Volunteers lifts the World Championship in the Starboat



Event Manager Torsten Jacobsen rings the bell. The participants are waving and smiling to each other, chattering the speaker.


"Now it's closing time for new ideas, thank you so much. " We are now following the plan we have laid down, "Torsten Jacobsen said, with a big smile. He is responsibility for the overall coordination of the practical part of the World Championship.


Now the individual groups present their different areas of responsibility. This includes the registration and survey of the 82 participating boats, disposal of cars and trailers, welcome to the race village at the harbour, catering to the many guests and volunteers, the control of the race at the sea at Lunke Bay, the relationship with the press, etc. . Everybody seems to be in control of their area. After a few hours, everything has been reviewed and the volunteers split again after handshake and hugs.


"It is surprising that there are so many details in such a project," admits Torsten Jacobsen.


It is clear that a small town like Troense with only 1,100 inhabitants is affected by such a big event. The centre of the city has been traffic subdued and the many boat trailers have found space on the former shipyard site Jacobsens Plads in the direction of Svendborg Sund.


Troense was previously characterized by many small shipyards along the shore. They provided ships for sailing the apple harvest from the island's plantations to many Danish provincial cities. A tradition held to be honoured each autumn, when apples from the private gardens are sailed to nearby Svendborg. Today the fruits are grown along Denmark's most beautiful countryside, Grønnegade in which many of gardens behind the old houses with thatched roofs, are up to 200 meters long.


Torsten Jacobsens wife Stella is active in the Service Group who takes care of the participants when they all gather in Race Village after the daily sailing in Lunke Bay. 



Stella is part of a group of 22 women led by the smile of Grete Sommer.



Stalla Jacobsen

"I will take care of sailors and guests in our Race Village," Stella Jacobsen says. We have established a 300m2 Star Village directly on the harbour. Everyone is welcome. But we are here primarily to service the many sailors. We are three at work in the morning and five in the afternoon when the sailors comes ashore.


Else Andersen sits next to Stella Jacobsen. She has lived all her life in Troense, while Stella moved here three years ago.



Else Andersen


Else provide food for the many volunteers.


"It's breakfast, lunch, sandwiches and packed lunches for those who go to the water, Else smiles. It's 50 times breakfast, 30 lunches and 20 for lunch. We make sure they do not get the same everyday.


They both agree that it is a pleasure to live in the small idyllic Troense at Svendborg Sund. They are delighted with it every day. The World Championships strengthens the unity of the community in the small town next to Svendborg.


"The great support clearly confirms the unity of Troense," Stella and Else concur with a big smile.


The holding of the World Championships in Starboat illustrates how much can be done if you have local support. And it is in Troense Boat Club.




By Johnni Balslev, June 30, 2017, 20403669

World Championship official website with facts:

(The article is translated into English by keno 01.07.2017)

See you in Troense

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It is with great pleasure and pride that we arrange the Star World Campionship in Troense from the 29'th of June till the 9'th of July 2017.


As you probably already know it is not a big city that host the championship this time. It is just the opposite. We invite you to a small intimate invironment that is totally unique in Denmark. Our small village consisting of 1.100 inhabitants is surrounded by towering woods and lush cornfields descending towards the South Fyn Archipelago.


Troense is a village characterized by many well cared for traditionel half-timbered houses with thatched roofs. Our village might be one of the most beautiful villages in the Kingdom of Denmark. It is a village where the grocery store "Storms Hjørne" (Storm's Corner) is run solely by volunteers.

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Troense has a long history connected to the sea. Along Svendborgsund you found many small shipbuilders. And in the very big back yards of the houses in Grønnegade (Green Street) were plantations with blooming apple trees. The harvest of apples was distributed by boats to harbours all over Denmark. Part of that tradition is still kept as a flotilla of wooden ships deliver the harvest in neighboring Svendborg every autumn. The ships are received with great festivity. Grønnegade is considered the longest and most well preserved street in any village in the country.

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Up to 80 volunteers are ready to help you to solve any practical problems. We will establish a racecamp directly in Troense harbour. The racecamp will be our meetingpoint during the races.


From Troense harbour on the island of Taasinge there is only a short boat trip to the charming maritime city of Svendborg only five kilometers away. Svendborg is the main town of the area.


Svendborg was the center of great fleets of  schooners that crossed the seven oceans in the late 19'th and the beginning of the 20'th century. It was also here the foundation of the world famous A.P. Møller Maersk shipping company was laid out.

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The mayor of Svendborg Lars Erik Hornemann is looking forward to see the many foreign and Danish competitors.


"Having such old maritime traditions in the South Fyn Archipelago, we feel sure that you'll return home with a lot of positive experiences in the bag. We are really looking forward to receiving you and your companions".


During the races the old ferryboat Helge, built in 1924, will serve a shuttle service in the morning and again in the afternoon between Troense and Svendborg.

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The remaining of the day Helge is serving mainly tourists sailing a trip between the islands in Svendborgsund. Helge put in at Troense, and you and your companions have the oppertunity to go directly to some nice and lively sandy beaches and visit Valdemar Castle. A castle connected to Danish kings, a navel hero and James Bond author Ian Fleming's family.  But that is another story.

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We'll try to inform you a little more about the area and the more pratical stuff  concerning our racecamp in the upcomming newsletters.


We hope to see you in Troense!

Text: Johnni Balslev

Photo: Knud Morten.


Take a flight over Troense harbor.


Video: Poul B. Rasmussen


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Wednesday, 3 May 2017





ICARUS Sports has been appointed as the official production and distribution partner for the 2017 Star Class World Championships, being held at Troense, Denmark from 29 June to 9 July.

“The Star Class is quite simply one of the sport’s iconic classes,” commented Jason Georgaris, ICARUS Sports' Chief Executive Officer, “and the fleet is laden with talent. It is a real privilege for us to partner with the Star Class and our production themes will illustrate the intricacies of sailing the boat and personalities that are so attracted and loyal to the class.”

The Star Class represents over 100 years of racing history and attracts many of the legends in the sport to its challenges. Racing is a battle of wills of the world’s best and success on the race course does not come easy.

Amongst the many teams with their eyes on the title prize will be the USA’s Augie Diaz and Bruno Prada, who hold World and Olympic gold between them, including the 2016 Star World Championship title. Vastly experienced, Prada also collected gold at the 2007, 2011 and 2012 Star Class Worlds with his former helm.

Joining them in the mix of legends is Brazil’s renowned Grael sailing dynasty, featuring Lars Grael racing with Samuel Gonclaves. Grael holds multiple Olympic and World Championship medals, and won the 2015 Star Class Worlds. Fellow Brazilian, Alan Adler racing with Arthur Lopes, will also be hungry for victory, having last won the Star Worlds back in 1989. 

"With still 4 more weeks to go until the entry deadline, 50 crews are already confirmed, including numerous sailing legends. We are expecting more than 80 teams on the start line when the warning signal is given on July 2nd for the opening race. My team of more than 70 volunteers are all giving their best not just to arrange the Star Worlds Championship, but to make it the world’s best Championship. We are extremely proud to be able to announce or partnership with ICARUS Sports. We believe that this partnership will make it possible for all the sailors around the globe, that through the years have followed our Class to get in touch with the glory we are going to experience over the week of the races exactly 50 years after Paul Elvstrøm won the Championship here in Denmark" said Flemming Sørensen, Race Director and Star sailor for the last 10 years.

ICARUS Sports will provide daily video highlights for broadcast TV and social media, backed up by a global distribution network.

Star Class World Championship
Dates:     29 June - 9 July 2017
Venue:    Troense, Denmark 

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