Records of the International Star Class Yacht Racing Association (Coll. 208)


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Overview of the Records

History of the International Star Class Yacht Racing Association

Scope and Content

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Records

Overview of the Records

Repository: G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: International Star Class Yacht Racing Association
Title: Records of the International Star Class Yacht Racing Association
Dates: 1925-1993
Extent: ca. 3000 items
Abstract: Reports and other papers of the measurement, technical, and judiciary committees; minutes; race programs; publicity; and volumes of Star Class registers.
Identification: Coll. 208

History of the International Star Class Yacht Racing Association

The Star Class was founded at Port Washington, Long Island, in 1911. Initially 22 Stars were built. Fifteen went to owners at the American Yacht Club in Rye, New York, and the remainder to other clubs on Western Long Island Sound. Since then the rig has been improved and modernized several times, but the hull design remains unchanged.

In January 1922, the Star Class Yacht Racing Association was created at a meeting in New York City. A constitution and a set of by-laws were adopted, and five fleet charters granted. This was the first one-design association, and with far-sighted leadership was nursed through its formative years into the successful international organization that its members enjoy today. With over 160 local fleets in 27 countries, it is considered the world's greatest one-design racing class. Approximately 8,000 Stars have been built to date (1989), all unified under the umbrella of the I.S.C.Y.R.A.

International officers include the President, Vice Presidents, Secretary, and Treasurer. Class policy is set by the International Governing Committee, with representatives from Europe, North America, South America, and Australia. Some tasks are handled by special committees such as the Administrative, Judicial, Development, Technical, and Measurement committees. There are also fleet captains and secretaries, district secretaries and continental vice presidents, all performing various local functions.

A monthly newsletter "Starlights" is published, along with the annual year book, "The Log". These publications contain descriptions and accounts of club events, and more importantly, race results, class rules and regulations, specifications, and other by-laws of the Association (The G.W. Blunt White Library has a complete set of "Starlights", and "The Log", cataloged and available for research.)

For a more detailed history of the I.S.C.Y.R.A. we suggest Forty Years Among the Stars, by George Elder, pub. 1955. A copy is in the Library's collection cataloged as: Rare Books GV 823 I5.7 E4.2 ALSO: A History of The Star Class; The First Eighty Years, by C. Stanley Ogilvy, pub. 1991. A copy of this book is also in the Library's collection. (Revised Jan. 1994)

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Scope and Content

The Archives, currently about 3,000 pieces, is contained in acid-free document boxes and file folders, and is shelved in our manuscripts vault. The first 17 boxes represent the initial gift of records received in 1989. Boxes 1 - 12 are organized by committee and are chronologically arranged. Here one will find Administrative Committee minutes, International Governing Committee papers, Development Committee correspondence, numerous measurement and technical reports, plans, specifications, and Judicial Board records. Boxes 13 & 13a contain various Fleet Charters granted between 1922 and 1985. Box 14 has trophy records and related photos, while Box 15 contains George W. Elder's manuscript for his book, Forty Years Among The Stars. Two boxes hold miscellaneous files and numerous race programs, circulars, brochures, and other publicity.

Boxes 18 - 31 contain material received in 1990 and is organized in the same fashion as the records previously described. Consequently anyone interested in the papers of the Technical Committee must see Boxes 11, 21 & 22, etc. Correspondence, and related papers for the World's Championships, 1942 - 1991, can be found in Boxes 26, 27, & 27a. Box 32 has additional papers received in 1995, which are clearly identified in the folder descriptions.

Of special importance to the Archives are the Registers for Star Class boats, numbers 1 - 5100 recorded between the years 1911 and 1974. These 17 volumes are arranged by boat number, and are listed in this Inventory following Box 17.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Available for use in the Manuscripts Division.

Restrictions on Use

Various copying restriction apply. Guidelines are available from the Manuscripts Division. See also: Mystic Seaport's copyright notice.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the G. W. Blunt White Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Subjects:

Sailboats
Sailing
Yacht racing
Yachting--Societies, etc.
Yachts--Design and construction

Document Types:

Minutes
Programs

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 208, Manuscripts Collection, G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.

