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In less than a week (December 4th) twenty-five teams will be competing in this years 2017 Star Sailors League (SSL) Finals in Montagu Bay, Bahamas. Nine among the top 10 Star sailors in the world and 16 wild cards drawn from every aspect of the sport. Twenty-five Olympic medals hanging on the necks of the 2017 SSL Finalists, of which 7 are gold medals. World Champions in both Olympic, big boat classes, the Volvo Ocean Race, Louis Vuitton and America’s Cup winners, and for the first time a solo around-the-world-navigator. The Star Class - was founded at Port Washington, Long Island, in 1911. Initially 22 Stars were built. Fifteen went to owners at the American Yacht Club in Rye, New York, and the remainder to other clubs on Western Long Island Sound. Since then the rig has been improved and modernized several times, but the hull design remains unchanged. The...Read more
A wonderful piece from the eyes of a 30 year old that... "I quit my job, flew to Africa, got on a boat and sailed across the ocean... It was the best." ...Read more
While Hollywood was enjoying the greatest output of feature films in the 1920s and 30s (averaging about 800 film releases in a year, nowadays it is remarkable when production exceeds 500 films in a year, the magnificent yachts of the Hollywood elite began sailing routinely to Catalina. Albert Stanton Chesebrough - INVADER - Owned by American Film Studio Executive. Joseph Schenk (1929-1935), along with Charlie Chaplin, one of the founders of United Artist, a company the fit into Schenk's business plans, would use this vessel and many others including Paulette Goddard for excursions to Catalina. Sparkman & Stephens - SANTANA - Along with long time owner Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall (1945-1957), their friends Frank Sinatra, David Niven, and the 'Holmby Hills Rat Pack'... John G. Alden - SIROCCO - Nearly every weekend the Hollywood elite would race their yachts to Catalina Island, all would bet on the outcome. Garland...Read more