The Star Class has chosen Viareggio, on Italy's Tuscany coast for the 2010 European Championship. From 5 -13 June, the best sailors from all over the world will arrive in Italy to compete at the Tuscan sea venue.
The regatta attracts many of the major worldwide award winning crews. Competitors include, Torben Grael, the Brazilian sailor won two gold medals in the Star Class at Savannah in 1996 and in Athens 2004, and a bronze in Sydney 2000. He also won the world championship in 1990, in addition to winning the Louis Vuitton Cup with Luna Rossa at Auckland in 2000. Torben is the current Rolex Sailor of the Year.
His brother, Lars Grael won two bronze medals at the Olympic Games in Seoul in 1988 and Atlanta in 1996, and is two times South American Champion. Lars finished third and fourth is the last two Star World Championships. Robert Scheidt, Luna Rossa's current helmsman, won the Star World Championship in 2007, the silver in 2008 and 2006 and the silver medal at Beijing 2008.
From the USA, George Szabo, four times champion in the USA in the Snipe Class and world champion in the Star Class 2009 in Sweden with Rick Peters. Other notable skippers include Roberto Benamatti world champion 1991, current ISAF World Ranking number one, Freddy Loof, world champion 2001 and 2004, Xavier Rohart world champion 2003 and 2005), Flavio Marazzi, Diero Negri and Andrew Campbell among many others.
Crews come from all corners of the world from 27 different nationalities of which nine are outside Europe. The best star class crews will arrive at Viareggio from Australia, USA, Russia, Brazil, Canada, Argentina, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Spain, Denmark, Ireland, Netherlands, Croatia, Greece, Ukraine, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, Poland, Serbia, Great Britain, France, Hungary, Germany and of course Italy.
Viareggio's Port, birth place of some of the most beautiful boats ever built, thanks to the presence of yards such as Perini, Azimut-Benetti, Codecasa, Fipa, Overmarine, SanLorenzo and many more, will receive around 150 boats in the heart of the Darsena, that will contend the title during the six regattas in front of a very big audience.
For more details visit: http://www.stareuropean2010.it/