The Star North Americans starts tomorrow in Newport Beach, California!
A successful season for the International Star Class in 2021 continues this week with the North American Championship in Newport Beach, Calif., After two strong championships in Split, Croatia, for the Europeans and Miami for the Western Hemisphere in the spring.
30 100% made in USA teams will be on the start line tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. local time for the first two races of the event. The level of competition is at its highest with six Star World Champions in the fleet, four at the helm and two as a crew. One of the crew is world famous skipper Paul Cayard serving as a crew in California to sail with his son Daniel, a third generation Star sailor, as his grandfather is a 1969 Star World Champion and medalist. Olympic bronze 1964 Pelle Petterson (SWE). The other crew is none other than Bruno Prada (BRA), winner of five world star championships, three with stellar skipper Robert Scheidt, one in the last event in Porto Cervo in 2019 with Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL) and one with Augie Diaz (USA), his skipper this week and North American title defender. The other world champions are Eric Doyle, John McCausland and George Szabo, sailing Newport Beach respectively with Payson Infelise, Brian Terhaar and Guy Avellon.
Bruno Prada is also a double Olympic medalist, and he is not the only one in the fleet. Rio 2016 bronze medalist Caleb Paine (USA) will team up with Doug Smith.
The winners of the Baxter Bowl Reggata, a warm-up event hosted by the Newport Harbor Yacht Club, Carl and Jamie Buchan will be the favorites this week. 24 of the 30 teams competing for the North Americans competed in the Baxter Bowl last weekend. Augie Diaz and Bruno Prada finished second and San Diego skipper George Szabo with Guy Avellon, third.
The races start tomorrow August 18 with a warning at 12:30 p.m. Two races per day are scheduled each day until Saturday, when the winners of the 2021 North American Championship will succeed Augie Diaz and Henry Boening (BRA), title holders since the last edition in 2019.