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Star Worlds: Kusnierewicz wins again - Percy out

'Mateusz Kusnierewicz and Dominik Zycki win 2 races in a row at the 2008 Star Worlds Miami'    Fried Elliott ©    Click Here to view large photo

It was all grins for Polish team of Mateusz Kusnierewicz and Dominik Zycki of Poland as they crushed the rest of the fleet during the second race of the 2008 Star World Championship. But while the Poles celebrated a second win, Britain's Ian Percy and Andrew Simpson were heading home for an early shower after being caught out by the black flag sequence after the first aborted start.

It was Black Saturday for many who had hoped to win the 2008 Star Worlds or go to the Olympics. Among the twenty five crews who have already qualified for the Olympics John Dane III and Austin Sperry (USA), Marc Pickel and Ingo Borkowski (GER), Ian Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR) and Hamish Pepper and Carl Williams (NZL) were black flagged.

No such problems for Kusnierewicz and Zycki. Although Marin Lovrovic Jr. and Sinsa Mikulicic from Croatia approached the weather mark from the middle left with a nice lead over Kusnierewicz and Zycki as they bore off for the offset mark,the polish pair took a peek at the board to see if their bow number was among the 25 boats that were black flagged. Relieved that they were not among the nearly quarter of the fleet sent marching home, they got down to business. Lovrovic/Mikulicic went high and Kusnierewicz/Zycki went low and 2.1 miles later Kusnierewicz and Zycki had a three boat length lead as they rounded the leeward gate and headed back up wind.

Among the teams who have mounted quadrennium long campaigns from countries that are still trying to qualify for the Olympics and who were also black flagged were Rodrigo Zuazola and Robert Riegel (CHI), Eivind Melleby and Petter Morland Pedersen (NOR), Maurice O’Connell and Ben Cooke (IRL), Max Treacy and Anthony Shanks (IRL) and Peter Bromby and Lee White (BER).

Thankfully, the Irish can breath a sigh of relief, because the young lads who came onto the scene this season Peter O’Leary and Stephen Milne (IRL) carried the baton for their county. There were many other very talented crews who were tagged after the race committee went to the black flag following the first general recall. The second starting sequence ended with the AP going up, and many aggressive competitors charged the line during the third attempt at the start.

With the fleet thinned out immediately behind them, Kusnierewicz/Zycki and Lovrovic/Mikulicic pulled away and Diego Negri and Luigi Viale (ITA) followed around the left gate while John MacCausland and Kevin Murphy (USA) and Freddy Loof and Anders Ekstrom (SWE) tried to make up ground by rounding the right gate. Peter O’Leary and Stephen Milne (IRL) executed a picture perfect left gate rounding inside the father and son team of Carl and Jamie Buchan (USA) to snag sixth.

The sun came out for the final beat as Kusnierewicz/Zycki sailed their final beat alone for the second day in a row. Having to defend against some formidable veterans, Lovrovic/Sinsa slipped back in the 8-10 knot breeze from the SE, but were able to cover Negri/Viale and cross the finish line in second place. MacCausland/Murphy, who showed off their starts and speed in the practice race, finished fourth. The Irish youth, O’Leary/Milne posted yet another impressive finish in Miami and took fifth.

Kusnierewicz/Zycki are sailing a Folli that is the sister ship to Dane/Sperry’s trial horse, 8320. It’s likely that both teams are shipping their trusty steeds to Qingdao shortly after the 2008 Star Worlds hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club.

Countries that are leading the charge toward qualifying for the 2008 Olympics are Switzerland, Ireland, Japan and Croatia.

