Early lead for Kusznierewicz

Polish duo ahead after day one of the Star World Championship in Varberg, Sweden

Sunday August 2nd 2009, Author: Lynn Fitzpatrick, Location: United Kingdom
Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki (POL) started off the 2009 Star World Championship the same way they began the 2008 Star World Championship. They finished with a bullet after getting off to a great pin end start, rounding the first weather mark in the lead, loosely covering the fleet and maintaining a margin of nearly a minute.

When Kusznierewicz was asked about the similarity between this year's start to the World Championship and last year's he said: "We'll see about tomorrow." Kusznierewicz/Zycki stunned everyone in 2008 when they won the second race of the World Championship series also.

Recapping the race Kusznierewicz commented: "It feels a bit surreal. We have taken such a long break that we're sticking to the basics and we see things more clearly. The race was not that simple, but it seemed simple in retrospect." The defending Star World Champions worked on their settings once they got out on the water and then focused on getting a good start. They were pretty confident with the current and the shore effect and didn't see any odd clouds that would affect the fleet radically. After punching out to an awesome pin end start, they held their lane and kept the lead.

Giving them a run for their money were local favorites, Freddy Lööf and Johan Tillander (SWE). The Swedes came from double digits at the end of the first of three laps and rumbled around the right leeward gate with speed while many of the other teams fought the waves and the current. Said Lööf, "We were fast downwind and we had pretty good upwind speed." Lööf also was releived to have racing under way, stating that the team had "a good buildup to racing with the family being here through Thursday and switching into racing mode on Friday."

The fight for third as the breeze fell from 12- 14 knots at the start to about 7 knots at the finish, was fierce. Flavio Marazzi and Enrico De Maria (SUI) scooped the two young German teams of Johannes Bambandererde and Timo Jacobs and Matthias Miller and Benedict Wenk on the final beat.

The top North American team was Mark Mendelblatt and Mark Strube (USA). After squirting out in the lead with Kuznierewicz/Zycki around the first weather mark the Americans gradually slid to eighth place in the 85-boat fleet.

More photos on the following pages....

Results:

