First race goes to German sailor Robert Stanjek and Markus Koy
The German newcomers Robert Stanjek / Markus Koy won race 1 of the Star Class 2005 Eastern Hemisphere Championship on Lake of Thoune/Switzerland, race which was sailed in a steady 12 – 15 kn north-north-westerly wind.
The two young Hamburg sailors belong to the German Nixdorf Sailing Team, which has its training camp since years at Palma de Mallorca, now headed by the successful Danish multiple past-European Star Champion Christian Rasmussen. The late Heinz Nixdorf (Computer Manufacturer) Foundation for the promotion of olympic sailing contributes once more to the development of new talents.
Rain during the whole day and a lake flat as a mirror did not create much enthusiasm early in the morning. Sailors trying hard to loose their last grams to make the weight limit were the only attraction in the first hours of the grey day.
The start scheduled for 1100 was finally given at 1410. After a general recall, the whole fleet started perfectly under black flag. Teams from nine different nations finally made the top tens. Following Stanjek/Koy were after an excellent start and consistent sailing in the first three places the Marin Lovrovic jun. and sen. CRO and Paulo Sevestre / Vincent Bérengier FRA, actually the French number 2 Starboat after the World Champion Xavier Rohart taking a break until next fall.
In his first season on the Star, the Finn Olympic Gold and Bronze medal winner Mateusz Kuznierewicz with crew Dominik Zycki was, after a rather prudent start, fighting thru the fleet to finally arrive on rank 4 of this race.
Bad luck for local hero, Flavio Marazzi / Magnus Lilljedahl, who had a mast failure leading to a DNF while racing around in eighth on the second down-wind. Best Swiss team were the Stegmeier brothers at sixth, closely behind Johnny Jensen / Martin Petersen DEN.