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Augie Diaz *USA) and Bruno Prada (BRA) Win Star European Championship

American Augie Diaz and Brazilian Bruno Prada are the winner of the Robbe&Berking Star European Championships 2018, tied to Lars Graelwith Samuel F M Gonçalves (BRA) who are second. Bronze medal goes to Irish brothers Peter and Robert O’Leary.

This is the podium of the 2018 Star European Championship, where six of the seven races were sailed even though two of the four days of racing have been quite rough with very strong stormy winds. The PRO Claus Otto was excellent in deciding the right time to give the starts, postponing on Thursday and anticipating yesterday.

The winners of today’s races were two German team, the first bullet went to Star Class President Hubert Merkelbach with Marcus Koy, and the second one to Olympic Star skipper Robert Stanjek with crew Leif Bähr. But nothing could stop Augie Diaz and Bruno Prada, not even the early start they had in race 5, that cost them to go back and re-start. Not even one mistake by the runners-up was made, Lars Grael and Samuel Goncalves, who discard a seven and are tie to the winners. A Championship well played by the Irish brothers O’Leary, who proved to be excellent team on tough conditions, winning yesterday’s race with winds gusting up to over 30 knots.

Augie Diaz:
“We had really some tough days ofracing, we are happy we were eventually able to recover after the first early start.”

Bruno Prada:
“The regatta was decided on the last downwind of the last race, we had to be fifth to win the race tied with Lars, and we just managed to finish one boat length ahead of Eivind Melleby who was sixth. So we are super happy and lucky for the last puff.”

Best junior team were the German Dominik and Simon Fallais
Best senior team in the Ü65 ranking were the Hungarians Tibor Tenke and Miklos. Bezereti.

Hubert Merklebach, ISCYRA President:
“It was really a Championship for the tough sailors, the only non stormy day was today with 15-16 knots of nice breeze. Flensburger Segel Club did a fantastic job to manage the event, they’re used to have international regattas, and proved it this week. Everything went well with a great program, even on the social side with dinner in the old Silver factory of the main sponsor, Robbe&Berking, amazing Championship”.

The Star sailors are not done for the summer with the Silver regattas, next week the North American will take place in Los Angeles, with probably very different conditions.

Thunderstorm Nadine provides a semi rest day to the sailors

Day 2 of the 2018 Star European Championships on the Flensburg Fjord was marked by thunderstorm Nadine. Race director Claus Otto Hansen had already asked all 142 sailors the day before to secure the ships well for the night and set the earliest possible start for today at 2.30 pm, later postponed at 4.30 pm to let the storm pass; morning off so for the whole fleet.

Surprisingly much water had been pushed out of the fjord overnight by the westerly wind, so that some boats woke up in the mud this morning. Water filled back in just in time to let the boats dock out and head to the racecourse.

The wind dropped somewhat in the afternoon, but there were still strong gusts at the top of the fjord, so that the race became a hard fight, especially because of the short and steep waves.

A few mast breakings and only 41 boats crossed the finish line - thus the reason why PRO decided to call it a day and postponed Race 4 to tomorrow at 12.00 (GMT+1).

British riders Ante Razmilovic and Brian Hammarsley, got the bullet in today’s tough conditions, followed by Croatians Marin Misura and Tonko Barac and Austrians Christian Nehammer with Florian Urban.

However, the overall leaders are still Augie Diaz (USA) and Bruno Prada (BRA), followed by Brazilian Lars Grael and Samuel F M Gonçalves (BRA), with Irish brothers Peter and Robert O'Leary making the third place.

Augie Diaz (USA) Leads Day 1 of Star European Championships

The 2018 Star Europeans Championship officially started yesterday evening with theOpening Ceremony at Flensburger Segel-Club, but it was today that the battle on the water had its first go today.

Conditions on the first day of sailing were just right, with wind ranging between 8 and 12 knots, only a little shiftier than expected. With an unusual sun and clouds mix for this summer day, the 71 boats started together on one big start line. The unsettled wind direction made it difficult to decide the favorite side, and there were lots of positions’ changes in both races.

The first one was won by American skipper Augie Diaz with Brazilian crew Bruno Prada, followed by Russian Georgy Shadyuko and Aleksei Borisov, and Swiss Jean-Pascal Chatagny and Serge Pulfer. The second one went to Norwegian Star World Champion Eivind Mellebywith Brazilian crew Guilherme de Almeida, second spot to Swedish Erik Dahalen and David Nogén and third to another Swiss team, Urs Hunkeler withAlex Gouda.

At the end of the first day former World Champions Augie Diaz (USA) and Bruno Prada (BRA) are the provisional leaders, followed by Lars Grael and Samuel F M Gonçalves (BRA) and third is the German team skippered by Ulrich Vater with crew Karsten Morf. Roberto Benamatifrom Italy is fourth and Irish Olympic Star sailor Peter O'Leary with Philipp Rotermund - who grew up in Flensburg - are fifth.

From today to Sunday the 142 sailors will sail five more races under the strict command of Flensburger Segel-Club PRO, Claus Otto Hansen, who, alongside his Race Committee, decided that tomorrow’s first start will be at 14,30 local time (GMT+1), as some really strong winds are expected to hit the bay in the morning.

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Welcome to the International Robbe & Berking Star Class European Championship

The President of the Star Class, Regatta Committee, Kieler (KF) and Glücksburger Fleet (GLU) and Members of the Flensburger Segel-Club (FSC) welcome you to the 2018 International Robbe & Berking Star Class European Championship. We are proud to invite Star boat sailors from all over the world to the wounderful bay of Flensburg in the north of Germany. On the southside of the bay you will find the Flensburger Segel-Club. A sailing club with a great history, professional race organization and a comfortable parking area for the boats and trailers near the harbour.