ISCYRA  Regatta Report

Tue Nov 24th, 2009 through Sun Nov 29th, 2009

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2010 South American Championship

 

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Star South American Championship begins with seven World Champions Competing
By ESPBR Esporte Brasil, November 25, 2009

The presence of seven world champions at the 2010 Star South American Championship, being sailed at the Iate Clube do Rio de Janeiro, makes it one of the strongest fleets in the history of this event. A total of 60 boats will be competing from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Spain, United States, France, Greece, England, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland and Sweden. They are sailing eight races, two per day, with a drop race allowed after the fifth race.

"It is a preview for the 2010 Worlds," said Torben Grael. The Star World Championship will be 12 January to the 23rd, also on Guanabara Bay and at the Yacht Club of Rio de Janeiro. The South American Champoinship is hosting the best Star sailors of Brazil, highlighting Lars Grael and Ronald Seifert, who were bronze medalist at the 2009 Worlds and winners of the Royal Thames, which ended on Sunday, results that qualify the partnership as a favorite.

Lars Grael is the current South American champion from January 2009, sailing with Marcelo Jordao. Torben Grael and Marcelo Ferreira, twice champions of the Olympic Star class, Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada, also medalists at the 2008 Olympics and world champions in Cascais / 2007, are reviving the Brazilian duels in the class. Among the foreign entrants are George Szabo and Rick Peters, world champions at Sweden in August 2009, and the Swiss Flavio Marazzi and Enrico De Maria, current leaders of the Star rankings worldwide.

Besides the Brazilian helmsmen Alan Adler, Robert Scheidt and Torben Grael, the other world champions who will be skippering at the South American are: George Szabo (USA), Xavier Rohart (FRA), Ross MacDonald (CAN) and Frederick Loof (SWE).

To Torben Grael, not having sailing in the Star with Marcelo Ferreira for two years because of his ocean sailing campaigns, the South American "is the opportunity for more training to to do well in the World Championship." Torben said that, as there are be seven world champions skippering, this is a balanced competition and provides the luxury of high-level training for the Worlds.

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November 27, 28 and 30 reports by Lynn Fitzpatrick, worldregattas.com
Torben Grael (BRA) returned to Brazil after claiming his World Sailor of the Year Award in Korea and has taken an early lead at the Star South American Championship in Rio de Janeiro. Grael is teamed up with Marcello Ferreira. The pair has claimed a Star World Championship title and two Olympic Gold Medals together.

Poised one point behind the Brazilian superstars are Falvio Marazzi and Enrico De Maria (SUI). The Swiss are eager to win their first Star World Championship and are at the top of the ISAF rankings. They have been in Brazil training for the 2010 Star World Championship and the South American Championship is proving to be a good tune-up regatta. The Swiss trail the Brazilians in the regatta standings by one point after three races. They have 13 points.

The 70-boat fleet at the 2009 Star South American Championship, hosted by Iate Clube du Rio de Janeiro is an exceptional turnout (see above). The sailors are experiencing moderate to windy conditions.

Mark Mendelblatt and John Von Schwarz (USA) top the North American entries. They are in third place, with 25 points, following the completion of three races. Rick Merriman and Phil Trinter (USA) are in fifth with 33 points.

Lars Grael is teamed up again with Ronald Siefert (BRA). After taking third place in the 2009 Star World Championship in Varberg, Sweden, the pair sits in fourth place in this week's championship.

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Nov. 28 - Marazzi/DeMaria Lead Star South American Championship
Results are provisional, and it looks as if Flavio Marazzi and Enrico De Maria (SUI) amassed a nearly unassailable lead today at the Star South American Championship. The ISAF ranked #1 team posted a 7, 2 to their score while Torben Grael and Marcelo Ferreira (BRA), who were ahead of them by one point going into the day, had two double-digit scores and slipped to third place overall.

Past Star World Champion skipper, Alan Adler, sailing with Guilherme Almeida (BRA) also passed Grael and Ferreira with their low point score for the day. They sailed a remarkable 3,4 in the 70-boat fleet.

