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16 April 2007, 04:18 pm
SCHEIDT And PRADA Lead The Way
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Star Eastern Hemisphere Championship 2007
Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Robert SCHEIDT and Bruno PRADA (BRA) lead the ISAF Grade C1 Star Eastern Hemisphere Championship after four races in Mallorca, Spain. The Princess Sofia Trophy winners scored their second bullet of the series on Sunday to move seven points ahead of Mateusz KUSZNIEREWICZ and Dominik ZYCKI (POL).
Fifty-eight Stars are competing out of the Club Nautic S'Arenal for the Eastern Hemisphere title, although last year's winners Fredrik LOOF and Anders EKSTROM (SWE) are not amongst the line up having just won the ISAF Grade C1 Star Western Hemisphere Championship in Tampa Bay, USA.

After the first scheduled day of racing was abandoned, miserable conditions greeted the fleet on day two, with a northerly wind of 20 knots with rain and squalls forecast. However the wind died as the boats lined up, but after a delay and general recall, the opening race finally got underway with Luca MODENA and Michele MARCHESINI (ITA) taking the bullet. With the forecasted 20 knots filling in during the second race, SCHEIDT and PRADA took the gun.

The Palma wind returned for day three, with KUSZNIEREWICZ and ZYCKI winning race 3 ahead of Xavier ROHART and Pascal RAMBEAU (FRA) and SCHEIDT and PRADA.

Race 4 Action

Brad NICHOL (USA), crewing for World Champion Hamish PEPPER (NZL) takes up the story for race 4, 'The wind picked up to a solid 22 knots and we decided to start at the boat end. We hit the line with speed and out-hiked the boats around us to get clear air off the line. We had a good battle with Robert SCHEIDT and Xavier ROHART up the first leg and made it to the weather mark in first. On the first reach SCHEIDT caught us quickly and passed us to leeward and ROHART snuck in at the jibe mark. On the second reach we battled with ROHART, meanwhile SCHEIDT slipped away into the distance.

'We held position the rest of the way around the course and only once looked like we had enough leverage to pass the two leaders. We crossed the line, wet, tired, but in third place.'

The third place lifted PEPPER and NICHOL up to 14th overall, and both they and ROHART and RAMBEAU are looking likely to come back into contention once they can discard an OCS from race 2.

At the top of the leaderboard behind SCHEIDT and PRADA and KUSZNIEREWICZ and ZYCKI, Matthias MILLER and Manuel VOIGT (GER) lie third overall after 12,3,11,5 scores.

ISAF (source: International Star Class Yacht Racing Association). Image, Robert SCHEIDT and Bruno PRADA lead in Mallorca:© Ruben Ballester/www.nicomartinez.com
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