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Registration for the 2019 Star European Championship / SSL Breeze Grand Slam in Riva del Garda, Italy, is now 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.
You don’t want to miss the first ever event that combines one of the oldest sport association, the Star Class, and one of the the most innovative movement in the sailing industry, the Star Sailors League. They will organize the regatta together for the first time and the traditional format of the Star Class Silver event will play as qualification round to the thrilling knock-out round of the final day, where the top ten team will start by sailing the quarter final, then the semi and the final during which the first team to cross the line will be crowned 2019 European Champion and winner of the first SSL Breeze Grand Slam, bringing home the biggest share of the 100,000$ prize pot.
The format is the one used by the Star Sailors League in the yearly SSL Finals in December, and previously adopted also in Grandson, Switzerland, for the Lake GS in 2015, then in Hamburg, Germany, for the City Grand in 2016 and this coming Spring for the Breeze Grand Slam. The sailors love it as you can never relax and after the qualification round the top ten teams are playing the game at the same level as no points are carried on.
The program will start on Saturday May the 11th with the opening of the registration in Fraglia Vela Riva, which will go on until Tuesday the 14th at 1pm with the start of the Practice Race.Racing will begin on Wednesday the 15th at 1pm with the qualification round/all teams races that will resume on Sunday May 19th in the morning with the last scheduled start. Then in the afternoon, the knock-out round will be on from 1pm, with the top 10 teams sailing very close to the shores of Riva del Garda: quarter final, semi final and the final, followed by the Podium Ceremony.
A great number of teams are expected to take part at the 2019 Star Europeans/SSL Breeze Grand Slam, and many VIPs have already confirmed their attendance, one of the reason being that 2,500 SSL points are at steak for the winner of the event, and they could make someone in or out the Star Sailors League Finals in December. Robert Scheidt (BRA), Paul Cayard (USA), Diego Negri (ITA) and many other champions will be on the starting line of the event and among them there could be you, just like it happened to almost 200 sailors in both Grandson and Hamburg, experiencing the excitement of challenging their all-time heroes on the same racecourse!
The Star Class, the Star Sailors League and Fraglia Vela Riva are well known for delivering great events, and in May, for the first time they will organize one together. Sign up here and hike your way up to the elimination round, don’t just watch the action from your sofa!