Monday, 15 April 2013

Star Western Hemisphere Championship 2013


April 15, 2013

American Team wins Star Class Western Hemisphere Championships.

American duo Augie Diaz and crew Arnis Baltins were in second place at the morning of the final day of sailing the Star Class Western Hemisphere Championships held in Nassau last week. However with a convincing win in their final race late Friday afternoon, were able to take the title. The weather this past week was the kind of perfect sailing conditions that keep bringing international sailors back to The Bahamas. 
From Left to Right: 
Augie Diaz - First Place Skipper, 
Sir Durward Knowles, Anthony Stubbs - 
Pictet Bank and Trust, Arnis Baltins - Frist Place Crew, 

Paul Hutton, Regatta Chairman explained “The consistent breeze generated great sailing with cresting waves that allowed sailors to take maximum advantage of surfing down the front of the waves on the downwind legs. Racing was very tight, with little stretch in the fleet meaning that the mark roundings were very competitive. The week again highlighted The Bahamas as a spectacular international sailing venue, something that the Ministry of Tourism has long had the foresight to support through its focus on sports tourism.”

Top skipper Augie Diaz confirms that “The Bahamas is the perfect place to sail”. This impressive team was also the winners of the Harry Knowles series, which took place at the beginning of the week.  
Narrowly ending up in second place was German team Hubert Merkelbach and Gerrit Bartel. Followed in third place by American team John MacCausland and Phil Trinter, who placed consistently well throughout the regatta. The race attracted twenty one teams from around the world including Agrentina, Canada, USA Germany and the Ukraine. 

The Nassau Yacht Club hosted the regatta which was sponsored by the Nassau branch of private banking firm Pictet Bank & Trust Limited. Hutton says the week went so well that the Star class is already talking about plans to come back to Nassau in the near future.

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