Star World Championship - Hard fought win on day 4 + Video

2014 Star Class World Championship, Fraglia Vela Malcesine - Day 4: Boat Name: Marwin Skipper: Flavio Marazzi; Boat Name: eleven fifty-nine Skipper: George Szabo; Bow n: 06; Bow n: 68; Crew: Anouk Marazzi; Crew: Edouardo Natucci; Malcesine; Sail n: SUI 8364; Sail n: USA 8320
Marc Rouiller / Star Sailors League
Day four at the 2014 International Star Class World Championship will be remembered as the longer, until now, of this 92nd edition. Two races were in schedule due to the yesterday’s cancellation of the race number three in order to catch up with the program.

The first flight initially planned at 8.00 AM was delayed for two hours waiting a safe reduction of Garda’s famous southbound Peler wind. Around 10 o’clock race 3 had a great and clear start in good breeze with five Italians team among the top 10. GRE 8434 Emilios Papathanasiou and Antonis Tsotras led the fleet with an apparently safe advantage of 48' to ITA 8491 Diego Negri and Sergio Lambertenghi, 52' on GER 8442 Johannes Polgar and Markus Koy and 55' on BRA 8474 Lars Grael with Samuel Goncalves, when the rest of the fleet rounded already after one minute and more delay. At the first downwind mark of the day position one and two were unchanged, but BRA 8210 Torben Grael overlapped GER 8442 Polgar and Koy and became third in the second leg of the race.

2014 Star Class World Championship, Fraglia Vela Malcesine - Day 4, Start race 3
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Afterwards race 3 was characterized by a thermal wind switch of 180 degrees from northerly to southerly and ended with the second Brazilian Lars Grael and Sam Goncalves wins in a row in the series only 20 minutes prior to the time limit of a Star race in a World Champion.

After a quick lunch break, race 4 start was really aggressive as needed four sequences. It was the beginning of the second half of this championship, so the the pressure was on. Recalls, postponements and black flags saw overall 17 boats out of race 4, including BRA 8474 Lars Grael, that took his second highest penalty that put him potentially off the challenge for the podium.

2014 Star Class World Championship, Fraglia Vela Malcesine - Day 4, Robert Stanjek and Frithjof Kleen
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The final race of the day, with a stable Ora until the end, shows probably one of the highest numbers of matches during this week, with several lead changes. Husband and wife team of SUI 8364 Flavio and Anouk Marazzi from Switzerland lead for most of the race: a really great performance, considering the pressure from GER 8340 Stanjek and Kleen, and USA 8320 Szabo and Natucci. A little more than one leg prior to the end, Szabo with the Italian crew Natucci took the lead and kept it until the finish line.

2014 Star Class World Championship, Fraglia Vela Malcesine - Day 4, George Szabo and Edourado Natucci
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2014 International Star Class World Championship include two more races. Overall leaderboard shows USA 8465 Augie Diaz and Arni Baltins three points clear of ITA 849 Negri and Lambertenghi, followed by NOR 8317 Melleby and Prada, GER 8442 Polgar and Koy and BRA 8398 Fuchs and Seifert.

Robert Scheidt, the legendary Brazilian sailor, will be our guest tomorrow to comment the races live from the Fraglia Vela Malcesine press office.

Quote of the Day: George Szabo, winner of Race 4: 'It was a long day. We woke up at six in the morning and there was too much wind when we got to the yacht club after breakfast. A long postponement on land and then one very long race, the first race, it went close to the time limit so yeah, it’s a good feeling to have a win in the second race.'

2014 Star Class World Championship, Fraglia Vela Malcesine - Day 4, Simone Goncalves and Lars Schmidt
Marc Rouiller / Star Sailors League

2014 Star Class World Championship, Fraglia Vela Malcesine - Day 4, Seebejer Uli and Reinhard Schmidt
Marc Rouiller / Star Sailors League




Provisional Results, Day 4

No

Numero

Nome

Punti

1

2

3

4

1

USA 8465

Diaz Augie, 06-Giu-1954, Arnis Baltins, Coral Reef YC

32,0

6

10

10

6

2

ITA 8491

Negri Diego, 16-Apr-1971, Sergio Lambertenghi

35,0

16

2

5

12

3

NOR 8317

Melleby Eivind, 19-Apr-1972, Bruno Prada, Royal Norwegian, KNS

36,0

4

11

7

14

4

GER 8442

Polgar Johannes, 25-Ago-1977, Markus Koy, Norddeutscher

40,0

15

8

6

11

5

BRA 8398

Fuchs Marcelo, 24-Giu-1961, Ronald Seifert, YC Santo Amaro

45,0

27

4

4

10

6

GER 8340

Stanjek Robert, 05-Lug-1981, Frithjof Kleen

52,0

1

6

43

2

7

FRA 8237

Rohart Xavier, 07-Gen-1968, Serge Pulfer, Centre Fosseen de Voile

56,0

8

12

13

23

8

BRA 8210

Grael Torben Schmidt, 22-Lug-1960, Guilherme de Almeida, Rio Yacht Club

58,0

26

19

9

4

9

GRE 8434

Papathanasiou Emilios, 05-Ago-1973, Antonis Tsotras, Olympiacos

61,0

2

24

8

27

10

CRO 7287

Arapov Mate, 25-Feb-1976, Ante Sitic, JK Mornar Split

64,0

39

3

15

7

11

SWE 8446

Lofstedt Tom, 18-Mag-1954, Jesper Sundman

76,0

9

18

25

24

12

SUI 8364

Marazzi Flavio, 02-Lug-1978, Anouk Marazzi, TYC/GYC

83,0

23

33

22

5

13

DEN 8492

Svendsen Jorgen, 18-Mag-1964, Jens Chr. Jurlander, Hellerup Sejckluy

89,0

17

34

17

21

14

HUN 8386

Tenke Tibor, 13-Gen-1953, Miklos Bezereti, Spartacus

94,0

32

17

37

8

15

CRO 8339

Lovrovic Jr Marin, 16-Giu-1973, Marin Lovrovic Sr, YC Galeb

96,0

7

13

58

18

16

SUI 8409

Gautschi Christoph, 17-Mar-1960, Dominik Schenk, Bregenz

100,0

28

25

30

17

17

USA 8320

Szabo George, 07-Giu-1970, Edouardo Natucci, San Diego Yacht Club

108,0

bfd

7

12

1

18

GER 8427

Schmidt Reinhard, 18-Ott-1964, Seeberger, MYC

122,0

bfd

29

2

3

19

SUI 7854

Juchli Roman, 05-Mar-1974, Philipp Juchli, Yatch Club Arbon

122,0

5

49

35

33

20

GER 8450

Merkelbach Hubert, 18-Giu-1963, Gerrit Bartel, Bodensee YC Ueberlingen

124,0

3

15

18

bfd

21

USA 8335

Reynolds Mark, 11-Feb-1955, Beppe Oggioni, San Diego Yacht Club

125,0

12

5

20

bfd

22

AUT 8487

Scheinecker Christian, 31-Dic-1955, Gebhard Wallinger, Union Yacht Club Attersee

131,0

bfd

23

11

9

23

SUI 7829

Niklaus Michel, 09-Set-1962, Mark Strube

138,0

13

26

71

28

24

BRA 8390

Pascolato Alessandro, 16-Mag-1943, Henry Boening, Iate Clube de Rio de Janeiro

141,0

10

9

34

bfd

25

RUS 8359

Berezhnoy Andrei, 09-Mag-1968, Sergey Masalov, SPPS

142,0

31

32

64

15

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