Webb Chiles sailed an open 18' lugger around the world, I think sailing a Star to Bermuda would be much easier. Yes, I've sailed Stars, as helm and crew. Have competed in the Western Hemisphere Championships and the European Championships. I have no inclination to do it, comfort level is hardcore, but I have no doubt a Star could be sailed to Bermuda...late spring would be the time to do it.Dude - don't be a complete idiot - while it may be possible to sail a star to Bermuda it is in no way shape or form a proper boat for being more than 10 miles from the dock - everyone, who has ever sailed one knows that. Hyperbole like the shit you just posted makes you stand out as an idiot - hope your post was just made in jest..............the relevance to the issue at hand is nilHmmm, interesting thought. With reefing gear, I have no doubt a prepared Star could make Bermuda in decent weather. I've seen a Star weather a 50+ knot thunderstorm under full sail, although the sails were trashed afterward. Rig would not be a problem if you're very carefull. Accomodations would leave a lot to be desired.Uffa Fox sailed an Int 14 across the English Channel and back in the 30s. They had ballasted CBs and roller reefing back then.For open ocean sailing - I would say YES
(I actually once was asked to sail a Star to Bermuda ages ago. I said GTFO!)
Do we know? Did the boat fail or did the helmsman on watch allow the boat to go through an uncontrolled gybe in changing and severe weather weather?I don't get it. The boat failed in the forecast and expected conditions yet they boldly claim they would go do it again in the same conditions. Think they may have drunk the GB cool aid?
Until someone credible puts a stake in the ground on why or how the rig failed we do not know. One thing interesting. One of the most respected yacht designers alive post very early on the thread. Then nothing from the experienced and educated on yacht design. I can take you out on a Star Boat and break a rig in seconds. Does that mean all Star Boats are deeply flawed?