British Olympians Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson have bested a fleet of 73 to win the Star World Championship regatta, hosted this year by the Yacht Club of Rio de Janeiro (ICRJ). The Swiss team of Flavio Marazzi and Enrico De Maria, leaders in the ISAF world ranking, took second while Brazilians Torben Grael and Marcelo Ferreira came in third.
With his victory, Percy joins a select group of two-time Star world champions, having also won the Star world championship in 2002 with crew Steve Mitchell.
Percy is currently one of the top sailors in the British Olympic team, having won gold in both the Star Class in China in 2008 and in the Finn class in Sydney in 2000. He also took third in the 2005 Star World Championship and first in the 2005 Star European Championship.
Final Results (including one discard)
1- Iain Percy / Andrew Simpson (GBR) - 20 (2+11+2+1+4+18)
2- Flavio Marazzi / Enrico De Maria (SWI) - 29 (30+1+6+4+6+12)
3- Torben Grael / Marcelo Ferreira (BRA) - 39 (5+25+21+7+3+3)
4- Lars Grael / Ronald Seifert (BRA) - 44 (35+15+12+10+2+5)
5- Alan Adler / Guilherme de Almeida (BRA) - 44 (6+5+11+13+9+74)
6- Diego Negri / Fernando Colaninno (ITA) - 52 (23+18+5+6+13+10)
7- Fredrik Loof / John Tillander (SWE) - 52 (8+9+18+19+11+6)
8- Eivind Melleby / Petter Pedersen (NOR) - 54 (9+10+4+16+16+15)
9- Robert Scheidt / Bruno Prada (BRA) - 64 (3+19+50+5+5+32)
10- Johannes Babendererde /Timo Jacobs (GER) - 66 (1+8+39+8+15+34)
16- Gasto Brun / Gustavo Kunze (BRA) - 73 (21+7+15+48+8+22)
21- Andr Mirsky / Marcelo Jordo (BRA) - 98 (33+6+22+3+35+34)
For more on the event, visit Star Worlds.