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Star Sailors League - Finalists decided on Lake Neuchatel
IOC President, Thomas Bach speaking at the Opening Ceremony - Star Sailors League 2015 Lake Neuchatel, SwitzerlandStar Sailors League

Star Sailors League – Finalists decided on Lake Neuchatel

The third day of the Star Sailors League Lake Grand Slam was “on hold” for hours due to a lack of breeze on Lake Neuchatel, and finally called off at 1600. Races 8 & 9 will not be held.

The first two days racing for the 68 competitors did however more than fulfill the requirement to seed out the top eleven crews – a total of seven races were completed in a variety of breezes. Mark Mendleblatt and Brian Faith (USA) were the overall leaders; their consistency with six races in single figure, put them eight points ahead of Torben Grael and Guilherme de Alvimedia, of Brazil, who scored three first places. They, in turn, were a point ahead of the first day’s leaders, Augie Diaz and Arnis Baltins (USA) on 34.

Star Sailors League - Finalists decided on Lake Neuchatel

Mateusz Kusnierewicz lifting his boat after QF, he was the first one excluded from Semis, he and crew Dominik Zycky end the SSL Lake Grand Slam 2015 8th!Star Sailors League

The other seeded for the final stages are:
Ivan Gaspic & Jose Revkin CRO
George Szabo & Patrick Ducommun USA
Robert Stanjek & Frithjof Kleen GER
Xavier Rohart & Stephanano Lillia FRA
Jean-Baptiste Bernaz & Pascal Rambeau FRA
Mateusz Kusznierewicz & Dominic Zycki POL
Johannes Polgar & Markus Koy GER
Jorge Zarif & Bruno Prada BRA

Hubert Merkelbach & Gerrit Beatel GER were unlucky – they finished level on points with Zarif and Prada but the Brazilians best race was a fourth against the Germans fifth.

Star Sailors League - Finalists decided on Lake Neuchatel

Measuring – Star Sailors League 2015 Lake Neuchatel, SwitzerlandStar Sailors League

The format for the last day is that the eleven, less the leaders, will race the quarter-final and the top six will progress to the semi-final with Mendelblatt and Fatih. The top four in this race will go to the final when the champion of the Lake Grand Slam will be decided.

by Bob Fisher

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