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Detailed Description of the Records

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Initial Material 1926-1990
Administrative Committee Minutes; 1973 Jan-1993
Box Folder
1 1 Administrative Committee Minutes; 1973
2 Administrative Committee Minutes; 1974-1977
3 Administrative Committee Minutes; 1978-1980
Box Folder
2 1 Administrative Committee Minutes; 1981
2 Administrative Committee Minutes; 1982
3 Administrative Committee Minutes; 1983
4 Administrative Committee Minutes; 1984
5 Administrative Committee Minutes; 1985
6 Administrative Committee Minutes; 1986
7 Administrative Committee Minutes; 1987
8 Administrative Committee Minutes; 1988
9 Administrative Committee Minutes; 1989
10 Administrative Committee Minutes; 1990
11 Administrative Committee Minutes; 1991
12 Administrative Committee Minutes; 1992
13 Administrative Committee Minutes; 1993
Minutes, Inter. Governing Committee; 1976-1992
Box Folder
3 1 I.G.C. Minutes & Related Papers; 1976-1979
2 I.G.C. Minutes & Related Papers; 1980-1981
3 I.G.C. Minutes & Related Papers; 1982
4 I.G.C. Minutes & Related Papers; 1983-1984
5 I.G.C. Minutes & Related Papers; 1985-1988
6 I.G.C. Minutes & Related Papers; 1989-1993
Development Committee; Papers; ca. 1944-1962
Box Folder
4 1 Development Committee; Members and their duties; 1948-1951
2 Development Committee; Correspondence, Europe; 1948-1951
3 Development Committee; General correspondence; 1951-1959
4 Development Committee; Pamphlets, correspondence; 1961-1963
5 Development Committee; General correspondence; 1962
6 Development Committee; Correspondence regarding George W. Elder's book, "Forty Years Among The Stars"; ca. 1955-1965
7 Development Committee; Correspondence, Asia; 1948-1949
8 Development Committee; Correspondence, Africa; 1944-1948
9 Development Committee; Correspondence, N.A.; 1944-1951
10 Development Committee; Correspondence, S.A.; 1946-1952
Measurement Committee; Papers; ca. 1970-1985
Box Folder
5 1 Measurement Committee; Papers; 1970-1976
2 Measurement Committee; Papers; 1977
3 Measurement Committee; Papers; 1978
4 Measurement Committee; Papers; 1979
5 Ad Committee & Measurement Committee Problems; 1977-1979
Box Folder
6 1 Measurement Committee; Newsletters 1-5
2 Initial Questionnaire from Newsletter 4
3 Pending; Measurement Cert., Bill Richards Action; ca. 1979-1980
4 Measurement Committee; Report to I.G.C.; 1981
5 Chief Measurers Visits; 1981 and 1982
6 Measurement Committee; Correspondence; 1982
7 Correspondence referring to Richards and/or Measurements Committee; ca. 1982
8 Measurement Committee; Rulings; ca. 1982
9 Measurement Committee; Correspondence; 1983
10 Notices to Measurers and Builders; 1983 and 1984
11 Measurement Committee; Correspondence; 1984
12 Measurement Committee; Correspondence; 1985
Measurement Committee; Miscellaneous Papers; ca. 1980
Box Folder
7 1 Measurement Committee; Misc. Papers; ca.l970's
2 Measurement Committee; Misc. Papers; 1980-1981
3 Measurement Committee; Misc. Papers; 1982-1988
Measurement & Technical Papers; ca.1978-1979
Box Folder
8 1 Bill Richards; General Correspondence 2A-02
2 Committee Correspondence; Area Measurers Trip Reports, 2A-02a
3 Notice to Builders and Measurers, 2A-03
4 Measurement Committee; Newsletter and Correspondence, 2A-04