Place Boat Skipper Crew Sail No Fleet R1 R2 Total
1 POL 8170    Mateusz Kusznierewicz    Dominik Zycki    8170    Isol    1 1 2
2 ITA 8266    Diego Negri    Luigi Viale    8266    VE    3 3 6
3 USA 8267    Mark Mendelblatt    Mark Strube    8267    TaB    2 6 8
4 USA 8195    John A Maccausland    Kevin Murphy    8195    CR    15 4 19
5 SUI 8296    Flavio Marazzi    Enrico De Maria    8296    TB    6 14 20
6 AUS 7836    Iain Murray    Andrew Palfrey    7836    LMac    11 11 22
7 IRL 8261    Peter O'Leary    Stephen Milne    8261    Isol    19 5 24
8 JPN 8144    Kunio Suzuki    Daichi Wada    8144    Isol    9 15 24
9 CRO 8339    Marin Lovrovic Jr    Sinisa Mikulicic    8339    Isol    29 2 31
10 POR 8309    Afonso Domingos    Bernardo Santos    8309    CP    21 10 31
11 AUT 8226    Hans Spitzauer    Christian Nehammer    8226    Att    14 18 32
12 CAN 8291    Ross Macdonald    Steve Mitchell    8291    EB    25 9 34
13 SWE 8331    Fredrik Loof    Anders Ekstrom    8331    BK    27 8 35
14 USA 8260    Carl Buchan    Jamie Buchan    8260    PS    31 7 38
15 ITA 8348    Luca Modena    Sergio Lambertenghi    8348    NG    24 17 41
16 ITA 8290    Silvio Santoni    Dodo Natucci    8290    NG    22 23 45
17 FRA 8107    Xavier Rohart    Pascal Rambeau    8107    NI    26 21 47
18 BRA 8337    Alan Adler    Ronald Seifert    8337    RdJ    16 32 48
19 BRA 8255    Robert Scheidt    Bruno Prada    8255    Gua    37 12 49
20 ITA 8332    Enrico Chieffi    Nando Colaninno    8332    PDV    32 19 51
21 USA 8285    Augie Diaz    Phil Trinter    8285    BisB    49 13 62
22 ARG 8003    Alejo Rigoni    Gustavo Gonzalez    8003    BA    33 29 62
23 USA 8273    George Szabo    Rick Peters    8273    SDB    39 25 64
24 USA 8177    Jud Smith    Terry Yuill    8177    CA    51 16 67
25 CAN 8143    Brian Cramer    Tyler Bjorn    8143    WLOC    47 22 69
26 CRO 8280    Dan Lovrovic    Marin Lovrovic Sr    8280    Isol    40 30 70
27 SUI 8232    Henrik Dannesboe    Edward Morey    8232    Sem    34 37 71
28 CAN 7570    Hunter Lowden    Brett Wilson    7570    EB    35 36 71
29 GER 7860    Werner Fritz    Uli Seeberger    7860    B    44 31 75
30 ARG 7907    Fabian Mac Gowan    Federico Engelhard    7907    OL    50 26 76
31 USA 8312    Rick Merriman    Brian Sharp    8312    LH    58 20 78
32 USA 8250    Andrew Macdonald    Brian Fatih    8250    NB    52 27 79
33 GER 8213    Peer Wilhelm    Nils Hollweg    8213    Kf    43 41 84
34 NED 8277    Sjaak Haakman    Wietze Zetzema    8277    Med    45 40 85
35 SUI 7990    Daniel Stegmeier    Beat Stegmeier    7990    TB    48 43 91
36 USA 8253    Richard Brethorst    Scott Anderson    8253    LS    41 53 94
37 GRE 8192    Leonidas Pelekanakis    George Stylianos    8192    Gre    38 57 95
38 NED 8263    Alexander Jorissen    Erik Veldhuizen    8263    Hol    64 34 98
39 USA 8136    Henry Filter    Will Wagner    8136    AN    54 46 100
40 DEN 8343    Joegen Svendsen    Jens Christian Jurlander    8343    DF    46 56 102
41 USA 8159    Ched Proctor    Matt Semler    8159    CLIS    78 28 106
42 USA 8175    Jim Babel    Bill Hawk    8175    GL    56 51 107
43 HUN 8166    Tibor Tenke    Jozsef Bendicsek    8166    Ore    63 45 108
44 BER 8272    Peter Bromby    Lee White    8272    Isol    4 105.0 [BFD]  109
45 USA 8269    Jock Kohlhas    Larry Scott    8269    BisB    71 38 109
46 GER 8333    Marc Pickel    Ingo Borkowski    8333    Bre    5 105.0 [BFD]  110
47 IRL 8158    Maxwell Treacy    R Anthony Shanks    8158    Isol    7 105.0 [BFD]  112
48 UKR 8096    Eugen Avksentiev    Kostyantyn Kondratuyk    8096    Ukr    79 33 112
49 GBR 8345    Iain Percy    Andrew Simpson    8345    Sol    8 105.0 [BFD]  113
50 USA 8230    John Dane III    Austin Sperry    8230    MoB    10 105.0 [BFD]  115
51 RUS 8281    Dmitriy Vokhmintsev    Yury Pinegin    8281    StP    61 54 115
52 NZL 8187    Hamish Pepper    Carl Williams    8187    Isol    12 105.0 [BFD]  117
53 ITA 8164    Valerio Chinca    Massimo Ciano    8164    FDM    59 58 117
54 USA 8156    Andy Horton    Andrew Scott    8156    NB    13 105.0 [BFD]  118
