Viareggio, Italy (June 10, 2010) -- USSTAG’s George Szabo (San Diego, Calif.) and John von Schwarz (Annapolis, Md.) grabbed a second place finish today, narrowly behind top finisher Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA), who were neck and neck the entire race at the 2010 Star European Championship in Viareggio, Italy. The USSTAG team has moved into third overall.
Race report from Mark Mendelblatt:
“It was a great finish for us but we still have two critical races to go. We had a decent start near the pin end which was favored and managed to avoid a black flag. We tacked fairly early onto port, which was three to one the long tack and got our nose out. At the top, we got a little shift right and crossed everyone to round in the lead. We held on downwind but chose the left gate mark while Robert [Scheidt] chose the right. Even though our gate was favored, it was a worse exit with the rest of the fleet coming downwind, so after splitting for about five minutes, he came out slightly ahead. And that was the race.”
From Coach Mark Ivey:
“It was just another long day on the water with a hot land breeze that lasted all morning so the Race Committee took us way offshore. It began to fade right at race time, so the Race Committee had to postpone and let a developing sea breeze settle before they could set up the start line and begin the race. They used a Black Flag start and caught about 12 teams, luckily none of our guys.”