5 Measurement Committee; Newsletter and Correspondence, 2A-04
6 Newsletter Questionnaires, 2A-04a
7 Special Measurement Problems, 2A-05
8 Builder/Measurement Correspondence, 2A-06
9 AD Committee, I.G.S.C.T.C. Correspondence, 2A-08
Box Folder
9 1 Plans/Specifications; Proposed changes/questions, Approval, 2A-10
2 Wood boats; 2A-12l
3 Defunct Builders, 2A-12m
4 I.S.C.Y.R.A. Technical Committee; Old Greenwich Boat Co
5 Technical Committee; Fiberglass (D. Millar)
6 Eichenlaub Fiberglass boat
7 Mastmakers; 2A-120
8 Keels; 2A-12r and 2A-12p
9 Form "J" Measurement Questionnaire; 2A & B
10 World's Championship; Measuring procedure, 2A-13
Box Folder
10 1 Bill Gerard's Action; File 2B-Ol
2 Bill Gerard; General Correspondence, 2B-02
3 Committee Correspondence; 2B-03
4 Rulings, 2B-04; 1979
5 Rulings Up To 1979 and 1980; 2B-05
6 Keels 2B-06
7 Uniform Thickness; Calculations of, 2B-07
8 Sails; 2B-08
9 Masts, 2B-09
10 Consistency of Star Boat Hulls, 2B-10
11 Buoyancy, General Correspondence; 2B-13a
12 Misc. Technical Information and Literature, 2B-14
13 I.S.C.Y.R.A. Star Class Crane Scales
Technical Committee; Papers; 1965-1971 and 1979-1985
Box Folder
11 1 Technical Committee; New Offsets; ca. 1965-1971
2 Technical and Measurement Correspondence; ca. 1979-1982
3 Wood Specifications Questionnaire, (File #2); 1980
4 Technical Committee Memos, etc.; 1982
5 Technical Committee; Correspondence; 1983
6 Deck Depression; 1983
7 Correspondence re. Mader Keel; 1983
8 Technical Committee Correspondence; 1984-1985
9 American Blue Print; Contour Explanation; undated
Judicial Board; Cases and Appeals; 1929-1987
Box Folder
12 1 Judiciary Board; Cases; 1978-1987
2 Appeals; 1929-1973
3 Judiciary Board; Adams-Reynolds case (JB case 1-1989)
Fleet Charters; 1928-1972; 1976-1978; 1981-1985
Box Folder
13 1 Charters; 1928-1939
2 Charters; 1940-1949
3 Czechoslovakia Fleets; 1949-1951
4 Charters; 1950-l959
5 Charters; 1960-1962
6 Charters; 1963
7 Charters; 1964
8 Charters; 1965-1966
9 Charters; 1967
10 Charters; 1968
11 Charters; 1969
12 Charters; 1970
13 Charters Granted; 1971-1972
14 New Fleet Charters; 1976-1977
15 Fleet Charter Applications; 1978
16 Fleet Charters; 1981
17 Fleet Charters; 1982-1984
18 Fleet Charters; 1985
19 Fleet Charters, Applications; 1986-1987
Envelope; 1922 Jan 20
Box Folder
13A 1 Fleet Charter form. (In use since 1922) and Western L.I. Sound Fleet Charter; 1922 Jan 20
Trophies; ca.1946-1988
Box Folder
14 1 Trophy Records and Photographs
2 Correspondence re. old trophies; ca.l946-1951
3 Deeds of Gift; Trophies; ca. 1946-1988
4 Racing Winners Trophy Correspondence; 1933-1988
George W. Elder Manuscript; ca.1953
Box Folder
15 1 George W. Elder Manuscript; ca. 1953
Miscellaneous Files; ca.1940-1980
Box Folder
16 1 Clinton Courier and Blackmore Press Correspondence; 1957, 1967, and 1983
2 Measurement Certificates; Conditional Approvals; ca. 1940's
3 I.S.C.Y.R.A. Certification of Registration; Copyright Seal; 1948 May, Aug; 1948
4 Elder Memorial Fund; ca. 1955
5 Correspondence pertaining to motion pictures; ca. 1940-1968
6 Paper Fleets; 1962
7 I.S.C.Y.R.A. Lines, offsets, specifications, etc., re. the Star Class; ca. 1970
8 "Star" weights; undated
9 "Office Manual", George Elder; 1947
10a Self-bailing cockpits - Binkhorst Case; 1982
