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Star World Championship set for Italy

Published on September 18th, 2023

Nineteen nations will be represented when nearly 100 teams compete at the 2023 Star World Championship on September 19-24 in Scarlino, Italy.

Italian Diego Negri will be in pursuit of his third consecutive title. “I know and appreciate the regatta area, as I have had the opportunity to race many times over the years at Marina of Scarlino, through different classes. It is not an easy racing course but usually the values ​​in the race are rewarded.”

Negri, who was an Olympic athlete in Laser at the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Olympic Games as well as in the Star Class at Beijing 2008, recognizes the target on his back. “Going on the water with all eyes on you will undoubtedly make this championship particularly difficult, but no less exciting for this.”

Another contender for this championship is Enrico Chieffi (ITA), Star World Champion (Rio de Janeiro 1996) and European Champion (Split, 2021), as well as boasting an exceptional all-round curriculum, including having been the America’s Cup tactician of the Moro di Venezia.

Chieffi feels “like at home” at Marina di Scarlino considers it an exceptional venue for organizing regattas of this type. “Thanks to the uncommon logistical synergies between the marina, shipyard, and yacht club, and due to the orographic conditions of the gulf, protected by the Elba Island, the venue is capable of allowing you to race in almost all weather and sea conditions.”

Among the crews, another that certainly has not to be underestimated is the Croatian Tonci Stipanovic who has accrued two consecutive times silver medals at the Star World Championship in 2021 and 2022.

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