Third day, third leader at Star Worlds
Published on June 19th, 2019
Porto Cervo, Italy (June 19, 2019) – The third day of the Star Class World Championship has its third leader as the consistency of Augie Diaz (USA) now has he and crew Henry Boenning in the lead of the 63-boat fleet.
The breeze once again took its time to kick in and the Race Committee kept the AP flag hoisted until 1 PM. An hour later, after a general recall, the Star sailors got the event’s third race underway in breeze from the southeast at 6 to 7 knots at first, building gradually to 10 knots.
Skipper Eivind Melleby (NOR), winner of the 2017 Star Class World Championship, and his crew Joshua Revkin (above) worked their way up through the fleet and finished in first place. This win brings them from fifth place in the provisional overall results to second.
“It was a good race with pretty stable breeze and small shifts that were hard to play but it was for everyone,” said Melleby. “Downwind we had really good speed and I think that’s how we won the race. We expect to have pretty much the same conditions in the next couple of days then a bit windier on Saturday (June 22), so we’re half way through the Championship and we will give it our all.”
Finishing second today was German Christian Paucksch with Melanie Bentele – one of just two women racing in the Championship. “Eivind Melleby passed us just at the end which is too bad, but if I think that when my girlfriend and I started sailing the Star Championship together, we said that we should always try to leave a boat behind. We should be very proud of ourselves today as we left quite a few behind.”
Augie Diaz and Henry Boening staged an excellent recovery, adding a fourth place to the only scoreline that remains entirely in the top ten.
Tomorrow the forecast calls for light and shifty breeze. Six races are planned from June 17 to 22.
Day Three Results (Top 10 of 63; 3 races)
1, USA Augie Diaz Henry Boenning 10-1-4, 15
2, NOR Elvind Melleby Joshua Revkin 4-11-1, 16
3, POL Mateusz Kusznierewicz Bruno Prada 6-2-11, 19
4, USA Paul Cayard Artur Lopes 19-5-8, 32
5, DEN Jorgen Schoenherr Jan Eli Gravad 11-7-14, 32
6, IRL Torvar Mirsky Robert O’Leary 16-8-10, 34
7, ITA Diego Negri Sergio Lambertenghi 2-16-17, 35
8, ESP Roberto Bermudez De Castro Miguel Fernandez Vasco 3-28-6, 37
9, USA George Szabo Guy Avellon 13-20-5, 38
10, ITA Enrico Chieffi Manlio Corsi 1-26-13, 40