Please select your home edition
Edition
GJW 2018 728x90

2018 Star World Championship at Tred Avon Yacht Club: Day 3

by Rachele Vitello 11 Oct 2018 02:44 BST 5-15 October 2018

A nice breeze finally made its appearance on the Choptank River on day three of the 2018 Star World Championship held in Oxford, Maryland, hosted by the Tred Avon Yacht Club. Two races were completed by the 62 boat fleet but only one can claim the traditional daily prizes: reigning World Champions Eivind Melleby (NOR) and Joshua Revkin (USA) took both bullets, and let everyone know they're not ready to hand back one of the most prestigious trophies in sailing. Brazilian Olympic Finn sailor Jorge Zarif with crew Guilherme de Almeida are following the lead pair in the provisional ranking, and in third place, 1988 Star World Champion Paul Cayard (USA) with crew Arthur 'Tutu' Lopes (BRA).

"We have to keep doing more of what we did today and we should be pretty good," said a very satisfied Eivind Melleby back ashore. "We like the race area, it's nice and shifty. Today we had a little bit stronger wind than we expected and it was building throughout the day. It was a very tough first upwind in the last race. We thought we were going well off the starting line with no problems then we got caught in the middle of the race course when the others on the left hand side were having a big lefty that never made its way to us. We did most of the climbing back in the first run downwind by staying in the pressure in the middle and we were fast. It's our downwind speed that keeps us out of trouble. We made all the gains downwind today."

In Race one Melleby and Revkin, after a good start, were the first to round the weather mark followed by Argentinian Hector and Hugo Longarela and by the Brazilian Olympic Finn sailor Jorge Zarif with crew Guilherme de Almeida. They rounded in the same order at the downwind gate, however, in the second upwind, Danish Jørgen Schönerr and Jan Eli Gravad made their way into third by staying on the left side of the racecourse, which was the most favorable throughout the day. On the last long downwind of race one, the top three positions were confirmed and Melleby and Revkin could celebrate their first win. The happiest skipper of the three was 26 year old Brazilian Jorge Zarif, who finished second place his first race in a Star World Championship today even if he doesn't get to sail the Star very often due to his Olympic campaign in the Finn class.

"We managed to have two decent starts and we did well" said Zarif. "Unfortunately we could not keep the lead in the second race but overall it was a good day and we are happy. The Star is great and the guys in the fleet are also great. It's always nice to sail at this high level and its really fun. The Star World Championship is six races long and has a large fleet, so our strategy is to try to be consistent and finish in the top 5 to 10 in each race. I hope we have more wind like today for the rest of the week so I can continue to work the boat in the breeze because I feel more familiar with this condition."

The second race started shortly after and the competitors had an extra element to take in consideration now: the current was flowing in the bay at a pace of 20 meters per minute. This is what tricked Diego Negri/Sergio Lambertenghi (ITA) and Jorge Zarif/Guilherme de Almeida (BRA) at the second upwind mark. While they were high on the lay line fighting the current which was perpendicular to the wind direction, Melleby/Revkin tacked early and could stay a little lower to take advantage of it. The Norwegian/American duo kept the lead through to the finish line and were followed by Paul Cayard (USA) with Arthur Lopes (BRA) in second, then the Brazilians Zarif/de Almeida in third place. The three teams are sitting first, third, and second respectively overall after two races.

"Finally the event got underway and it was nice to have some breeze. Everyone was getting a little antsy after a couple of days with no sailing," said Paul Cayard. "For us it was nice to get the rudder sorted out yesterday, it was preventative maintenance and we weren't sure it was going to break, but I think it was a prudent thing to do. We are happy with the day, our speed is pretty good, and we were fast up and down wind. We could have won the last race but ended up losing by a few meters to Eivind. But there's still a long way to go and it's certainly not over. We'll try to stay consistent and keep our heads up as this is a very tricky place."

Two races are scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday October 11th, with the first warning signal at 11,00.

Results after Day 3: (top ten, 2 races)

1 - Eivind Melleby NOR - Joshua Revkin USA
2 - Jorge Zarif - Guilherme de Almeida BRA
3 - Paul Cayard USA - Arthur Lopes BRA
4 - Diego Negri - Sergio Lambertenghi ITA
5 - Jørgen Schönerr - Jan Eli Gravad DEN
6 - George Szabo USA - Roger Cheer CAN
7 - Peter Vessela - Phil Trinter USA
8 - Andy McDonald - Brad Nichol USA
9 - Augie Diaz USA - Bruno Prada BRA
10 - Eric Doyle - Payson Infelise USA

Full Results available here.

Related Articles

Paul Cayard's report from Star Midwinters 2019
Last weekend marked the end of the Star Winter Series Last weekend marked the end of the Star Winter Series with the Walker Cup on Thursday and Friday and the Mid Winter Championship being the cumulative score of all eight races from Thursday through Sunday. Posted on 14 Feb
Star Midwinter Championship in Miami
Forty-two teams from twelve countries race for the Walker Cup Forty-two teams, from twelve countries, were graced by spectacular conditions on Biscayne Bay for the four-day Star Midwinters. Posted on 11 Feb
Star Junior Worlds in Miami overall
Luke Lawrence and Alexey Selivanov crowned the winners of inaugural event American sailor Luke Lawrence is, with crew Alexey Selivanov, the first Star Junior World Champion Under 30 after a six race regatta in the water of Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida, successfully hosted by the Coral Reef Yacht Club Posted on 7 Feb
Star Junior Worlds in Miami day 2
Perfect Miami conditions bring Charlie Buckingham with Austin Sperry to the lead It was a typical Biscayne Bay kind of day; sunshine and breeze going from 6-7 knots in the morning up to 10-12 in the afternoon. Three races were sailed as scheduled, thanks to a great job by the Race Committee with PRO Carl Schellbach, and the 36 teams Posted on 6 Feb
Star Junior Worlds in Miami day 1
One race on the opening day of the inaugural event Beautiful sunshine and light breeze welcomed this morning the 36 teams attending the inaugural Star Junior World Championship at Coral Reef Yacht Club in Miami, USA. Posted on 5 Feb
Star Junior World Championship preview
Racing starts February 3rd in Miami Everything is ready in Miami, Florida, at Coral Reef Yacht Club for the first ever Star Junior World Championship. About 35 skippers 30 and under will be racing starting tomorrow February 3rd through Wednesday the 6th on the blue waters of Biscayne Bay Posted on 3 Feb
Star European Championship entries open
SSL Breeze Grand Slam Registration also open Registration for the 2019 Star European Championship / SSL Breeze Grand Slam in Riva del Garda, Italy, is open online, and you shouldn't waste time and go to the International Star Class website and sign up for one of the best sailing event of 2019. Posted on 18 Jan
Star Sailors League Finals overall
Brazilian double victory For a second time a Brazilian crew claimed victory in the Star Sailors League Finals, but on this occasion it was not the bookies' choice. Olympic legend Robert Scheidt and Henry Boening were favourites going into this event and completely dominated Posted on 9 Dec 2018
Star Sailors League Finals day 4
Scheidt/Boening demolish opposition on final day of Qualifying While the star performers today certainly were Robert Scheidt/Henry Boening and Paul Cayard, significant to more competitors was what was happening mid-fleet. For today, Friday, the final Qualifier races were held at the Star Sailors League Finals Posted on 8 Dec 2018
Star Sailors League Finals day 3
Mark Mendelblatt & Brian Fatih move into the lead Bahamas conditions set in on day three of the Star Sailors League Finals with 12-18 knots winds from the prevailing northeast-easterly direction. Posted on 7 Dec 2018