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14 January 2010, 01:43 pm
Defending Champions Hoping For Light Winds At 2010 Star Worlds
The US team George Szabo and Rick Peters
US team George Szabo and Rick Peters are in Rio to defend the Star World title they won in Sweden last year

Star World Championship 2010
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

US team George Szabo and Rick Peters, current Star World Champions, are one of the attractions of this upcoming Star World Championship.
The event's first race will take place this Saturday in Rio de Janeiro's Guanabara Bay. The two sailors from San Diego, California, are hoping for light winds so they can repeat last year's feat, when they won their first gold medal in Varberg, Sweden.

"We tend to sail better in light wind conditions so we are keeping our fingers crossed", says George Szabo, who has been in Rio for less than a week and is still reeling from the 40 degrees Celsius heat he encountered in the city. "It feels like we have been here much longer", says Rick Peters, jokingly.

Canadian-Brazilian

Canadian Ross MacDonald, 1994 Star World Champion in San Diego, USA, Olympic silver medallist in Athens (2004) and bronze medallist in Barcelona (1992), is one of the most experienced sailors in this category, with 25 years of experience. Married to Brazilian Olympic athlete Marcia Pellicano, Ross speaks Portuguese and will compete in the World Championship with crew member André Lekszycki, from Niteroi.

"It's great to compete in Brazil and try for another great outcome", says the Canadian sailor who lives in Vancouver, but has been in Rio de Janeiro for almost three months. He adds, "We have trained a lot and we know the race course very well." So far, the athlete has competed in five Olympics.

Thursday Morning Press Conference

Some of the Star World Championship's top sailors will be available at a press conference this Thursday morning, starting at 10:00 in the Salão Nobre of the Rio de Janeiro Yacht Club in Urca.

Journalists will have the opportunity to talk to reigning Star World Champions Szabo and Peters, as well as Brazilian stars: 2007 World Champions and 2008 Olympic silver medallists Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada, Marcelo Ferreira (Brazil's only two-time world champion - in 1990 and 1997), as well as Alan Adler and Nelson Falcao, the first Brazilians to become Star World Champions in 1989.

Star World Championship Page

Get all the news, photos and more on the 2010 Star World Championship on our dedicated regatta page via the link below.

Click here for our 2010 Star Worlds page.

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).

Joao Pedro Nunes
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