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.