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2019 Star World Championship at Yacht Club Costa Smeralda - Overall

by YCCS 23 Jun 04:14 BST 13-23 June 2019

The ninety seventh edition of the Star Class World Championship ended with a victory for Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Bruno Prada followed by Augie Diaz with Henry Boening in second place and Eivind Melleby and Joshua Revkin in third. The event was held from June 17th to today and saw 63 teams from 20 nations race in 6 races for the Championship, organized by the YCCS in collaboration with the International Star Class Yacht Racing Association (ISCYRA) and with the support of Main Partner Audi and Technical Partners Quantum Sails and Garmin Marine.

Just before 12.00 noon, the scheduled time for the day's start, the Race Committee hoisted the AP Flag. The start, after two General Recalls, was at about 3 PM when the wind from the northwest filled in. The breeze was at 16 to 20 knots, peaking at 22 knots towards the end of the race.

The new Star Class World Champions are Mateusz Kusznierewicz with his crew Bruno Prada: in a week where their best placement had been a second in the second race, today they were the stars of the Stars. They started in the lead and after rounding the mark lengthened their distance from the rest of the fleet finishing well ahead of the other teams. Kusznierewicz was already Star Class World Champion in 2008 so this is his second title while Bruno Prada has made Star Class history by winning this title five times. Second place goes to Augie Diaz, Star Class World Champion in 2016, with Henry Boening, currently the Star Class European Champion. Diaz also received first prize as a Star Class Gran Master, a recognition that is reserved for Star sailors who are over 60. The Norwegian Eivind Melleby and Joshua Revkin finished third in today's race and third overall.

Skipper Mateusz Kusznierewicz had these words on his win: "We are really happy to have won this Championship, it's almost incredible when I think that this is the first time I have raced with Bruno (Prada). Our aim was to give it our all and never give up and that's what we did. From start to finish, even when we were behind in the fleet we always managed to recover and finish well. We knew that every result counted and this is a sweet taste of success for us."

Bruno Prada, Kusznierewicz's crew, commented: "We never think about the overall victory or about the records we can break when we're racing. This win is especially significant for me and I'm really happy, but the most important thing is that I do it all for my children and for my friends. I hope to give them an example that inspires them to do their best because you can get great results even if you're not a superhero: the important thing is to fight for what you want."

Riccardo Bonadeo, Commodore of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, said: "These have been six intense days of racing for everyone here at this ninety seventh World Championship. It has been a rollercoaster of emotion, with all of the surprises and upsets that can happen at events like this and that show the true sporting spirit of sailing. I want to thank the Star Class for collaborating with us on this great event along with the Race Committee, the International Jury and all of the support staff. Thanks also to all of the teams that came to Porto Cervo, we hope that our hospitality met your standards. I also want to send a special thanks to all of the YCCS members who participated in this Championship showing their passion for sailing. I hope to have you all back in Costa Smeralda in the near future."

The event ended with a Prize Giving Ceremony in Piazza Azzurra. The winner overall received an inReach Mini GPS from Technical Partner Garmin Marine which, once it's connected with a compatible device, gives access to maps, areal images in colour and more for navigation. On top of the podium finishes a Master Class prize, reserved for sailors from 50 to 59 years of age, was awarded to Enrico Chieffi.

Sports events coming up in the month of July at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda include the traditional Coppa Europa Smeralda 888 that will be held from July 5th to 7th followed by the Invitational Smeralda 888 from July 12th to 14th.

For more information visit the event website.

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