55 SWE 8298    Tom Lofstedt    Krister Carlsson    8298    Ras    69 49 118
56 UKR 8205    Konstantin Datsenko    Olexandr Yevseyenko    8205    Ukr    77 42 119
57 USA 8320    Mark Reynolds    Hal Haenel    8320    SDB    17 105.0 [BFD]  122
58 GER 8109    Robert Stanjek    Markus Koy    8109    BF    18 105.0 [BFD]  123
59 SUI 8009    Christoph Gautschi    Alex Gouda    8009    Bod    84 39 123
60 NOR 8183    Eivind Melleby    Petter Morland Pedersen    8183    Nor    20 105.0 [BFD]  125
61 RUS 8305    Sergey Shevtsov    Roman Sadchikov    8305    StP    23 105.0 [BFD]  128
62 ESP 8301    Franciso Sanchez    Manuel Roca    8301    Lar    105.0 [DNF]  24 129
63 BUL 7437    Nedko Vassilev    Boycho Nikolov    7437    Isol    83 47 130
64 USA 8279    Claude Bonanni    Richard Burgess    8279    TaB    80 50 130
65 SWE 7978    Ingvar Krook    Henrik J-son Hasselgren    7978    AR    66 65 131
66 ESP 7581    Roberto Bermudez    Marcelo Ferreira    7581    P-San    28 105.0 [BFD]  133
67 ITA 8344    Antonio Tamburini    Renzo Ricci    8344    SI    70 63 133
68 IRL 8254    Maurice O'Connell    Ben Coe    8254    Isol    30 105.0 [BFD]  135
69 SUI 8329    Daniel Wyss    Urs Joss    8329    ZU    75 60 135
70 USA 8245    Joe Zambella    Peter Costa    8245    BH    74 64 138
71 BRA 8300    Peter Ficker    Arthur Lopes    8300    San    72 67 139
72 GER 8256    Hubert Merkelbach    Gerrit Bartel    8256    UB    105.0 [BFD]  35 140
73 USA 8215    Bill Allen    Brad Lichter    8215    WH    88 52 140
74 DEN 8218    Benny Andersen    Mogens Just    8218    DF    36 105.0 [BFD]  141
75 GER 8016    Hubert Rauch    Felix Kling    8016    And    67 77 144
76 USA 8061    Derek Decouteau    Trevor Nederlof    8061    BI    90 55 145
77 USA 7105    Bill Babel    Trevor Davis    7105    GL    85 61 146
78 USA 7462    Dave Watt    Dave Martin    7462    PS    42 105.0 [BFD]  147
79 USA 7814    Keith Donald    Sean Bryson Quinn    7814    AN    89 59 148
80 BRA 8282    Alessandro Pascolato    Henry Raul Booning    8282    Gua    105.0 [BFD]  44 149
81 CHI 7972    Vicente Gimeno    Ignacio Pablo Hasbun    7972    Val    76 74 150
82 SUI 8085    Lorenz Zimmermann    Michael Mutti    8085    LUV    105.0 [BFD]  48 153
83 GER 7866    Dierk Thomsen    Darin Jensen    7866    Glu    82 73 155
84 GER 7750    Jens Burmester    Markus Mehlen    7750    Ed    91 66 157
85 BRA 8283    Gastao Brun    Fabio Kraiczyk    8283    RdJ    53 105.0 [BFD]  158
86 USA 8043    John Manderson    Roman Gotsuyak    8043    Mid    55 105.0 [BFD]  160
87 CHN 7784    Hong Quan Li    He WANG    7784    EB    92 69 161
88 FIN 8292    Jali Makila    Erkki Heinonen    8292    Fin    57 105.0 [BFD]  162
89 ITA 7562    Stefano Bettarini    Corrado Cristaldini    7562    Viar    87 75 162
90 USA 8163    Ryan Staszko    Jack Donahue    8163    BH    93 70 163
91 CRO 7828    Mate Arapov    Ognjen Uljevic    7828    Isol    60 105.0 [BFD]  165
92 USA 8083    John Chiarella    Robert Carlson    8083    Sun    95 71 166
93 AUT 8021    Harald Wirth    Jim Pickering    8021    AU    94 72 166
94 RUS 8119    Vitaliy Tarakanov    Maxim Karelsky    8119    Mosc    105.0 [BFD]  62 167
95 BRA 8284    Lars Schmidt Grael    Marcelo Jordao    8284    Par    62 105.0 [BFD]  167
96 CHI 8319    Rodrigo Zuazola    Robert Riegel    8319    Val    65 105.0 [BFD]  170
97 GER 7816    Marko Hasche    Philip Behn    7816    HF    96 76 172
98 AUT 8216    Roberto Tomasini Grinover    Gunnar Bahr    8216    AU    105.0 [BFD]  68 173
99 UKR 8247    Vasyl Gureyev    Volodymyr Korotkov    8247    Ukr    68 105.0 [BFD]  173
100 GER 7946    Hermann Weiler    Niklas Dietrich    7946    Neu    98 78 176
101 ARG 7777    Julio Labandeira    Enrique Della Torre    7777    OL    73 105.0 [BFD]  178
102 USA 7713    Ben Fransen    Ian Coleman    7713    AN    81 105.0 [DNS]  186
103 GER 7865    Stefan Lehnert    Peter Menning    7865    Bre    86 105.0 [BFD]  191
104 CAN 7451    Dennis Burgess    Gordon Clay    7451    EB    97 105.0 [BFD]  202

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