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Registration for Star European and SSL Breeze Grand Slam

Published on January 17th, 2019

(January 17, 2019) – Registration for the 2019 Star European Championship / SSL Breeze Grand Slam in Riva del Garda (SSL 2500), Italy, is now open online.

The Star Class and Star Sailors League will organize the regatta together for the first time and the traditional format of the Star Class Silver event will play as qualification round to the knock-out round of the final day, where the top ten teams will start by sailing the quarter final, then the semi and the final during which the winner will be crowned 2019 European Champion and winner of the first SSL Breeze Grand Slam, bringing home the biggest share of the $100,000 prize pot.

The format is the one used by the Star Sailors League in the yearly SSL Finals in December, and previously adopted also in Grandson, Switzerland, for the Lake GS in 2015, then in Hamburg, Germany, for the City Grand in 2016 and this coming Spring for the Breeze Grand Slam. After the qualification round the top ten teams are playing the game at the same level as no points are carried into the final round.

The program will start on May 11th with the opening of the registration in Fraglia Vela Riva, which will go on until May14th at 1pm with the start of the Practice Race.

Racing will begin on Wednesday May 15th at 1pm with the qualification round/all teams races that will resume on Sunday May 19th in the morning with the last scheduled start.

Then in the afternoon, the knock-out round will be on from 1pm, with the top 10 teams sailing close to the shores of Riva del Garda: quarter final, semi final and the final, followed by the Podium Ceremony.

Many teams are expected to take part at the 2019 Star Europeans/SSL Breeze Grand Slam, and many have already confirmed their attendance. Robert Scheidt (BRA), Paul Cayard (USA), Diego Negri (ITA) and other champions will be on the starting line. At stake are 2,500 SSL points for the winner of the event, which could make the difference to qualifying for the Star Sailors League Finals in December.

The Star Class, the Star Sailors League and Fraglia Vela Riva are well known for delivering great events, and in May, for the first time they will organize one together.

Click here for training sessions organized by the SSL Training Center in Riva del Garda (information and schedule).

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Source: Rachele Vitello, SSL Media and Communication

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