10 Self-bailing cockpit controversy; 1982
11 Miscellaneous correspondence, reports, etc.; ca. l980-1982
Miscellaneous printed/published material; brochures, circulars, clippings, etc.
Box Folder
17 1 Printed race programs and notices, etc.; 1926-1959
2 Printed race programs and notices, etc.; 1960-1979
3 Printed race programs and notices, etc.; 1980-1989
3a Printed race programs and notices, etc.; 1990-
4 Printed matter, brochures, circulars, etc., re. activities of I.S.C.Y.R.A.; ca.l920-1980's
5 Miscellaneous clippings, notes, etc., regarding I.S.C.Y.R.A. and its activities; ca.l930-1960
6 Product brochures; fittings and accessories for the Star Class Yacht
7 Central Long Island Sound Fleet; 25th Anniversary Book; 1947
Registers for Star Class Yachts, Nos. 1-5100, recorded between the years 1911 and 1974; 1911-1974
Volume
1 Yacht nos. 1-300
2 Yacht nos. 301-600
3 Yacht nos. 601-899
4 Yacht nos. 900-1200
5 Yacht nos. 1201-1500
6 Yacht nos. 1501-1800
7 Yacht nos. 1801-2100
8 Yacht nos. 2101-2400
9 Yacht nos. 2401-2700
10 Yacht nos. 2701-3000
11 Yacht nos. 3001-3300
12 Yacht nos. 3301-3600
13 Yacht nos. 3601-3900
14 Yacht nos. 3901-4200
15 Yacht nos. 4201-4500
16 Yacht nos. 4501-4800
17 Yacht nos. 4801-5100
Additional Material, received 1990 Dec 1921-1992
Star Class and Western Long Island Sound Fleet, early documents and papers; ca.1921-1960
Box Folder
18 1 Constitution, By-Laws, Rules & Regulations; Dec 1921
1a Star Class Racing Rules; amended 1918 Apr
2 Star Class Racing Rules; amended 1921 Apr
3 Executive Committee, Minutes; 1921 Dec 27
4 Annual Meeting, Minutes; 1922 Jan 20
5 California Yacht Club Fleet Charter (copy); granted 1922 Apr 25
6 Narragansett Bay Fleet Bulletins; 1924
7 Western Long Island Fleet, Charter; granted 1922 Jan 20
8 Western Long Island Fleet, Constitution & By-Laws, etc.; 1924-1940
9 Western Long Island Fleet, Minutes; 1922-1964
10 Western Long Island Fleet, Printed Race Schedules; 1936-1942
11 George W. Elder, Misc. Correspondence & Papers; ca. 1922-1955
Administrative Committee; Misc. Correspondence; 1973-1984
Box Folder
19 1 Misc. Correspondence; 1973-1976
2 Misc. Correspondence; 1977
3 Misc. Correspondence; 1978
4 Misc. Correspondence; 1979
5 Misc. Correspondence; 1980
6 Misc. Correspondence; 1981
7 Misc. Correspondence; 1982
8 Misc. Correspondence; 1983
9 Misc. Correspondence; 1984
Administrative Committee, Misc. Correspondence, and Meetings Agenda; 1973-1988
Box Folder
20 1 Misc. Correspondence; 1985
2 Misc. Correspondence; 1986
3 Misc. Correspondence; 1987
4 Misc. Correspondence; 1988
5 Administrative Committee Agenda; 1973-1978
6 Administrative Committee Agenda; 1979
7 Administrative Committee Agenda; 1982
Technical Committee; Correspondence & Papers; 1963-1975
Box Folder
21 1 Technical Committee Correspondence; 1963
2 Technical Committee Correspondence; 1964
3 Technical Committee Correspondence; 1965
4 Technical Committee Correspondence; 1966
5 Technical Committee Correspondence; 1967
6 Technical Committee Correspondence; 1968
7 Technical Committee Correspondence; 1969
8 Technical Committee Correspondence; 1970
9 Technical Committee Correspondence; 1971
10 Technical Committee Correspondence; 1972
11 Technical Committee Correspondence; 1973
12 Technical Committee Correspondence; 1974
13 Technical Committee Correspondence; 1975
