Club NauticoVersilia hosted the 2017 Star Eastern Hemisphere Championships and this regatta event consisted of six races that were held over 5 days.
The event took place from May 30 to June 4 this year in the picturesque port of Viareggio. It was a well-attended race and the winners of the championship were the American pairing of Andy McDonald and Brad Nichol. They sailed on a brand new boat, but did not have any difficulty in adjusting to the boat. There were no signs of them to show that they were the apprehensions of sailing a new boat in an all-important championship. They performed like pros and won the event with a total of 26 points.
The second place went to Irish team of Robert O’Leary and Peter O’Leary and they also end e the regatta with 26 points. This was a very close regatta to call and the Americans were adjudged the winners in the tiebreaker race. They beat the Irish team hands down in the tiebreaker race to claim the 2017 Star Eastern Hemispheres Championships.
The third place went to Diego Negri and Sergio Lambertenghi of Italy and they completed the race with 36 points. They were able to beat the world champion American Augie Diaz and his crew member Arthur Lopes of Brazil with just a point. The 5th position was claimed by the Swiss pairing of Jean Pascal Chatagny and Serge Pulfer and they won with 41 points.
There were a total of 67 international star class teams that took part in the regatta event and sailor from 15 countries took part in the regatta. Nichol and McDonald were very happy with their achievement and put up a very good show in the port of Viareggio. They hope to continue their good form in the upcoming events as well.