This morning when the 62 teams arrived at the Tred Avon Yacht Club with two races scheduled, the discard coming in play after Race 5, and a very windy forecast, anything was possible. Jorge Zarif and crew Guilherme de Almeida had a comfortable eight point lead over the second place team Paul Cayard (USA) and Arthur Lopes (BRA), and even more over the third place Class President Hubert Merkelbach and Markus Koy (GER). After a DNF in Race 5 for Cayard / Lopes, and a discarded DSQ for 2017 World Champions Eivind Melleby (NOR) and Joshua Revkin (USA) the window of opportunity opened back up for either of the three teams to take the Championship title at the start of a thrilling Race 6.
Jorge Zarif and Guilherme de Almeida fought a tough battle, always sailing within top 10 boats, losing some points in the second upwind beat, then regaining them in the last downwind to finish fourth behind race winner Tomas Hornos and Pedro Trouche, just meters before Melleby / Revkin, Eric Doyle and Payson Infelise in third. The Brazilians narrowly clinched the fourth spot from George Szabo (USA) and Roger Cheer (CAN) by half boat length.
Olympic Finn sailor Jorge Zarif at 26 years old is the youngest World Champion since 1981 when Alex Hagen (GER) won as a skipper at the same age.
After a thrilling 6th race, Brazilians Jorge Zarif and Guilherme de Almeida crowned 2018 Star World Champions!
Eivind Melleby (NOR) and Josh Revkin (USA) finish second overall follwed by Paul Cayard (USA) with crew Arthur Lopes (BRA).
Race day 6 is off to a tense and rainy start today at the Tred Avon Yacht Club. With two races left to complete the 2018 Star World Championship, the fleet is eager to hit the water. The start time for racing is 11:00 EDT (UTC -4) and Races 5 and 6 are scheduled. Our local forecast today shows a north westerly breeze at 8-10 knots and is predicted to build to 15-18 knots and the rain is expected to stop around 12:00 EDT (UTC -4).
Each boat is equipped with a tracking device from TracTrac for the event and races will be broadcast live each day.
Local Weather: https://wxch.nl/2zZsZ0b
Wind Report: https://www.sailflow.com/spot/164479
A very windy awaking for the 62 team fleet of the 2018 Star World Championship in Oxford, MD, this morning. The remnants of Hurricane Michael passed over the area overnight and left behind a breeze between 18 to 20 knots. Though the wind was slowly decreasing to about 15 knots, gusts were still up to 20 with the sea state a short, steep chop with big sets rolling through was not considered safe for the majority of the fleet by the Race Committee. So PRO Bill Stump sent everyone home and racing will resume tomorrow, Saturday October 13th at 11.00 with the two last races of the series scheduled.