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8 January 2010, 01:31 pm
World's Top Teams Prepare For Gold Star Battle In Rio
George Szabo and Rick Peters at the 2009 Star Worlds
George Szabo and Rick Peters, pictured at the 2009 Star Worlds, are in Rio to defend their title

Star World Championship 2010
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Over 80 of the world's top Star teams are in Rio de Janeiro ready for the start of this year's Star World Championship next week.
George Szabo and Rick Peters (USA) won the 2009 Star World Championship in Varberg, Sweden just a few short months ago and toted all of their silverware home to Southern California - soon it will be on display at Ilate Clube do Rio de Janeiro.

This January, Szabo and Peters will defend their World Championship title against a fleet of 80 other teams from all over the globe. In addition to taking home the Star World Championship Trophy, one of the most coveted in all of sailing, the winning skipper is awarded the honour of displaying a gold star on his main sail.

Over 80 teams are registered for the 2010 Star World Championship, which takes place from 12-23January. International teams have been training in Rio for months and are praying to the statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado mountain that theirs will be the team to wrest the title from Szabo and Peters.

If November's "friendly" Star regattas in Rio are any indication, holding off hungry Europeans such as Flavio Marazzi and Enrico De Maria (SUI) and Freddy Loof and Johan Tillander (SWE) and the locals, which include Lars Grael and Ronald Sieifert and past Star World Champions, Torben Grael, Marcelo Ferreira, Robert Scheidt, Bruno Prada and Alan Adler will be more difficult that beating back a hungry school of piraña.

Stay tuned.
Lynn Fitzpatrick of World Regattas
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