Brady and Iverson (NZL) lead the Star World Championships taking place in Medemblik, The Netherlands after two races.
Watching a 1000 meter long starting line is magnificent to see, but a very heavy job to realise fot the race committee. At 13.25 p.m. after the second attempt the 105 starboats were off. Winds were light and shifty when the starboats from 26 countries started their race, of which 11 competitors come from the Netherlands.
Large windshifts in the first beat gave a surprising outcome at the first weathermark: e.g. Mark Reynolds and Magnus Liljedahl (USA) rounded in 80th place. The Dutch team Neeleman/Schrier rounded as 30th. 'Every leg we managed to gain in on a couple of boats' says Mark Neeleman. They are satisfied about their boatspeed and were able to sail the last beat conservatively defending their position in the field. Eventually they finished 14th.
The Italians Andrea Racchelli and Massimiliano Ferrari took the first honour on the line, followed by the Swiss Flavio Marazzi and Kasper Harsberg. The Spanish team Jose Maria Van der Ploeg and Rafael Trujillo Villar took a third.
The protest from the jury against the Brazilian team Torben Grael and Marcelo Fereira (3rd in the World's ranking) turned out disappointing to the Brazilians. They were disqualified because of hitting a mark and not doing the then required 360 properly.
Results, after two races:
1 NZL 8065 Brady, Gavin, Iverson, George 13.0 pts 4 9
2 ESP 7937 Van der Ploeg, Jose Maria, Trujillo Villar, Rafael 16.0 pts 13 3
3 USA 7956 Brun, Vincent, Dorgan, Mike 20.0 pts 8 12
4 IRE 7673 Mansfield, Mark, Collins, Killian 25.0 pts 10 15
5 USA 8056 MacCausland, John A., Strube, Mark 26.0 pts 6 20
6 NED 7981 Neeleman, Mark, Schrier, Jos 28.0 pts 14 14
7 GER 8016 Merkelbach, Hubert, Bartel, Gerrit 31.0 pts 27 4
8 SWE 7650 Lööf, Fredrik, Finnsgård, Christian 33.0 pts 2 31
9 DEN 7854 Andersen, Benny, Just, Mogens 40.0 pts 5 35
10 AUT 7567 Spitzauer, Hans, Brenner, Wolfgang 42.0 pts 18 24