Pos Helm Crew Nat R1 Tot
1 Mateusz Kusznierewicz Dominik Zycki POL 1 1
2 Fredrik Lööf Johan Tillander SWE 2 2
3 Flavio Marazzi Enrico De Maria SUI 3 3
4 Johannes Babandererde Timo Jacobs GER 4 4
5 Matthias Miller Benedikt Wenk GER 5 5
6 Silvio Santoni Fabio Toccoli ITA 6 6
7 Nicola Celon Edoardo Natucci ITA 7 7
8 Mark Mendelblatt Mark Strube USA 8 8
9 Alexander Schlonski Frithjof Kleen GER 9 9
10 Mats Johansson Leif Möller SWE 10 10
11 Hamish Pepper Craig Monk NZL 11 11
12 Max Treacy Anthony Shanks IRL 12 12
13 Erik Dahlén Krister Carlsson SWE 13 13
14 Andrew Campbell Magnus Liljedahl USA 14 14
15 Peter O'Leary Tim Goodbody IRL 15 15
16 Alejo Rigoni Juan Pablo Percossi ARG 16 16
17 Andrew Macdonald Brian Fatih USA 17 17
18 Marin Lovrovic Jr Sinisa Mikulicic CRO 18 18
19 John Gimson Ed Greig GBR 19 19
20 Horacio Carabelli Ubiratan Matos BRA 20 20
21 Alberto Barovier Nando Colaninno ITA 21 21
22 Diego Negri Valerio Chinca ITA 22 22
23 Flemming Sorensen Niels Trysoe-Hansen DEN 23 23
24 Manuel Voigt Paul Sradnick GER 24 24
25 Tibor Tenke Miklos Berezeti HUN 25 25
26 Robert Scheidt Bruno Prada BRA 26 26
27 Calle Schröder Stefan Hemlin SWE 27 27
28 Ante Razmilovic Brian Hammersley GBR 28 28
29 Juan Kouyoumdjian Steven Erickson ARG 29 29
30 Lars Schmidt Grael Ronald Seifert BRA 30 30
31 Johannes Polgar Tim Kroeger GER 31 31
32 Benny Andersen Mogens Just DEN 32 32
33 Andrew Landenberger Beat Stegmeier AUS 33 33
34 Henrik Dannesboe Vincent Hagin SUI 34 34
35 Robert Stanjek Markus Koy GER 35 35
36 Konstantin Datsenko Bazurin Ilya UKR 36 36
37 Mate Arapov Ivan Misura CRO 37 37
38 Afonso Domingos Frederico Melo POR 38 38
39 Herluf Joergensen Lars Wegener DEN 39 39
40 Fredrik Ljungkvist Daniel Alm SWE 40 40
41 Kunio Suzuki Daichi Wada JPN 41 41
42 Florian von Linde Tobias Steffens GER 42 42
43 Xavier Rohart Pierre Alexis Ponsot FRA 43 43
44 Henrik Jörhov Karl Kristensen SWE 44 44
45 Paul Mckenzie Philip Toth AUS 45 45
46 Kurt Scheidegger Markus Scheidegger SUI 46 46
47 Alexander Hagen Kai Falkentahl GER 47 47
48 Lars Edwall Henrik Ljungdahl SWE 48 48
49 Hubert Rauch Chris Conrads GER 49 49
50 Pelle Petterson Anders Ekström SWE 50 50
51 Brian Cramer Matt Johnston CAN 51 51
52 Claude Bonanni Richard Burgess USA 52 52
53 Vasyl Gureyev Volodymyr Korotkov UKR 53 53
54 George Szabo Rick Peters USA 54 54
55 Johnny Jensen Claus Lauritsen DEN 55 55
56 Sander Jorissen Erik Veldhuizen NED 56 56
57 Peter Van Veen Paul Goeist NED 57 57
58 Joni Leeve Asko Salminen FIN 58 58
59 Dan Lovrovic Antonio Arapovic CRO 59 59
60 Andre Mirsky Marcelo Jordao BRA 60 60
61 Arkadiusz Wierzbicki Krzysztof Pawlowski POL 61 61
62 Ingvar Krook Henrik Hasselgren SWE 62 62
63 Christian Paucksch Christian Knoll GER 63 63
64 Jochen Diercks Herbert Braasch GER 64 64
65 Andrea Fornaro Riccardo Capociuchi ITA 65 65
66 David Tabb Tom Peyton GBR 66 66
67 Andrey Berezhnoy Sergey Masalov RUS 67 67
68 Daniel Wyss Urs Joss SUI 68 68
69 Hans Oskarsson Håkan Lundgren SWE 69 69
70 Philip Carlson Benjamin Peterson SWE 70 70
71 Roberto Tomasini Grinover Gunnar Bahr AUT 71 71
72 Juerg Wittich Christian Trachsel SUI 72 72
73 Olle Johansson Dag Hansson SWE 73 73
74 Sune Carlsson Dan Anders Carlsson SWE 74 74
75 Jan Strömbeck Stefan Jacobsson SWE 75 75
76 Regis Berenguier Laurent Bernaz FRA 76 76
77 Roman Juchli Philipp Juchli SUI 77 77
78 Tomas Franzen Pontus Gabel SWE 78 78
79 Anders Hoagland Gunnar Faernert SWE 79 79
80 Dierk Thomsen Philip Behn GER 80 80
81 Fredrik Fransson Tomas Åkerman SWE 81 81
82 Gerhard Weinreich Alexander Kagl AUT 82 82
83 Benny Nilsson Stefan Fagerlund Nilsson SWE 83 83
84 Gösta Eriksson Björn Beskow SWE 84 84
85 Börje Larsson Carl-Fredrik Larsson SWE 85 85
86 Mariusz Modrzynski Sebastian Moras POL 87 DNF 87

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