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First Gold Star at the Worlds 2017

The Brazilian team Lars Schmidt Grael and Samuel Goncalves from Brazil will be fighting to repeat their victory from 2015, which they won in front of Marcelo Fuchs and Ronald Seifert BRA with Diego Negri and Sergio Lambertenghi ITA in third.

“We are honored and proud to welcome Lars and Samuel to our Club here in Troense”, says Flemming Sørensen, Danish Fleet Captain and Race Manager.

Lars Schmidt Grael won his first World Championship together with his brother Torben in the Snipe in 1983. Lars is also ten time Brazilian and five time South American champion for the Tornado class. Lars has competed at four Olympic Games in the Tornado, winning two Bronze Medals. In 2005 Lars became South American Champion and went on to win three more Silver Stars. 2013, Lars Schmidt Grael was elected President of the International Star Class Yacht Racing Association.

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The Brazilian team Lars Schmidt Grael and Samuel Goncalves, at the Star World Championship 2015.

Photo, Mathias Capizzano

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Paul Elvstrøm

FAIR WINDS, PAUL ELVSTRØM

When the Star World Championchip 2017 takes place in Troense, Denmark, it is exactly 50 years ago that Paul Elvstrøm won the Star World championship - also here in Denmark.

At the age of 88 years the legendary sportsman slept in Wednesday morning 7th December.

He managed to win 4 Olympic gold medals and 13 world championships in 8 different classes - here of 2 in the Star. Paul Elvstrøm was a glitterati and a role model for many. An excellent athlete who will never be forgotten and always missed.

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Photo from 1966. Paul Elvstrøm and his crew John Albrechtsen together with all the trophies they had won, the sweaters were swept over them after the last race at the World Championship in Kiel.The following year Paul again won the World Championship in his home waters outside Skovshoved in Denmark.

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