. We at San Diego Yacht Club are very grateful to all of our sponsors that are helping us with this regatta, along with some private club members and friends of the star class.”