EXCLUSIVE The ocean crossing aboard a Star: the crazy idea of Dario Noseda


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STAR in the ocean. “They cross the ocean now even in the bathtub, I don’t understand why it can’t be done in Star.” It doesn’t make a wrinkle, the reasoning of Dario Noseda, a Larian from Mandello (Lecco). Aboard the legendary boat, Olympic class from 1932 to 2012, next November (presumably on the 1st to 5th) she will set sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria towards the Bahamas, nearly 3,000 miles solo and 20 to 30 days at sea.

Dario Noseda

Dario’s Star was specially modified to attempt the feat. (by the way, you can come see it at the TAG Heuer VELAFestival, May 4-7 in Santa Margherita: and Dario will be there, ready to answer all your questions!)

“First of all,” he began, “we reinforced the hull and deck attachment and enclosed almost the entire cockpit. Such that removed the space for the helmsman. (I), create a covered compartment in the bow where I can sleep. A kind of survival cockpit made watertight.


At the bow we closed the hole that allowed the forestay adjustment, the mast is no longer through but ends at the deck. Of course, the shaft base was reinforced with anti-torsion plates“. The rudder attachments have also been strengthened. In addition, “we set up a second emergency rudder with needles and sissies.”


The tree, was made by Massimo Tagliaferro. Noseda explains, “It isone meter shorter than the original one, and the boom is also ‘cut’ by one meter. A raised carriage was built at the stern for the mainsail sheet. It is elevated so that I can act without hindrance should I need to use the emergency rudder at the stern).

We left the flywheels in place, and at the bow we mounted three forestays instead. A different rollable sail is rigged on each. The traditional Star jib, a tormentor and an asymmetric ‘drifter’ style hoping to have trade winds at the carriers most of the time.”


As for onboard power, Dario will be able to rely on three solar panels and probably two small hydro-generators (“but maybe I won’t need them”), which will go to charge two lithium batteries installed on the two inner bulwarks. These will be used to power two GPS and the satellite.

What about the supplies? “I will have freeze-dried foods that I will ‘revitalize’ with fresh water., which will be supplied to me by two manual desalinators and will cook on a tilting alcohol stove. In addition, I will have all the emergency equipment required by law.” The engine? “Absolutely not, I don’t want him aboard my Star!”

But it is in the inner lining of the hull that is the novelty. “Engineer Bertolotto’s idea. Use a kind of skeleton of plastic bottles, filled with air. In case of shocks and criticality, we have experienced, they are a very good shock absorber.”



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