Back together

We talk to Mark Mendelblatt and Mark Strube about their rekindled Star campaign
Two strong contenders making their return to the Star class, in the absence of any multi-challenger America’s Cup action taking place, are American duo Mark Mendelblatt and Mark Strube. This duo were a formidable team back in 2006 when we encountered them in Neustadt as they were comfortably winning the Star European Championship. This followed their wins at Kiel Week and the 2005 Bacardi Cup. Sadly, partly due to America’s Cup commitments - Mendelblatt was in the afterguard of Emirates Team New Zealand while his crew Mark Strube signed on with Victory Challenge - the duo canned their Olympic campaign the following year, with Strube going on to the US trials for Beijing as crew for Joe Londrigan, ultimately finishing ninth while John Dane and Austin Sperry got US Sailing ticket to Qingdao. Now our dynamic duo are back on the Olympic circuit and are currently holding third place at the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik astern of Robert Schiedt/Bruno Prada, who have moved into the lead today, but ahead of the likes of Freddie Loof, Flavio Marazzi, Hamish Pepper and Xavier Rohart. “I’ve got most of my good results with Mark," says Mendelblatt of his burly partner and why they rekindled their partnership. They got back together prior to the Star Worlds last year when they came home a respectable seventh and came to Europe in April to compete at the Trofeo Princess Sofia in Palma where they also came seventh, one this occasion a more disappointing result given it was in a smaller less hotly contested fleet. However Mendelblatt says this was only their second regatta back in the class and they have the whole season to ramp up their game again. To help the cause they have invested in a new boat - a Juan K-designed Mader believed