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The resident "rookie" on the starting line next week will be 20 year old Finnish Olympic sailor Oskari Muhonen. Muhonen is the winner of the Finn Silver Cup, the under 23 World Championship of the single handed dinghy. After a successful 2017, finishing 11th at the Finn Gold Cup (World Championship) and winning the Junior Cup, he will definitely have a lot of momentum to bring to the SSL Finals.
Nacra 17 World Champion Ben Saxton will represent Great Britain next week with Star super crew Steve Mitchell. Saxton is currently leading the World Sailing Rankings in the Nacra 17 so we know he will be a force to be reckoned with. But for the first time ever, he will be sailing a monohull keelboat next week so it will be exciting to see how is talent translates from his flying Nacra 17 to our Star Boat and long upwind races.
Finally, German Laser sailor Philip Buhl is also racing the Star Boat for the first time next week. Buhl is an Olympic level Laser sailor with two World Championship titles and was ranked #1 on the World Sailing rankings this year. Buhl will be sailing with Markus Koy, so we know he is in good hands.