The international sailboat racing community has its eye on Oxford, Maryland this week. The Star Class Sailing World Championships are underway now, hosted by the Tred Avon Yacht Club. 62 teams from 12 countries are racing, including several Olympians and past world champions. Talbot County and Oxford have rolled out the red carpet for their more than 100 guests, who range in age from 16 to 81.
So far, none of the races have actually started, because the first two days of racing, Monday and Tuesday, had to be called off for lack of wind on the Choptank River. The teams are chomping at the bit to get started Wednesday. First warning for Race 1 is at 12:00 and Race 2 is scheduled to follow.
You can follow the race updates leading to the Star World Championship Trophy by clicking here. Every boat is equipped with a tracking device, so you can watch its movement live.
The International Star Class races a one-design racing keel boat that has been used in the Olympic Games since 1932. See what makes this class of race boats so special in the video below:
-Meg Walburn Viviano