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2009 North American Championship


Welcome to the Event Web Page for the 2009 International Star Class North American Championship


Some of the biggest names in sailing are expected to compete in this annual Continental Championship for this Olympic double-handed keelboat class. The North Americans will be hosted by Cedar Point Yacht Club and the Central Long Island Sound Fleet for the first time in more than 25 years. In accordance with the traditions of the class, the winning skipper and crew will earn the right to display a silver star on their mainsail in place of the normal red star.

Westport, Connecticut is about 50 miles, or just over an hour, from New York City and easily reached by road or train. The Central Long Island Sound fleet, based at CPYC, is the world’s oldest active Star fleet, dating back to 1922. CLIS has an enthusiastic and growing fleet of Star sailors, who among them have won the District One Championship for the last three years in a row.

Racing will take place in open water in the middle of Long Island Sound where local knowledge is not a major factor. Mid-September normally provides our best wind conditions and the race course will present the challenge of the normal tidal flows of Long Island Sound.

The historic Cedar Point Open Regatta for the Bedford Pitcher will provide practice races for the 2009 North Americans on Saturday and Sunday, September 12 and 13.

Photo: Ogilvy collection, credit Hilary Lawrence

David Bolles reports that in 1949 Frederick T. Bedford donated the Bedford Pitcher, once in actual use as the water pitcher on Wilson Marshall's 185-foot three-masted schooner Atlantic which set a trans-Atlantic crossing speed record in 1903. The crossing time was 14 days. An elaborate piece of solid silver, it is a meaningful symbol of the way of life of a bygone era as well as one of the Star Class's finest trophies.

The Bedford Pitcher has been sailed for in various fleets. It started in CLIS. Then for the years 1965 and 1966 it was sailed for in the WLIS, and from 1967 to 1973 it was sailed for in the ELIS fleet. It made a big move when from 1974 to 1982 it was sailed for in BH fleet. In 1983 it was returned to the CLIS fleet.

Following On-Line Registration, Check-in and Measurement for the North American Championship will take place on Monday, September 14 (with earlier opportunities for check-in and measurement provided Saturday and Sunday) and four days of racing will begin on Tuesday September 15, culminating with the Star North American Championship Awards Dinner on the evening of Friday September 18, 2009.

The Principal Race Officer for both events will be Rich Gold, a past Commodore of Cedar Point Yacht Club and an active, highly competitive racing sailor aboard his NY 36 "Turning Point". He and his entire Race Committee team have substantial RC experience gained through past regional and district Star regattas as well as having served as Race Committee for National Championships for many other One Design Classes.

Cedar Point Yacht Club is known locally and nationally as the place for "Sailboat Racing at its Best", twice receiving the US SAILING One Design Club of the Year award, as well as the St. Petersburg Trophy for outstanding regatta management. The Club looks forward to welcoming the Star Class back to CPYC for its 2009 North American Championship.

In addition to hosting the Star Class North American Championship this year, CPYC will also be hosting the Vanguard 15 New England Championship, The Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound Race Week (Club 420s, Lasers and Laser Radials), the Thistle Combined District Championship for three East Coast Fleets, The Thistle North American Championship, the Atlantic Class Nationals and the J-30 North American Championship.

The CLIS Fleet also looks forward to welcoming all of our Star friends to Cedar Point for a great week of Star racing, good food and camaraderie.