The 'Switzerland Starfleet LUV' (Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee) will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2014. It will mark the occasion by organizing the 'Star Eastern Hemisphere Championship' that will take place from the seventh-13th of August on Lake Lucerne.
Italian Diego Negri, second one month ago at the Star Worlds racing with Sergio Lambertenghi, has gained the SSL Skipper ranking leadership and he’s also the 2013 Eastern Hemisphere Champion, and he is one of the men to beat in Brunnen. Other top ranked skippers include Greeks Emilios Papathanasiou with Antonis Tsotras, George Szabo from the USA with the Swiss Serge Pulfer and the European Champions from Germany Hubert Merkelbach with Gerrit Bartel.
The best regional sailors will also be present, including the 2012 vice-champions of Europe Lorenz Zimmermann/Markus Koy as well as the 2010 Swiss champions Urs Hunkeler/Hans-Peter Schaffner, and the 2004 Swiss champions Philipp Rotermund/Nils Hollweg.
The Eastern Hemisphere includes Europe and the countries east of Europe. From this perspective the Eastern Hemisphere Championship lies between a Europe Championship and a World Championship. However, it is not exactly how it is organised for the Star class, as sailors from every country can participate in a Continental Championship. And it is the case in Brunnen: among the 52 boats registered from 15 nations, some are coming from Brazil and the United States. The Star is a sport keel boat designed for two sailors. It is the oldest one design class, and participated in the Olympic Games until 2012. The sailing area off Brunnen on Lake Lucerne is one of the most attractive inland bodies of water in Europe. The sailors are sure to find thermal winds there.
Attractive innovation and suspense: the races will be retransmitted every day in live on YouTube (Star Eastern Hemisphere will be included in the Star Sailors League channel). Thanks to 3D Virtual-Eye technology, it will be possible to follow in real time the position, speed and direction of each boat, as well as the laylines and distances between the competitors on the water. Event website Live Tracking