Sailing stars in Kiel, Germany for the 99th World All Star Championship • Live Sail Die
86 exceptional teams from 18 countries have registered for the 2021 World All-Star Championship in the iconic sailing capital, Kiel, Germany, which will take place September 4-11 during the Kieler Woche, just like in Olympic times . Most of these teams will chase defending title holders Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL) with the five-time winning crew Bruno Prada (BRA), here to defend it and propel Prada into the Olympia of the Star sailors. He would be the first – and the only one – to achieve the incredible record of winning six World All-Star titles.
Mateusz Kusznierewicz, who initially enjoyed success with the Finn and proved his talent and skills with a gold and bronze medal at the Olympics and two Gold Cup titles, switched to the doubles keelboat to win the World Championship in 2008 and 2019. As the Star Worlds 2020 have been canceled, the Sailor of the Year 1999 will now try to keep his hands on the prestigious trophy in Kiel. The 46-year-old has already proven that he still has it with the excellent Bruno Prada crew during the traditional Bacadi Cup in Miami. With eight wins in the eight races, the duo dominated the event and became the first duo to win the competition in one fell swoop since its inception in 1927. Mateusz and Bruno have won the Kieler Woche several times each, they are therefore quite familiar with the spot, which makes it the team to beat.
The favorites list at 99e The Star Class World Championships in Kiel are long. In addition to the defenders, the reigning European champions and double Olympian Enrico Chieffi with Ferdinando Colaninno (Italy), and the vice-European champions Hubert Merklebach, class president, with Kilian Weise (GER), are here with goals clear fixed in their minds, the golden star on their mainsail. But also, the triple vice-world champion Diego Negri (ITA) with the 2014 world champion Frithjof Kleen (GER); two-time Finnish Olympian Jake Lilley (AUS); five-time European laser champion and two-time Olympic silver medalist Tonci Stipanovic (CRO); Eivind Melleby (NOR), Star World Champion 2017, Olympian and Volvo Ocean Race finalist; and of course, the five-time Olympian, bronze medalist in Athens in Star and seven-time Finnish and Star world champion, Xavier Rohart (FRA), will all be on the starting line on Monday 6 September.e.
The official start of the World Championships will take place at the Opening Ceremony on Sunday at 6.30 p.m. local time after the registration and weigh-in of the teams has been completed. Then the first starting signal will sound at 1:00 p.m. on Monday after the skippers’ meeting. Six races are scheduled, one per day as is the century-old tradition, until Saturday September 11e, when the medals will be awarded.