The Swiss team of Flavio Marazzi and Enrico de Maria are a step closer to their dream after winning race two of the 2010 Star World Championship.
With everyone starting conservatively, the Swiss positioned themselves in a line sag during the start under the black flag and had clear air during the first beat. Their start did not win them the race, but it put them among the leaders at the first windward mark.
and Enrico De Maria
(SUI) and Alexander Schlonski
and Frithjof Kleen
(GER) made their gains during the second beat and Marazzi and DeMaria stepped into the lead. They extended during the remaining windward-leeward while Schlonski and Kleen mixed it up with Alan Adler
and Guilherme Almeida
(BRA), Andrew Campbell
and Brad Nichol
(USA) and Johannes Polgar
and Markus Koy
(GER). Schlonski and Kleen edged out Campbell and Nichol on the finish line to take second and third place, respectively.
With today's eighth place finish, Johannes Babendererde
and Timo Jacobs
(GER) remain overall leaders of the regatta. Two points back are Adler and Guiherme, who have shown consistency during the first two days of sailing. They followed yesterday's sixth place finish with a fifth today. Olympic gold medallists, Iain Percy
and Andrew Simpson
(GBR) are two points behind Adler and de Almedia and are in third place overall with 13 points. The US team of Campbell and Nichol moved into fourth place overall by passing boats on the final beat and pulling into third at the finish line.
Out on the ocean, the wind was light and the current was strong enough to push the stern of the race committee boat upwind. The 73-boat fleet got off to a clean start under the black flag. According to Adler who rounded the weather mark first, "We saw a left shift two minutes before the start and moved down the line. We went left too hard. We were so far ahead and lost so much, because we overstood the windward mark." More than half of the fleet overstood the port tack layline to the mark.
Marazzi and De Maria, Polgar and Koy and Adler and Guilherme went down the run in different lanes, and as they approached the first leeward gate, Marazzi and De Maria crossed behind the other two leaders. Schlonski and Frithjof Kleen, Percy and Simpson, Campbell and Nichol, Eivind Melleby
and Petter Morland Pedersen
(NOR) and Gastao Brun
and Gustavo Kunze
(BRA) were intent on climbing to the front. Said Babandererde, "We overtook boats on the second upwind leg. We did not go left like the others because there was less wind there. We caught Iain Percy on the second run because he had a problem with the jib. From then on we shortened the distance to the leaders, but there were no gains to be made."
The white caps made random appearances during the final beat and the leading edge of an offshore cloud that had had a defined edge all afternoon finally became ragged.
It was a race to the finish for the top seven boats and Campbell, who came out of the fray with a third place finish for the day described the top-place American team's final beat, "We went to the right gate and made a big gain immediately. We split with the four boats ahead of us and caught three of them. We sailed to the right of the group and knew that we had to catch Alan Adler on boat speed."
On a sad note, Marco Lagoa
(BRA) was taken to the hospital after a shackle on a lifting bridle failed and the boat fell off of the hoist. Logoa's toes were injured and the boat was damaged.
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The Star World Championship 2010 is sponsored by Banco do Brasil, Transpetro, Governo Federal, Gol Linhas Aéreas, Santa Constanza, Wollner and Secretaria Estadual de Turismo, Esporte e Lazer do Rio de Janeiro. The event is organized by Iate Clube do Rio de Janeiro, International Star Class Yacht Racing Association (ISCYRA), Confederação Brasileira de Vela e Motor (CBVM) and Federação de Vela do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (FEVERJ).