Please select your home edition
Crewsaver 2021 Safetyline LEADERBOARD

European Star Championship: Rain of Stars in Cannes!

by Yacht Club de Cannes 20 Oct 2023 10:02 BST 24-29 October 2023
European Star Championship © Yacht Club de Cannes

From 24 to 29 October 2023, the Yacht Club de Cannes is organising the European Star Championship. Nearly 45 competitors are expected in the harbour of Cannes, with an exceptional line-up.

IRC European Championship, 12M JI European Championship and now European Star Championship In addition to the 45th Royal Regattas, the Yacht Club de Cannes continues a season that is as dense as it is brilliant in the organisation of prestigious regattas, where its know-how is unanimously recognised. The Star, designed by the American architect William Gardner in 1910, remains an incredibly innovative boat, often copied, never equalled with its seven-metre hull with sharp chines, its keel equipped with a bulb and its rig as slender as it is thin and fragile. An Olympic sailboat from 1932 to 2012, the Star has seen the greatest champions, including the Finn specialists, who, after having won everything on the former Olympic solitaire, have passed with the same success on this double-handed keelboat of rare complexity. It should be noted that the Star is a boat that requires weight at abseiling.

Double quintal!

Most of the crews are close to 200 kilos on the scales! Multiple world and European champion in Finn, with four participations in the Olympic Games, Hans Spitzauer is the perfect illustration of these sailors pursuing their careers in Star. Together with his faithful accomplice Christian Nehammer, the Austrian is undoubtedly one of the favourites. He will have to count on a pack of Italians who have won countless European and world titles. Diego Negri, three Olympians, double Star World Champion in 2021 and 2022, double European Champion, is undoubtedly the man to beat, especially as he is still as formidable as ever in "his" Mediterranean waters. Enrico Chieffi, former CEO of the Nautor Swan shipyard, now at the head of Slam, was 470 world champion with his brother, before racing in Star as a more than wise "amateur". European Champion 2021, he is an exceptional helmsman. And what about Flavio Favini, his two America's Cup campaigns, his nine world titles in Melges, Mumm 30, 6 M JI and Farr 40! He, like the vast majority of competitors, continues to sail at the highest level after more than fifty years of racing. In the setting of Cannes, where the weather is often blessed at this time of year, we will also find the Franco-Argentinian architect Juan Kouyoumdjian, who not only designed many of the winning boats of the crewed round the world race, but also reworked the hull of the Star, exploiting the rules, and who in all the major international championships shines with his touch at the helm and his tactical vision. Two French crews will defend the French colors in Cannes, including Raoul Dabry, captain on long-haul Airbus and trainer at Air France, associated with his accomplice Tristan Cotte.

An exceptional season for the Cannes Yacht Club

Jean-François Cutugno, President of the Yacht Club de Cannes, said: "This European Championship is the end of a fantastic season, and it is a great honour to be able to host one of the most prestigious series there is, and with so many champions. It should not be forgotten that in addition to the organisation of major events in Cannes, the club's racers have had an exceptional year in regattas, such as Matisse Pacaud and Lucie de Gennes, once again junior world champions in 470 for the third year in a row, Maxime Nocher, European vice-champion in Kitefoil, or Julien Rattotti, world champion in Wingfoil... Not to mention all our young riders and future "starists" who have won a string of national titles..."

For more information visit

Related Articles

It's a wrap!
In sailing we have a lot of plain white hulls In sailing we have a lot of plain white hulls. Let's face it, when everything looks the same, it does make things a bit dull. The end of February is a dreary time, so it's time to talk about boats which brighten things up. Posted on 19 Feb
Bacardi Cup U30 Program paves the way for youth
A commitment to nurture the next generation of Star Class sailors Building on the resounding success of the inaugural year, Bacardi, in collaboration with the Star Class, is thrilled to announce the return of the Bacardi Cup U30 Program for 2024. Posted on 3 Nov 2023
Yeoman Winter Champs at Snowflake
With regular racing for dinghies and Star class On Sunday the 29th October Snowflake sailors gathered in glorious conditions of sun and a nice gentle breeze for the Yeoman Winter Championships and points racing for the dinghies and Stars. Posted on 31 Oct 2023
European Star Championship overall
Jack Jennings and Pedro Touche win in Cannes, Jürgen Schoeherr and Markus Koy top Europeans After four races at the 2023 Star European Championship in Cannes, France, for the numerous 45 boat fleet there are two new champions, Jack Jennings (USA) and Pedro Trouche (BRA). Posted on 28 Oct 2023
European Star Championship day 1
Cannes delivered a great day for the 45 boat fleet The Star European Championship kicked off today in the Bay of Cannes, organized by the Yacht Club de Cannes and the International Star Class. 45 teams from 15 nations were on the starting line of the first two races of the Championship. Posted on 25 Oct 2023
Star Class selects Paul Cayard as President
Paul began sailing Stars in 1977 and won the Worlds in 1988 The International Governing Committee of the Star Class has selected Paul Cayard to perform the duties of the Star Class President under Class Rule 11.1.2 through 2025. Posted on 18 Oct 2023
Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta entry open
There is nowhere quite like Miami to deliver the unique blend of glamour sailing, fun & friendship Online entry is now officially open for the highly anticipated 2023/2024 Bacardi Winter Series, leading into the world-famous Bacardi Cup and Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta from March 3-9, 2024, on Biscayne Bay, Miami, FL. Posted on 9 Oct 2023
7th Annual Star Class Vintage Gold Cup overall
Brazilians Lars Grael and Mauricio Bueno win the title The Vintage Gold Cup and ISCYRA announce the final results for the 2023 Vintage Gold Cup. For the second day in a row all races were canceled; the results remain the same as after first day of racing. Posted on 30 Sep 2023
7th Annual Star Class Vintage Gold Cup Day 2
No racing possible due to lake of breeze on Gull Lake The Vintage Gold Cup and ISCYRA canceled the three scheduled races for day two of the Vintage Gold Cup. Slight breeze was visible on the lake in the morning, with little to no pressure. Posted on 30 Sep 2023
7th Annual Star Class Vintage Gold Cup Day 1
Three races held on Gull Lake, Michigan The Vintage Gold Cup and ISCYRA announce results of the first day of racing in light and variable winds. The three scheduled races were completed with very close racing. Posted on 29 Sep 2023