Technical Committee, Correspondence, papers, & Miscellaneous files; 1966-1989
Box Folder
22 1 Technical Committee Correspondence; 1976
2 Technical Committee Correspondence; 1977
3 Technical Committee Correspondence; 1978
4 Technical Committee Correspondence; 1979
5 Technical Committee Correspondence; 1980
6 Technical Committee Correspondence; 1981-1982
7 Technical Committee Correspondence; 1983
8 Technical Committee Correspondence; 1984
9 Technical Committee Correspondence; 1985
10 Technical Committee Correspondence; 1986-87
11 Technical Committee Correspondence; 1988-89
12 Technical Committee, Agenda Replies; 1966
13 Technical Committee, "Flotation"; 1968-1971
14 Technical Committee, Swing Test; ca.l972-1975
15 Technical Committee, Correspondence, etc; 1986-1987
16 Technical Committee, Correspondence, etc; 1988-1990
International Governing Committee; Minutes, Agenda, Related Papers; 1964-1987
Box Folder
23 1 International Governing Committee Minutes, etc.; 1964-1967
2 International Governing Committee Minutes, etc.; 1968-1970
3 International Governing Committee Minutes, etc.; 1971-1972
4 International Governing Committee Minutes, etc., London & Caracas; 1971 Nov; 1972 Mar
5 International Governing Committee Minutes, London; Nov 1972
6 International Governing Committee Minutes, etc., Davos, Switzerland; 1973 Mar-Apr
7 International Governing Committee Minutes, etc., San Diego, CA; 1973 Oct
8 International Governing Committee Minutes, etc.; ca.1974-1987
International Governing Committee, Miscellaneous Papers; 1972-1986
Box Folder
24 1 International Governing Committee Papers; San Diego, CA; 1973 Oct
2 International Governing Committee Papers; Davos, Switzerland; 1974
3 International Governing Committee Papers; Laredo, Spain; 1974
4 International Governing Committee Papers, Nassau, Bahamas; 1975 Mar
5 International Governing Committee Papers, Nassau, Bahamas; 1976
6 International Governing Committee Agenda & Papers; 1976-1977
7 International Governing Committee Agenda; 1978
8 International Governing Committee Papers; Coral Gables, FL; 1982 Mar
9 International Governing Committee Papers; Medemblik; 1982 Aug
10 International Governing Committee Papers; 1983
Box Folder
25 1 International Governing Committee, Papers; Algarve, Portugal; 1984
2 International Governing Committee Papers, London, England; 1984
3 International Governing Committee Papers, Nassau, Bahamas; 1985
4 International Governing Committee Papers, Capri, Italy; 1986
5 International Governing Committee Agenda, Capri, Italy; 1986
6 International Governing Committee Miscellaneous Papers; 1972
7 International Governing Committee Miscellaneous Corres; 1973-1975
8 International Governing Committee Miscellaneous Corres; 1980-1989
World's Championships, Correspondence and Related Papers; ca.1942-1991
Box Folder
26 1 World's Championships, Certificates, Race Instructions, etc.; l942-1950
2 World's Championships; 1963
3 World's Championships; 1972
4 World's Championships; 1973
5 World's Championships; 1974
6 World's Championships; 1975
7 World's Championships, Race Instructions; 1975
8 World's Championships; 1976
9 World's Championships; 1977
Box Folder
27 1 World's Championships; 1978
Box Folder
27A 1 World's Championships, Jury; 1986
2 World's Championships, Fleet Size; 1978
