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17 May 2005, 11:18 am
STANJEK and KOY Take First Race
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Star 2005 Eastern Hemisphere Championship
Lake Thoune, Switzerland

The German newcomers Robert STANJEK and Markus KOY took victory in race one of the ISAF Grade C1 Star Class 2005 Eastern Hemisphere Championship on Lake Thoune, Switzerland.
The race was sailed in a steady 12-15 knot north northwest wind. The two young sailors belong to the German Nixdorf Sailing Team, which has it's training camp at Palma de Mallorca, Spain and is now headed by the successful Danish, multiple past-European Star Champion, Christian RASMUSSEN. The late Heinz Nixdorf (Computer Manufacturer) Foundation, for the promotion of Olympic Sailing, has again contributed to the development of new talent.

There was rain throughout the day and Lake Thoune was as flat as a mirror, creating little enthusiasm early in the morning. Sailors trying hard to loose their last grams to make the weight limit was the only attraction in the first hours of the grey day (everybody passed finally).

The start scheduled for 1100 hours local time was finally given at 1410. After a general recall, the whole fleet started perfectly under black flag. Teams from nine different nations finally made the top ten. Following STANJEK and KOY were, after an excellent start and consistent sailing in the first three places, Marin LOVROVIC Junior and Senior (CRO) and Paulo SEVESTRE and Vincent BÉRENGIER (FRA).

In his first season in the Star, the Finn Olympic gold and bronze medal winner Mateusz KUSZNIEREWICZ, with crew Dominik ZYCKI (POL), battled through the fleet after a rather slow start to finish fourth.

There was bad luck for local hero, Flavio MARAZZI and crew Magnus LILLJEDAHL (SUI), who had a mast failure leading to a DNF whilst in eighth place on the second downwind. The best Swiss team were the STEGMEIER brothers in sixth, who finished narrowly behind fifth place, Johnny JENSEN and Martin PETERSEN (DEN).

The start for race two is scheduled today at 1100. Unfortunately no changes in the weather are expected.

Beat Stegmeier (As Amended By ISAF). Image, It was a wet day one in Switzerland:© Event Media
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