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12 September 2006, 10:24 am
San Francisco To Host 2006 Worlds
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Wells Fargo Private Bank Star World Championship 2006
San Francisco, California, USA

The St. Francis Yacht Club will proudly host the ISAF Grade W Wells Fargo Private Bank Star World Championships from 27 September-8 October in San Francisco, USA. The regatta, which will feature some of the world's greatest sailors racing in one of the most exciting fleets in history, is sponsored by Wells Fargo Private Bank.
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'The Star is one of the most prolific keelboats in the world for a reason, quite simply, it is a incredible boat to sail,' stated Richard PFAFF, Commodore of the St. Francis Yacht Club. 'The 2006 Star World Championships will feature some of the most exciting racing on the bay this Fall.'

Long History

Designed in 1911, the Star is the oldest Olympic Class having first been used in competition in 1932 and it is still at the heart of Olympic sailing today. Supported by a worldwide association the Star as a class is one of the best organized in sailing, with over 7,500 yachts built over its 80 year history and 2,000+ actively racing today. Many of the world's top sailors past and present have been involved in the Star Class. Its list of former World Champions and Olympic medallists reads like the who's who of yachting. But the class is made up of a variety of sailors of all ages and skill levels.

'For over 70 years the Star Class has represented the pinnacle of one design racing. This reputation is built by its World Champions; names like STRAULINO, KNOWLES, ELVSTRÖM, CONNER, NORTH, FICKER, BUCHAN and more recently BRUN, GRAEL, REYNOLDS and MACDONNALD. The Star Class is truly the class of champions,' commented Paul CAYARD (USA), Olympian and America's Cup helmsman. 'With more than 75 years of yachting and racing traditions, the St. Francis is excited to be bringing yet another world class regatta to San Francisco Bay,' he added.

The annual regatta schedule at the St. Francis is one of the most aggressive regatta calendars in the world. Part of the attraction of racing at the St. Francis Yacht Club is the excellent and challenging racing conditions unique to San Francisco Bay. Both physically beautiful and naturally demanding, the bay provides a racer with the ultimate in wind, current and weather conditions for truly competitive, exciting sailing.

Berkeley Circle To Host Battle For World Title

The course will be set in the Berkeley Circle racing area of San Francisco Bay. The regatta will be governed by rules as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing for 2005-2008 (RRS) and the rules of the International Star Class Yacht Racing Association. Course types will be Olympic courses applicable to Stars such as the Olympic trapezoid (with outer loop or with inner loop).

Along with CAYARD, who will be sailing with crew Brian SHARP, reigning Olympic Champions Torben GRAEL and Marcelo FERREIRA (BRA) and reigning World Champions Xavier ROHART and Pascal RAMBEAU (FRA) also line up. Other big names to look out for are world number one crew George SZABO and Eric MONROE (USA), double Olympic gold medallist Mark REYNOLDS and crew Hal HAENEL (USA), 2005 ISAF Match Racing World Champion and Luna Rossa helm James SPITHILL (AUS), sailing with Rodney HAGEBOLS, and eight-time Laser World Champion Robert SCHEIDT (BRA), with crew Bruno PRADA.

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Scott MARX (As Amended by ISAF). Image, Paul CAYARD is looking forward to the Star Worlds in California:© Joe KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images
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