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The 49th Star Class South American Championship will officially start tonight in Rio de Janeiro with the Opening Ceremony at the Iate Clube do Rio de Janeiro – ICRJ.
Racing will take place from tomorrow to Sunday November 11th with two races a day thru to Saturday and only one scheduled for the last day.
The Star Class South American Championship was first held in 1952 when the Star Class came to South America. The first event was organized by the ICRJ and was won by Roberto Bueno and his Star named “Xodo”, and it will be organized once again here after 49 years and after several legendary editions, like the one in 2009, when at the South American Championship at ICRJ in Rio a record of entries of 63 Stars from 14 nations was registered. The event was won by Flavio Marazzi with Enrico de Maria (SUI).
This year the entries are a little more than 20, but the level is super high.
Five times Olympic medallist Robert Scheidt from Brazil will sail with fellow Brazilian crew Arthur Lopes, former Star class President and 2015 Star World Champions Lars Grael with Samuel Gonçalves (BRA) will also be on the start line and along with them that year runners up Marcelo Fuchs with Ronals Seifert (BRA).
One of the youngest Star World Champion ever was crowned about a month ago in Oxford, MD, Brazilian Finn sailor Jorge Zarif won his first Gold star in the USA with Guilherme de Almeida, and he will join the Silver star event too in Rio de Janeiro, With him on the boat this time Ubiratan Matos.
Another young team will be competing in Rio de Janeiro: Marcelo Belloti and Mauricio Bueno (BRA) are here to defend the title of South American Champions.
Winning the South American Championship has often been a Brazilian affair, with the super star brother Torben and Lars Grael winning the event five times each and Gastao Brun wining it three times.
The race course will be those used at Rio 2016 Olympic Games with the first start scheduled tomorrow, November 8th at 12.00 local time (GMT -2).Author: Rachele Vitello - November 11, 2018
At the Star South American Championship 2018 the regatta ended with an all-Brazilians podium, paying respect to Rio de Janeiro and the Iate Club that hosted the event.
1. Robert Scheidt / Arthur Lopes
2. Lars Grael / @Samuel F M Samuel F M Gonçalves
3. Jorge Zarif / Ubiratan Matos
Complete results : https://bit.ly/2Fnf20WAuthor: Rachele Vitello - November 12, 2018
Robert Scheidt and Arthur Lopes (BRA) are the 2018 South American champions of the Star class. The two-time Olympic champion won the first race on Sunday, last day of the event, at the Yacht Club in Rio de Janeiro, and finished second in the last, giving him the Championship. However, the duo Lars Grael / Samuel Gonçalves (BRA) obtained the same results on the last day of the competition, but reversed, andfinished at equal points. The title was decided only on the third tiebreaker. They were equal in number of victories (two) and second places (one). The third position obtained on Saturday gave the cup to Scheidt / Lopes. It was quite thrilling!!
"It was a good Sunday in Rio de Janeiro, with strong wind and sunshine. Honestly, it feels so special for me to win this title. We started the last day far from the first place and I was pushing for a spot on the podium, more that the actual win. But it was a good day. I am happy and surprised on how we managed the last races. And it was also the first major win with Arthur 'Tutu' Lopes. We won the Paulista Championship together, butwinning at the South Americans is important for us”, said the five-time Brazilian Olympic medalist, sponsored by Banco do Brasil and Rolex and supported by COB and CBVela.
Scheidt and Lopes won the Star class Brazilian title in April at the Yacht Club Santo Amaro in São Paulo. The Rio waters bring good memories to Robert. A year ago, he won the Royal Thames Cup, a competition played at the Yacht Club in Rio de Janeiro. At the time, his crew was Henry Boenning.
The weather did not help sailors in Rio de Janeiro in the early days of the South Americans. On the first day, Thursday the 8th of November, the races were canceled due to lack of wind. On Friday, although the weather remained difficult, there were three races. Scheidt and Lopes were improving performance throughout the day. They started with a ninth place, climbed to seventh in the next race and finished crossing the finish line in the lead in the last race. On Saturday, they kept in average with a third place and on Sunday they had their best performance with one victory and a second spot in the final.
Brazil dominated the South American Championship of Rio de Janeiro, which also had competitors from Europe. Among the 20 participating boats, 16 were Brazilians, two were Argentine, one Italian and one Dutch. On the podium withRobert Scheidt and Arthur Lopes, and runners up Lars Grael and Samuel Gonçalves, there was Star Class World Champion Jorginho Zarif with Ubiratan Matos. Overall, the top eight were Brazilians.Author: Rachele Vitello - September 28, 2018
The 49th Star Class South American Championship will be held at the Iate Clube do Rio de Janeiro – ICRJ from November 7th thru 11th, exactly one month after the Star World Championship that will start October 5th in Oxford, MD, USA, hosted by Tred Avon Yacht Club.
The Star Class South American Championship was first held in 1952 when the Star Class became International in South America. The first event was organized by the ICRJ and was won by Roberto Bueno and his Star named “Xodo”. The South American Championship is an agreement between the 7th District (first ever out of US) Brasil and 18th District of Argentina and Chile. Venezuela was disbanded after 1985.
In 2009, the South American Championship at ICRJ in Rio had a record of entries of 63 Stars from 14 nations. The event was won by Flavio Marazzi / E. de Maria (SUI).
Those champions winning the event multiple times include:
· 5 X: Ding Schoonmaker (USA); Torben Grael (BRA); Lars Grael (BRA)
· 3 X: Gastao Brun (BRA); Alberto Zanetti (ARG)
Some other great names of the Star Class who have won the Silver Star in the South Americans include:
· World champions: Walter Von Hutschler (GER/BRA); Mark Reynolds (USA); Robert Scheidt (BRA).
· Notable Star sailors: Harry Adler (BRA); Peter Siemsen (BRA); J. Lippincott (USA); Julio Labandeira; Rainer Roellenbleg (GER); Harry Walker (USA) and the ISCYRA president Hubert Merkelbach (GER) in 2015.
· Famous sailors worldwide who have attended include: Erik Schmidt (BRA); Jorg Bruder (BRA); Guillermo Parada (ARG).
Defending their Silver Star title will be the young team of Marcelo Belloti and Mauricio Bueno (BRA) on the race course.
Iate Clube Rio de Janeiro has hosted the Star Worlds in 1960; 1980; 1996; 2010 and was selected to organize the 2020 Star World Championship in its centennial year. The ICRJ is a club with a complete nautical structure with all facilities including four cranes. www.icrj.com.br.
The race course will be those used at Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
There are boats available for charter.
Welcome to Rio
Lars Schmidt Grael and Torkel Borgstrom
ISCYRA Vice President and 2nd Vice PresidentAuthor: RacheleVitello - November 09, 2018
Results after 3 races
1. Jorge Zarif / Ubiratan Matos 15 pts
2. Lars Grael / Samuel F M Gonçalves 15 pts
3. John King / Fernando Ilha 15 pts
4. Marcelo Belotti / Mauricio Bueno
5. Robert Scheidt / Arthur Lopes
For complete results go to :https://bit.ly/2Fnf20WAuthor: Rachele Vitello - November 11, 2018
Only one race sailed on Day 3 of South American Championship.
After four races, John King / Fernando Ilha take the provisional lead ahead of Lars Grael / Samuel F M Gonçalves and Jorge Zarif / Ubiratan Matos
Results : https://bit.ly/2Fnf20W