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Star Junior World Championship at Coral Reef Yacht Club, Miami - Overall

by Rachele Vitello 6 Feb 22:10 PST 3-6 February 2019

American sailor Luke Lawrence is, with crew Alexey Selivanov, the first Star Junior World Champion Under 30 after a six race regatta in the water of Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida, successfully hosted by the Coral Reef Yacht Club and organized by the International Star Class.

The championship started off well for the team who won the inaugural race of the series on Monday, then handed the lead last night to Charlie Buckingham and Austin Sperry (USA) and even today, on the last downwind they were second to Tomas Hornos (USA) and Pedro Trouche (BRA). But the finish line was upwind and they managed to pass a couple of boats, all they needed to conquer the first ever Star Junior World Championship title.

"We had a great time, we worked very well together and we had much fun said an enthusiastic Luke Lawrence We have to thank doctor Jim Revkin without whom this would not have happened if he hadn't called me five days before the event and told me Alexey was ready to crew for me and gave us the boat 8507 and new sails. He went straight to the point of this event, he helped the new guys enter the class and keep them going. There are a lot of Star sailors who gave their boats and helped this event become possible, we have 36 boats here! I am now planning to stay in the class and race more, maybe attend the SSL Finals and I will train for that!"

Luke Lawrence is 28 years old and has been sailing for most of his life, first the Laser then his real passion the Finn, and in the past few years he fell for the Star attending the main events such as the Worlds and the SSL Finals in 2014. A little break from sailing in the past year or so, before the great comeback winning the first Star Junior World Championship in the familiar waters of Biscayne Bay.

The day started early with a 10:30am warning sequence and a very technical race with about 10 knots from East, some big shifts and a change of leaders. The young Italian Laser Radial Youth World Champion Guido Gallinaro with German Olympian crew Frithjof Kleen won the first race over the 35 teams racing.

Before the start of the last race the top teams were all within a few points and you could feel the tension on the race course that caused a general recall. This was a five leg race with the finish line set upwind, not an irrelevant detail because at the last downwind gate American Tomas Hornos with Brazilian crew and winner of the last SSL Finals Pedro Trouche were leading the overall ranking. Hornos and Trouche finished the race second behind the Irish brothers Robert and Peter O'Leary, but Lawrence and Selivanov managed to overtake enough boats on the last upwind leg to win the event by three points.

"Tricky conditions with a lot of back and forth said Tomas Hornos with Pedro Trouche but we are very happy with the results, it's always good to be on the podium. We will be now busy with the Walker Cup and Midwinters starting tomorrow, it's a long week for us. We don't know yet what is coming after this, maybe Europeans/SSL Grand Slam maybe the Worlds in Porto Cervo, surely we'll continue sailing the Star together."

"It's been great racing this week, I was at the helm but my brother still did most of the tactics said Robert O'Leary and we are already looking forward to the next event in Riva del Garda next year in October, it shall be good. This was the first Junior World Championship and it's been so successful with 36 competitive boats, it's good to see all these young guys in the class."

For most of the fleet is now time to move to the next event starting tomorrow here at the Coral Reef Yacht Club; the Walker Cup on Thursday and Friday followed by the 2019 Midwinters on Saturday and Sunday. While the next Silver Star is set for May 11th to the 19th at the Europeans in Riva del Garda, first time organized together with the Star Sailors League for what it will also be the SSL Breeze Grand Slam. At the end of the month of May the Western Hemisphere in San Diego, California, and in June the Star World Championship 2019 in Porto Cervo, Italy.

The curtains are closing on the inaugural Star Junior World Championship, with huge support by the International Star Class particularly by Executive Director Jon VanderMolen, the Star Legacy Foundation officer Larry Whipple and the Secretary of District 20 Austin Sperry.

This was the first event of a series of great ones to come over the years.

Overall Results:

PosBow NoSail NoSkipper / CrewR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
114  USA 8501Luke Lawrence / Alexey Selivanov121282619
281  USA 8481Tomas Hornos / Pedro Trouche71757222
319  IRL 8527Robert O'Leary / Peter O'Leary3416126126
440  USA 8230Charlie Buckingham / Austin Sperry856116727
574  BRA 8474Nick Pellicano Grael / Samuel Goncalves5244641130
684  GBR 8291Lorenzo Brando Chiavarini / Brian Fatih1793153333
73  ITA 8331Guido Gallinaro / Frithjof Kleen22313141434
876  AUS 8390Jake Lilley / Lewis Brake11814211537
998  MEX 8498Juan Ignacio Perez / Mark Strube61321014839
105  BAH 8464Facundo Olezza / Frederico Melo4165165DNF46
11111  USA 8408Porter Kavle / Arnis Baltins20631391048
1266  USA 8507Joshua Revkin / Arthur Anosov152517151553
1350  ARG 8251Leandro Altolaguirre / Lucas Altolaguirre1631711121456
1433  NED 8541Thomas Allart / Kilian Weise19198419UFD69
1546  SWE 8246Jesper Stalheim / Shane Zwingelberg2617102381371
162  FRA 8404Hugo Fedrigucci / Sebastien Guidoux367199172072
1717  CAN 840Alex Baker / Rick Burgess1032918251678
1831  AUS 8230Luke Payne / Torvar Mirsky912112028DNF80
1926  USA 8215AJ Pereira / Ian Coleman2136201324987
2062  POR 8464Martim Anderson / Myles Pritchard28332419101293
2130  USA 8268Hoel Menard / Eugenio Cingolani14142331222194
2258  SWE 000Philip Carlson / Fredrik Aurell13102717DNFDNS101
2353  USA 8153Nicolaus Pro / Aaron Smith311129243019113
2480  USA 7677Peter Barlow / Mark Dolan321526301825114
2544  USA 8237Ian Robinson / Brian Sharpe2520152133UFD114
2679  USA 7985Chas Beek / Chuck Beek271830262617114
27162  USA 8362Daniel Cayard / Roger Cheer1234222721UFD116
2896  USA 8396Malcolm Lamphere / Roberto Ayala293018223118117
2959  USA 8059Bob Lippincott / Isao Toyama242225292327121
3072  CAN 8272Luke Morton / Bryan Milne183128282028122
3111  USA 3422Tyler Paige / TC Belco23212125DNFDNS124
3241  POR 6341Diogo Machado Pinto / Rick Peters3426DNFDNS1323133
3390  USA 8316Chloe Holder / Scott Gordon222933352724135
3416  GER 8308Jonathan Koch / Uli Seeberger302835322926145
3569  USA 7982Zachary Hansman / Rob Burton332732333222146
3654  USA 8371Charles Koules / Christian Koules353534343429166

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