At the Yacht Club Sanremo the great entertaining Star European Championship is over, with the great names of the sailing world, which once again demonstrated the charm of the former Olympic Star Class
Podium played with the last and decisive regatta, at list for the first 4 crews (3 points)
Great silver for Italy with Diego Negri (Yacht Club Sanremo) and Sergio Lambertenghi (Circle Sail Torbole), who ended the Star European Championship in the best way possible: they won the 6th and last regatta started in light wind conditions on 6 knots, which then increased to 15. “It was a great way to finish the Championship – commented the helmsman Diego Negri – unfortunately regattas are won or lost in different races, which ultimately decide on the final result, the very first test I ended 15th, is the one that has compromised me a bit throughout the championship: it was given the start in unstable wind conditions and from there all went wrong. From the second race onwards I had to be as conservative as possible, because knowing the area I know that in a moment the wind can change direction, risking to stay behind. In these races all competitors are very strong, no one makes mistakes and it is not easy to recover, indeed, impossible. We are now preparing for the final of the Star Sailors League in Nassau and we look to give the best in a class that is always very competitive, “concluded Negri.
Brazilian crew Grael-Lopes – fifth in the sixth and final race – managed to remain in the lead of the overall standings, winning the Championship (open) with two points advantage over Negri-Lambertenghi; third the former world champions Augie Diaz-Bruno Prada (USA), disqualified from the last test, but remained on the podium, despite the same score with other Brazilians Lars Grael-Samuel Goncalves, second in the final test but with no partial victory over the United States. Also the other Italians entered the top ten of 56 registered crew: seventh place for former world champion Roberto Benamati (Fraglia Vela Malcesine) with a bow Steffen Rutz, Ottavi Giampiero Poggi-Manlio Corsi (Av Bracciano) and Noni Nando and Federico Colaninno (YC Gaeta).
The Yacht Club Sanremo thanks the Municipality of Sanremo and the Region of Liguria, which together with Royal Hotel partners, Gruppo Cozzi Parodi, Abate Gioielli and TOIO, the new brand of sportswear and nautical clothing, was able to guarantee a very high level event with the participation of prestigious Olympic sailing medallist, and European and World sailing champions, which have enriched a successful Championship: a great occasion to celebrate the 70 years of the Sanremo Yacht Club together with who made the history of sailing.
Video and photo: http://www.yachtclubsanremo.it/regata/european-star/