Flavio MARAZZI and Enrico DE MARIA (SUI) were first to the weather mark. Robert SCHEIDT and Bruno PRADA (BRA), the 2007 Star World Champions and known for their breakaway speed in heavy air, and Fredrik LOOF and Anders EKSTROM (SWE), also past Star World Champions, were breathing down their necks.
SCHEIDT and PRADA stole the lead with 2008 Star World Champions Mateusz KUSZNIEREWICZ and Dominik ZYCKI less than two seconds behind them. LOOF and EKSTROM sailed in third, followed by Athens bronze medallists, Xavier ROHART and Pascal RAMBEAU (FRA).
After four races, only seven points separate first from eighth. Afonso DOMINGOS and Bernardo SANTOS (POR), winners of the 2008 Bacardi Cup, are in ninth position with an OCS in their scoreline that is likely to be discarded following Monday's scheduled three races starting at 11:00.
Conditions were near the upper limit of the wind and sea ranges for the Stars, as the carnage that took place on the last leg of the race suggests. The Australians and Croatians lost their masts near the spreaders but managed to surf downwind with their mangled messes and finish the race.
Said ZYCKI as he searched for a replacement whisker pole: "It was a long day for only one race. There is very little difference between being first and sixth because so few points separate the fleet."
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