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22 May 2005, 09:17 am
Championship Title Goes To Robert STANJEK And Markus KOY (GER)
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Star Eastern Hemisphere Championship 2005
Lake Thoune, Switzerland

In his initial season in the Star, the 24-year old former Laser sailor Robert STANJEK from Berlin, together with Markus KOY from Hamburg, who already contested an Olympic Star campaign for Athens, scored his first big success, winning the Silver Star Eastern Hermisphere Championship 2005 on Lake Thoune, Switzerland.
Winning two of the four races, they clearly dominated the strong fleet of 52 boats from 15 nations in this ISAF Grade 1 event.

Unfortunately, the unstable weather situation of the past two days did not allow to sail the full programme of 6 races. According to the new ISCYRA rules, the Championship can be validated with 4 races, but no discard is allowed. The local favorite Flavio MARAZZI with the US-crew Magnus LILLJEDAHL would have badly needed a fifth race to throw out his DNF in race 1, caused by a gear failure. After three good races, they finally ended in twelth overall.

Not very happy in their second international Star event will obviously be the famous newcomer to the Star, Mateusz KUZNIEREWICZ, multiple Olympic medal and Championship winner in the Finn Class, with crew Dominik ZICKY (POL), who scored a brilliant win in race 3 and clearly demonstrated his skills during the other races. A black-flag DNE in race 2 killed all hopes for a top final result and left them to finally finish in 21.

With a solid series, Marin LOVROVIC Jnr and Marin LOVROVIC Snr (CRO) achieved an excellent second overall, from Denmark's Christian MONBERG and Martin LEIFELT, who having won race 4, improved their performance day by day to beat reigning Swiss Champion Philipp ROTERMUND and Nils HOLLWEG (GER) and Paolo SEVESTRE and Vincent BÉRENGUIER (FRA) by a mere 2 points.

The organising authority, the Thunersee Yacht Club, has been extremely happy and honored to have this group of top Star sailors as guests, and is very pleased on the positive reactions and compliments received. The club is very much looking forward to having many Championship participants attending future important Star regattas on Lake Thoune: the next one will be the Rostige Kanne, an ISAF Grade 3 event, 15-17 July.

Event Media (As Amended By ISAF). Image: Stanjek and Koy, © Event Media
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