By discarding a deep 23rd place, two-time Star World Champion, Freddy Loof, sailing with Johann Tillander (SWE) moved up to fourth. Fewer than 20 points separate 2nd through 10th place. Six Star world championship winning skippers are included in the lot.

Marrazzi and De Maria are the only team that has posted single digit scores in each race. Expect them to remain consistent.

If the final day of racing is in light air, watch out for Lars Grael and Ronald Seifert (BRA), who are sitting in fifth place, with 31 points following the discard. They are also on a roll after having placed third at the 2009 Star World Championship and winning last week’s warm up regatta, the 2009 Taca Royal Thames. The rest of the Brazilians and a number of other teams savor heavy air, so anything can happen during the final day of racing on Sunday.

Nov. 30: Marazzi and DeMaria win Star South American Championship after no racing on final day due to light winds.
Flavio Marazzi and Enrico De Maria (SUI) won the Star South American Championship. A 70-boat fleet assembled in Rio de Janerio for the regatta. The regatta is viewed by all as the precursor for the 2010 Star World Championship, which will take place at the same venue in January.

Marazzi/DeMaria’s consistency enabled them to distance themselves from Adler/Gullherme (BRA) by nine points leaving many teams to scramble for the other podium positions. Fewer than 20 points separated the second through ninth place teams.

The Swiss team has been ranked #1 by ISAF since July. They placed eighth at the 2009 Star World Championship in Varberg, Sweden. Determined to win a Star World Championship, Marazzi/DeMaria have been in Brazil, along with many international teams, practicing for a string of Brazilian Star regattas leading up to the upcoming world championship.

Marazzi/DeMaria were the only team whose scoreline was comprised completely of single digit scores. They topped past Star World Champion skipper, Alan Adler (BRA), sailing with Guilherme Almeida (BRA). Adler, a stalwart promoter of Star sailing in Brazil and South America, was second.

World Sailor of the Year, Torben Grael (BRA) and the man who has collected a number of trophies as Torben’s trusted teammate, Marcello Ferreira (BRA), were third. Two-time Star World Champion, Freddy Loof, sailing with Johann Tillander (SWE) were fourth. Lars Grael and Ronald Seifert (BRA), who were third at the 2009 Star World Championship an won the Royal Thames regatta that was held a week earlier in Rio, were fifth.

By finishing seventh overall, past Star World Champion, Canada's Ross Macdonald and crew, Andre Lekszycki were the top North Americans. Mark Mendelblatt and Mark Vonschwartz (USA) were eighth. Reigning Star World Champions, George Szabo and Rick Peters (USA) rounded out the top ten at the regatta.


