Round about 1980 I spent a full summer day with my father and brother Fran, watching Star boats race on the Tred Avon River near Oxford, Maryland onboard Carpenter, my father's 15' Mako. Star boats have been an international and Olympic class racer for many years. My father grew up crewing with friends William Myers and Barclay Trippe on numerous races at the Tred Avon Yacht Club. He even raced stars in the 1950's in Cuba before Castro's communism descended upon the island.
Whether this event was either the North American or Middle Atlantic Championship, the racing fleet of around 20 comprised some of the top Star boat sailors in the world. A significant number of sails carried the chevrons under the star insignia representing their having won major championships in their past. I have included a few photos at the start of the first race and the rounding of the windward mark.
The Carpenter returning to Solitude Creek with my mother and father on board.