Porto Cervo, Italy (June 17, 2019) – The Star Class World Championship is off to a good start with today’s race run as scheduled despite light breeze. The Championship, which has returned to Porto Cervo after thirty years, has 63 competing teams from 20 different nations.
Just as the Starting Procedures were getting underway as scheduled a wind shift forced the Race Committee to hoist the AP flag and wait for the breeze to settle. After about an hour a northerly breeze from 7 to 9 knots kicked in and the Star fleet could begin their World Championship. The course was changed along the final leg when the breeze shifted to the northeast and dropped to 4-5 knots.
At the end of the day there are two Italian teams in the lead followed by a Spanish team.
Enrico Chieffi, the Star Class World Champion in 1996, and his crew Manlio Corsi (above) captured the lead right from the start, rounding the first mark in first place and lengthening their lead right to the finish. The second placed team today is also Italian and sees Diego Negri – silver medallist at the 2016 Star European Championship – with Sergio Lambertenghi aboard.
ay One Results (Top 10 of 63; 1 race)
1. ITA Enrico Chieffi/ Manlio Corsi
2. ITA Diego Negri/ Sergio Lambertenghi
3. ESP Roberto Bermudez De Castro/ Miguel Fernandez Vasco
4. NOR Elvind Melleby/ Joshua Revkin
5. NED Thomas Allart/ Kilian Weise
6. POL Mateusz Kuszinierewicz/ Bruno Prada
7. SWE Tom Loefstedt/ Anders Ekstrom
8. USA Doug Smith/ Brian O’Mahony
9. GER Hubert Merkelbach/ Maarkus Koy
10. USA Augie Diaz/ Henry Boenning