Star
Place Boat Skipper Crew Sail #: Fleet 1 2 3 4 5 Total
1 SUI 8364   Marazzi Flavio   De Maria Enrico   8364   TB   8.0 4.0 1.0 7.0 2.0 14
2 BRA 8210   Adler Alan   Almeida Guilherme   8210   RdJ   21.0 9.0 7.0 3.0 4.0 23
3 BRA 8397   Grael Torben   Ferreira Marcelo   8397   Gua   5.0 5.0 2.0 12.0 14.0 24
4 SWE 8387   Loof Fredrik   Tillander John   8387   Bk   17.0 1.0 23.0 6.0 3.0 27
5 BRA 8392   GRAEL LARS   SEIFERT RONALD   8392   Par   11.0 6.0 12.0 8.0 6.0 31
6 POR 8309   Domingos Afonso   Melo Frederico   8309   CP   18.0 26.0 4.0 5.0 5.0 32
7 CAN 8398   Macdonald Ross   Lekszycki Andre   8398   EB   22.0 19.0 5.0 1.0 11.0 36
8 USA 8389   Mendelblatt Mark   Vonschwartz John   8389   TaB   4.0 15.0 6.0 13.0 32.0 38
9 BRA 8394   SCHEIDT ROBERT   PRADA BRUNO   8255   GuA   15.0 2.0 24.0 34.0 1.0 42
10 USA 8273   Szabo George   Peters Rick   8273   SDB   6.0 64.0 [DSQ] 9.0 9.0 18.0 42.0001
11 GBR 8333   Gimson John   Greig Ed   8025   SO   14.0 17.0 20.0 4.0 9.0 44
12 USA 8362   Merriman Rick   Trinter Phil   8362   LH   7.0 7.0 19.0 37.0 12.0 45
13 USA 8361   Campbell Andrew   Nichol Brad   8361   BisB   2.0 29.0 10.0 14.0 23.0 49
14 FRA 8237   Rohart Xavier   Ponsot Pierre Alexis   8237   NI   13.0 14.0 42.0 19.0 10.0 56
15 ARG 8211   Rigoni Alejo   Percossi Juan Pablo   8211   BA   9.0 20.0 30.0 22.0 8.0 59
16 GER 8378   Babendererde Johannes   Jacobs Tino   8378   Moh   3.0 8.0 36.0 36.0 13.0 60
17 BRA 8282   PASCOLATO ALESSANDRO   Boening Henry   8282   GuB   23.0 3.0 14.0 20.0 25.0 60.0001
18 GER 8296   Stanjek Robert   Stanjek Philipp   8340   BF   1.0 18.0 50.0 26.0 16.0 61
19 GER 8299   Miller Matthias   Wenk Benedickt   8299   UB   33.0 11.0 11.0 42.0 7.0 62
20 BRA 8283   Brun Gastao   Kunze Gustavo   8283   BA   12.0 40.0 15.0 27.0 19.0 73
21 GER 8140   Merkelbach Hubert   Kleen Frithjof   8140   UB   34.0 10.0 41.0 15.0 24.0 83
22 GBR 8396   Razmilovic Ante   Wolfs Mike   8316   NFB   29.0 13.0 18.0 29.0 58.0 89
23 ARG 7966   Labandeira Julio   Thomson Valentin   7966   OL   30.0 22.0 25.0 16.0 38.0 93
24 ARG 8381   Kouyoumdjian Juan   Colla Alejandro   8381   Lar   35.0 12.0 34.0 31.0 17.0 94
25 GRE 8183   Papathanasiou Emilios   Papastefanou Pachos   8138   GR   26.0 28.0 8.0 49.0 34.0 96
26 ESP 8297   Echavarri Erasun Fernando   Rodriguez Rivero Fernando   8297   Lar   16.0 27.0 17.0 39.0 42.0 99
27 BRA 8300   FICKER PETER   Oliveira Ubiratan   8300   SAN   42.0 36.0 3.0 32.0 29.0 100
28 BRA 8284   Raulino Gabriel   Rosas Juliano   8284   Par   51.0 34.0 28.0 11.0 27.0 100
29 BRA 7772   Da Fonseca Francisco   Floricke Manfredo   7772   Cop   24.0 38.0 32.0 25.0 20.0 101
30 BRA 8337   Cunha Renato   Ermel Ricardo   8337   RdJ   27.0 32.0 35.0 28.0 15.0 102
31 BRA 8172   Mirsky Andre   JORDO MARCELO   6475   RdJ   37.0 42.0 16.0 24.0 35.0 112
32 USA 7885   Bonanni Claude   Burgess Richard   8279   TaB   52.0 30.0 51.0 2.0 30.0 113
33 GER 8109   Polgar Johanes   Koy Markus   8109   Ess   25.0 16.0 40.0 40.0 47.0 121
