London 2012 form guide: The Star

Richard Langdon / Skandia Team GBR
Britain v Brazil clash of the titans anticipated
Having thought about this for some months now – one of the travesties of the Star being dropped from the Olympic roster for Rio 2016 is that it represents the loss of what is Olympic sailing's effective ‘champion of champions’ event. Yes, we will be watching all of the sailing events in Weymouth and all will be filled with top notch sailors. But the Star class is where the grown-ups go to slog it out, it is the heavyweight bout of Olympic yachting, the battle royal between the legends of our sport. The Star will be the sailing event we will be most glued to at London 2012. The doublehanded Star keelboat is limited to 16 boats at the Olympic Games and of the 32 sailors only 11 haven’t been to the Games before and of these only two are helms - Robert Stanjek (GER) and Eivind Melleby (NOR). Between the 16 helms alone there are 41 Olympiads, the line-up including several Olympic sailing titans. Most notable is Robert Scheidt (BRA) who has won either a gold or a silver medal at all four of the Olympic Games he’s been to. It should be remembered, if one scores medals as 3 points for gold, 2 for silver and 1 for bronze, Scheidt is only 1 point behind Ben Ainslie (thanks to a certain final Laser race in Sydney in 2000) and, continuing this scoring method, if he wins Gold in Weymouth, he, as well as Ainslie, will both have eclipsed Paul Elvstrøm’s present record as the most successful Olympic sailor of all time. But then there is Iain Percy, the defending Olympic champion, who has won gold in two of the three Olympic Games he’s been to. And the huge depth of experience continues in the likes of Freddie Loof (SWE), for whom