Grael Leads at Star Westerns
Published on April 12th, 2018
Miami, FL (April 12, 2018) – The 2018 International Star Class Western Hemisphere Championship kicked off today in Biscayne Bay with an easterly breeze from 15 to 18 knots.
The first race started as scheduled with an eager fleet with a few of the teams jumping the gun and having to go back and restart. Brazilians Lars Grael / Samuel F M Gonçalves along with American-German duo Jack Jennings / Frithjof Kleen were in the leading group alongside Italian Luca Modena sailing with the Brazilian flag for his crew Marcello Sansone.
Winning the first race were Lars Grael with Samuel Goncalves. The team of Jack Jennings / Frithjof Kleen finished second and were followed by Jorge Zarif and Guilherme De Almeida finishing in third.
Race two got underway just after midday, with the wind still at a steady 15 to 18 knots. Lars Grael got a great start and lead at the first mark with American teams TomasHornos / Phil Toth and Peter Vessella / Phil Trinter rounding the mark with him. Jorge Zarif / Guilherme De Almeida pulled into second on the downwind leg and held on to that position until the finish. Grael / Goncalves won the second race, with Paul Cayard / Arthur Lopes finishing third.
Lars Grael with crew Samuel Goncalves are on top of the leaderboard for the day with 3 points, closely followed by Jorge Zarif and Guilherme De Almeida who have 4 points.
The forecast for tomorrow is a repeat of today.
Two races are scheduled for each day, April 12 – 15.
Source: ISCYRA Communication