Star Stars prepare for Star Worlds 2008

Star Worlds 2007 Final day, Cascais Portugal
Lots of activity at Miami's Coral Reef Yacht Club on Biscayne Bay Florida, with a giant field assembling ahead of the 2008 Star Worlds.

All but one of the top 20 ranked Star Class teams in the world are among the 208 competitors who are preparing for the most important regatta in the Class – the Star World Championships, held annually since 1923.

The Star Worlds 2008 will determine which countries take the last four open slots in the Olympics this summer in China and will determine for many countries, such as Germany, which Star team will represent them at the Olympics.

According to the International Sailing Federation’s (ISAF) updated Star team rankings released today, Mateusz Kusznierewicz from Poland held on to his #1 spot and the greatest upward movement was Italy’s Luca Modena who moved up four places to 15th.

Ranked in the #2 spot is the Italian Diego Negri, followed by Xavier Rohart of France, Afonso Domingos - Portugal, Freddie Loof - Sweden, Robert Scheidt – Brazil, Marc Pickel - Germany, Hamish Pepper - New Zealand, Flavio Marazzi - Switzerland, Iain Percy - Great Britain, Marin Lovrovic, Jr. - Croatia, Eivind Melleby - Norway, Iain Murray - Australia, Robert Stanjek - Germany, Luca Modena – Italy, John Dane - USA, Peter Bromby - Bermuda, Hans Spitzauer - Austria and George Szabo - USA in 19th place.

Registration for the regatta is winding down on the Biscayne bay foreshore, while measurement of sails and rigging and weighing of the boats and sailors continues through start of racing on Friday. Following a scheduled Practice Race tomorrow, there will be a patriotic and colorful Opening Ceremonies at the Club consisting of a parade of 31 nations, national anthems and the US Coast Guard’s Honor Guard with speeches to follow.

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AUT802121Harald WirthJim Pickering
AUT822626Hans SpitzauerChristian Nehammer
BER827272Peter BrombyLee White
BRA830000Peter FickerArthur Lopez
BRA828489Lars GraelMarcelo Jordao
BRA833737Alan AdlerRonald Seifert
BRA825555Robert ScheidtBruno Prada
BRA8283X6Gastao BrunFabio Kraiczyk
BRA828282Alessandro PascolatoHenry Booning
BUL743738Nedko VassilevRoyeho Nikolov
CAN814343Brian CramerTyler Bjorn
CAN745151Dennis BurgessGordon Clay
CAN757070Hunter LowdonBrett Wilson
CAN829191Ross MacdonaldSteve Mitchell
CHI7972Y6Vicente P GimenoIgnacio Hasbun
CHI831919Rodrigo ZuazolaRobert Riegel
CHN778484Hongquan LiHe Wang
CRO828080Dan LovrovicMarin Lovrovic, Sr.
CRO833939Marin Lovrovic, Jr.Sinisa Mikulicic
CRO78281Mate ArapovOgnjen Uljevic
DEN834327Joegen SvendsenJens Christian Jurlander
DEN821818Benny AndersonMorgens Just
ESP758181Roberto BermudezMarcelo Ferreira
ESP763023Francisco SanchezManuel Roca Ibanez
FIN829292Jali MakilaErkki Heinonen
FRA810747Xavier RohartPascal Rambeau
GBR834549Iain PercyAndrew Simpson
GER8016Y8Hubert RauchFelix Kling
GER7865X8Stefan LehnertPeter Menning
GER81098Robert StanjekMarkus Koy
GER794646Hermann WeilerThomas Schmid
GER821313Peer WilhelmNils Hollweg
GER7860X5Werner FritzUli Seeberger
GER833333Marc PickelIngo Borkowski
GER781616Marko A, HaschePhilip G. Behn
GER825628Hubert MerkelbachGerrit Bartel
GER775050Jens BurmesterMarkus Mehlen
GER786668Dierk ThomsenDarin Jensen
GRE819293L. PelekanakisGeorge Stylianos
HUN816666Tibor TenkeJozsef Bendicsek
IRL8261X2Peter O’LearyStephen Milne
IRL815858Max TreacyAnthony Shanks
IRL825454Maurice O’ConnellBen Cooke
ITA7488Y9Roberto BenamatiGianna Testa
ITA834141Lucio BoggiManuel LaPorta
ITA826625Diego NegriLuigi Viale
ITA831311Nando ColaninnoAlberto Lupoli
ITA829090Silvio SantoniDodo Natucci
ITA834444Antonio TamburiniRenzo Ricci
ITA833232Enrico ChieffiGiancarlo del Col
ITA816464Valerio ChincaMassimo Ciano
ITA834848Luca ModenaSergio Lambertenghi
ITA7562Y5Stefano BettariniAlessandro Giachetti
ITA8180Y7Francesco BruniGilberto Nobili
JPN814442Kunio SuzukiDaichi Wada
NED827777Sjaak HaakmanVeitze Zetzema
NED826374Alexander Jorissen Erik Veldhuisen
NOR823434Elvind MellebyPetter Pederson
NZL818787Hamish PepperCarl Williams
POL81709Mateusz KusznierewiczDominik Zycki
POR83092Afonso DomingosBernardo Santos
RUS817171Vitaliy TarakanovMaxim Karelskiy
RUS8047Y3Dmitry VokhmintsevYury Pinegin
RUS83055Sergey ShevtsovRoman Sadchikov
SUI8232X9Henrik DannesboeEdward Morey
SUI829696Flavio MarazziEnrico De Maria
SUI808586Lorenz ZimmermanMichael Mutti
SUI80094Christoph GautschiAlex Gouda
SUI832929Daniel WyssUrs Joss
SUI799088Daniel StegmeierBeat Stegmeier
SWE829898Tom LofstedtKrister Carlsson
SWE797856Ingvar KrookHenrik Hasselgren
SWE833131Fredrik LoofAnders Exkstrom
UKR815757Arthur AnosovJoel Coleman
UKR8247X4Vasyl GuryeyvVolodymyr Korotkov
UKR8205Y1Kostya DatsenkoOlexandr Yevseyenko
UKR809699Evgen AvksentievKostyantin Kondratuyk
USA771310Ben FransenIan Coleman
USA823535Larry WhippleKai Bjorn
USA825052Andy MacdonaldBrian Fatih
USA828585Augie DiazPhil Trinter
USA823030John Dane IIIAustin Sperry
USA826969Jock KohlhasLarry Scott
USA832020Mark ReynoldsHal Haenel
USA8043Y4John MandersonRoman Gotsulyak
USA7956X1Tony HerrmannMark Herrmann
USA831212Rick MerrimanBrian Sharp
USA816363Ryan StaszkoJack Donahue
USA821515Bill AllenBrad Lichter
USA825353Rick BrethorstScott Anderson
USA808383John ChiarellaBob Carlson
USA827979Claude BonanniRick Burgess
USA815959Ched ProctorMatt Semler
USA746262Dave WattDave Martin
USA824545Joe ZambellaPeter Costa
USA827373George SzaboRick Peters
USA826767Mark MendelblattMark Strube
USA781417Keith DonaldSean Quinn
USA7105X3Bill BabelTrevor Davis
USA819595John MacCauslandKevin Murphy
USA813636Henry FilterWill Wagner
USA815624Andy HortonAndrew Scott
USA817776Jud SmithTerry Yuill
USA83066James BuckinghamEric Monroe
USA817575James BabelBill Hawk
USA806161Derek DeCouteauTrevor Nederlof
USA826060Carl BuchanJamie Buchan
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