2 World's Championships; 1989
3 World's Championships, Venue Controversy; 1990
3 World's Championships, Jury; 1978
4 Determining Location of 1990 World's Championships
4 World's Championships; 1979
5 World's Championships; 1991
5 World's Championships, Jury; 1979
6 World's Championships; 1980
7 World's Championships, Jury; 1980
8 World's Championships; 1981
9 World's Championships, Jury; 1981
10 World's Championships; 1982
11 World's Championships, LLD File; 1982
12 World's Championships, Jury; 1982
13 World's Championships, Jury; 1983
14 World's Championships, Jury; 1984
15 World's Championships; 1985
Star Class - Miscellaneous Files; A-Z; 1936-1992
Box Folder
28 1 Annual Meeting, Minutes & Papers; ca.1975-1992
2 Boat Builders (incl. Kemble); 1976-1978
3 Continental Committees; 1975-1977
4 Correspondence, Harry Adler; 1981
5 Correspondence, Executive Vice President (Misc. Corres); 1973-1974
6 Correspondence, John W. Lane; 1936
7 Correspondence, Ogilvy/Yacht Club Von Deutschland; 1939 Aug
8 Correspondence, President (Misc. Corres.); 1972-1978
8a Correspondence, Joe Knowles; 1984-1987
9 Correspondence - Dierk Thomsen; 1976-1986
10 Correspondence, William W. Parks; 1977-1979
11 Corry Memorial Fund; 1945-1946
12 District Championships, Blue Star; 1973-1979
13 District 14, Star Class; 1974-1977
14 District Secretary Reports; 1973-1975
Box Folder
29 1 Executive Committee, Misc.; 1972
2 Film Project, Star Class; 1981
3 Fleet List, Star Class; 1974-1975
4 Forms, Star Class; 1973
5 Green Star (4th District); 1978
6 International Race Committee, Star Class; 1978-1982
7 International Yacht Racing Union, Meetings, etc.; 1975-1980
8 Judiciary Board, Star Class; 1977-1987
9 "Log", Star Class; 1984-1985
10 "Log", Simplification; 1980-1985
11 Long Range Plans; 1974-1975
Box Folder
30 1 North American Star Championships; 1969
2 North American Star Championships; 1970
3 North American Star Championships; 1977-1983
4 Official Procedures, Star Class; 1968-1969
5 Officers & Appointments, Star Class; 1974-1979
6 Olympic Trials; 1972
7 Organization Manual, ISCYRA, ed; 1976
8 Olympics, Star Class; 1976-1985
9 Resolutions; 1977-1982
10 Sanctions; 1973-1977
11 SLM, 4th District, Fleet; 1978-1983
12 Spring Championships, Star Class; 1977
12a "Starlights" issues; 1923 Aug-1924 Nov
13 "Starlights" (Ogilvy), General Information; 1974-1985
14 Treasurer (financial), General; 1973-1979
15 20th District, By-Laws; 1979
16 Village of Glenview; 1976
17 William W. Parks, Retirement as ISCYRA President; 1978
Box Folder
International Star Class Yacht Racing Association, Artifacts and Memorabilia. Includes the book, "A History of The Star Class: The First Eighty Years"; 1991
Box Folder
31 1 International Star Class Yacht Racing Association, Artifacts and Memorabilia. Includes the book, "A History of The Star Class: The First Eighty Years", autographed by the author; pub. 1991
Additional Material, received, July 1995 1973-1993
Additional Material, Received 1995 Jul; 1973-1993
Box Folder
32 1 Budget; 1992
2 Constituting By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation, and re. correspondence; 1993
3 Financial Statements; 1991 Dec 31
4 Sailing Activity Statistics; 1973-1983
5 Survey Determinations; 1991

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