34 BRA 8145   Bodra Fabio Barbosa   Lopes Arthur   8145   SP   39.0 21.0 64.0 [DNC] 21.0 40.0 121
35 GER 8016   Rauch Hubert   Schapeler Ingo   8016   And   49.0 50.0 37.0 18.0 26.0 130
36 BRA 7284   Castro Cesar   Montezuma Afonso   7284   Par   58.0 46.0 31.0 17.0 37.0 131
37 BRA 8393   Carabelli Horacio   Gonzalez Gustavo   8393   RdJ   10.0 23.0 52.0 64.0 [DSQ] 49.0 134
38 BRA 7441   Bueno Mauricio   Zarif Jorge Joao   7441   GuB   45.0 64.0 [DNF] 21.0 23.0 46.0 135
39 SUI 8034   Erzeberger Peter   Goncalves Samuel   8296   TB   40.0 53.0 43.0 10.0 43.0 136
40 ARG 7777   Della Torre Gerardo   Latour Guillermo   7777   BA   31.0 25.0 26.0 55.0 54.0 136
41 USA 8067   HORNOS Tomas   HORNOS Luis   8067   BH   38.0 24.0 33.0 43.0 50.0 138
42 ITA 8242   Boggi Lucio   Colaninno Ferdinando   8242   Gar   44.0 33.0 47.0 41.0 22.0 140
43 ITA 8390   Barovier Alberto   Griggio Cristian   8390   SG   64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 27.0 30.0 21.0 142
44 BRA 8251   Conrad Reinaldo   Ostergreen Lucas   8251   GuB   28.0 43.0 38.0 35.0 59.0 144
45 BRA 7770   Dohnert Carlos   Ilha Fernando   7770   Cop   48.0 51.0 13.0 59.0 36.0 148
46 SUI 8085   Zimmermann Lorenz   Hollweg Nils   8085   LUV   43.0 35.0 54.0 33.0 45.0 156
47 ARG 7700   Della Torre Daniel Gustavo   Barroso Julian Gazari   7700   BA   47.0 45.0 22.0 51.0 44.0 158
48 BRA 7884   Valerio Ricardo   Cabete Henrique   7884   SP   46.0 44.0 29.0 45.0 41.0 159
49 BRA 8287   Reis Luiz Andre   Moura Renato   8287   Par   41.0 41.0 44.0 53.0 33.0 159
50 ITA 7556   Fornaro Andrea   Capociuchi Riccardo   7556   LdB   32.0 64.0 [DNF] 49.0 52.0 28.0 161
51 CHI 7972   Gimeno Vicente Pablo   Riegel Robert   7972   Val   60.0 37.0 39.0 50.0 39.0 165
52 BRA 8049   Raulino Guilherme   Lagoa Marcos   8049   Par   20.0 39.0 46.0 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 169
53 BRA 7590   King John Albert   Macpherson Norman   7590   Cop   19.0 31.0 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 178
54 BRA 8039   Goretkin Sergio   Cruz Renato   8212   RdJ   36.0 49.0 59.0 48.0 53.0 186
55 ARG 7909   Perez Jorge Oscar   Tufarolo Marcelo   7909   OL   56.0 56.0 60.0 44.0 31.0 187
56 BRA 8046   Valentim Renato   Buchli Jr Arno   8046   GuB   62.0 48.0 53.0 38.0 48.0 187
57 BRA 8117   Caruso Bruno Manzoli   Bremer Rolf   8117   GuB   50.0 55.0 57.0 46.0 52.0 203
58 BRA 8391   Gonzaga Neto Admar   Figueiredo De Freitas Alexandre   8391   Par   57.0 47.0 45.0 58.0 55.0 204
59 BRA 7212   Goretkin Filho Sergio   Moraes Rodolfo   7212   RdJ   55.0 64.0 [DNS] 55.0 47.0 51.0 208
60 BRA 7823   Almeida Joao Marcos   Bunge Manuel   7823   Cop   54.0 54.0 48.0 56.0 56.0 212
61 BRA 7826   Alves Cesar   Dumont Alex   7826   Par   53.0 64.0 [DNF] 56.0 54.0 57.0 220
62 ARG 8061   Pietrangeli Mario   Wessel Frederico   8061   OL   59.0 52.0 58.0 64.0 [DNF] 64.0 [DNC] 233
63 CHI 7310   Schiappacasse Domenico   Schiappacasse Manlio   7310   Val   61.0 57.0 61.0 57.0 60.0 235

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