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Wilke's Star, 2005-2006

This program initiated in 1998 with Josi Steinmayer, completed later in a larger team with the expert's inputs from David Howlett, Jean-Claude Vuithier and Christof Wilke, and motivated by the brilliant 4th rank (the chocolate medal !) obtained by the crew Flavio Marazzi - Enrico de Maria in the Athens 2004 Olympics.

Coloured picture shows the CFD analysis run in autumn 2005 by aero-hydro engineer Sandrine Lescaudron who helped us to optimize the keel and rudder airfoils sections.

One of the most distinctive features is the location of the running backstays attachement located aft of the helmsman, which allows to the whole crew a complete freedom of longitudinal positionning for an optimum trim. The hardware circuit is more complex, but this allows to correct one of the major issue of the original Star design.

Even if the room for improvement stays very narrow in these class rules, the long and painstaking optimization work combined together with the high quality construction of Christof Wilke, have given their fruits : the European's tittle 2007 in Lago di Garda, the fifth place at the Qingdao 2008 Olympics – winning one of the eleven races – and the 1st place 2009 ISAF Trofeo Princesa Sofia, while the familiy is growing up : after Marazzi & de Maria, Robert Stanjek and Markus Koy, then Aimilios Papathanasiou have joined the team.

To follow...

Articles:
98109_results_Star_Qingdao_2007.pdf (125 Kb)
98109_results_Star_Europeans_Garda_2007.pdf (55 Kb)
98109_results_Star_Princesa_Sofia_2009.pdf (456 Kb)
98109_results_Star_Olympics_Qingdao_2008.pdf (15 Kb)
More informations:
www.wilke.ch
www.marazzi-sailing.ch
www.swiss-sailing.ch/star
www.starclass.org