|ISCYRA Regatta Report|| |
Thu Oct 20th, 2011 through Sun Oct 23rd, 2011
Winners Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen.
| Final results for six races at St. Tropez,
Report of Oct 21:
It must be said that the wind, extremely variable by 30 degrees, gave a hard time to the race committee and competitors. Indeed, after several general recalls due to many boats over early, several "black flags" have been launched meaning the temporary exclusion for several boats at fault.
To the delight of all, and after "only" two restarts, a second race been launched with a finish at 17:18. With also some dismastings, competitors who missed the mark, arrival of boats that affected the committee boat, a wave that never ceased to dig, numerous complaints, etc.., we can say that these two races were very hectic.
No surprises in the first results since two favorites are at the top of standings, Swedish Fredrik Loof, double world champion in the series, bronze medalist at the Beijing games in 2008 on the Star SWE 8450 and the Italian, Diego Negri European champion title star, vice world champion, here on the boat ITA 8266. Not far behind is Guillaume Florent on constant watch Star FRA 8270 and can still go for first place on the podium.
Report of Oct 22:
In Saint-Tropez, visitors were able to watch the Star, an Olympic sailing boat since 1932, where no improvisation is possible and where errors are sometimes paid for by a dismasting, sometimes by the loss of several places ... Tomorrow is the last race before the Star awards at 5pm for this "European centennial celebration regatta."
Victory to Loof and Salminen
Competitors enjoyed the usually good conditions with ideal racing for the final, Sunday, October 23. It is indeed beautiful sailing with the wind 14 to 17 knots and flat seas for last race. In the end, and after six races conducted in all, the Swedish champion Frederik Loof and Max Salminen SWE 8450 prevailed by only two points ahead of the Italian Diego Negri and Enrico Volton of ITA 8266. The Star GER 8340 with Robert Stanjek and Frithjof Kleen took third place.
In Saint-Tropez, the Star was a sensation, the Olympic sailing boat requires a lot of agility, technique, concentration, physical fitness and a great confidence in his team-mate. The star that represents the class is not nearly out!
During the awards ceremony, attended by elected officials; Andrée Anselmi, Jeannine Serra, Lawrence Small, officials of the class Jean-François Puisségur, the Chairman of the race, Jean-Pierre Mannetstatter, the President of the Nautical Society, André Beaufils, presented the trophies to the first three and the special prizes such as the first mixed crew won by Xavier and Nathalie Rohart.
A trophy was awarded to the yacht built entirely of wood by its owner - the Polish Star 1152 "Rozpior" with Raubo Marcin and Lukasz Lesinski. Not to mention the trophies for the youngest to not so young competitors. The City of Saint-Tropez was keen to give the winner a wonderful overall photo of the race taken by Jean-Louis Chaix.
Frederik Loof, winner of the Star "Berg Propulsion" SWE 8450: "It's great to see everyone here and have had good sailing conditions. All the world has made a "great job". I'm happy! It's cool to win, but especially since is a unique event!
Max Salminen, teammate "Berg Propulsion" SWE 8450: "It's really impressive to see so many Star boat on the water (about 100)! We have had beautiful sailing and there was a good atmosphere to the ground. It's a good place to sail!
Andrée Anselmi, municipal elected official: "Thank you for choosing St. Tropez to organize the centenary of the class STAR". We are honored and pleased that this gathering was held in conjunctio with the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez and that their team ... " Guillaume Florent, was the fifth overall and the top French finisher (FRA 8270), "It was a great regatta with great conditions and a good organization to match this centenary! We will come back for another anniversary of the class! In sporting terms, we are below the targets with my teammate, but our best equipment is in Australia where we will compete in the Star World Championship in the month of in December 2011. Then it will be preparations for the Olympics 2012!"
Insom Paolo, President of the Star Class Europe: Thank you for organizing this race which reflects the continuity of the Class STAR. Moreover, we have here the presence of Valentin Mankin, a gold medalist in the Star class at the 1980 Olympics.
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