South American Championship 2019 hosted in Argentina
Friday, November 15, 2019 8:21 AM
25 teams will start racing today at the South American Championship 2019 hosted in Buenos Aires by the Club Nautico Olivos. Seven flags are waving at the yacht club entrance, representing Germany, Argentina, Brasil, Chile, United States, Italy and Uruguay with their great sailors gathered here to claim the South American Silver Star and follow nothing less than five time Olympic medalist Robert Scheidt, who won it last year in Rio de Janeiro with Henry Boening.
In the entry list we read the names of Frithjof Kleen GER, Star Class World Champion and winner of the Star Sailor League Finals; coming from across the river the Uruguayan Ricardo Fabini a successful helmsman in the Snipe Class and IMS, who attended several Olympics and will attend to the SSL Finals for the first time next month; Tomas Hornos, who was born in Argentina, but is here representing the United States, he was the youngest Snipe World Champion when he won it at 19 years old. He is here with his brilliant crew Pedro Trouche from Brasil, an SSL Finals champion and winner, with Tomas, of the U30 Star World Championship in the category reserved to both skipper and crew under 30.
Among the local legends we find Torkel Borgstrom, Junior World Champion for Snipe, District and National winner in the Star Class and one of the favorites here with his excellent crew Pablo Engelhard. The Commodore of the Club Nautico Olivos is also racing, Julio Labandeira is a multiple time District and National Star Class champion, the Snipe South American is also in his palmares.
Racing will begin tomorrow, November 14th , on the Río de la Plata waters, and will resume on Monday the 18th, under close control of the Chairman and Star Class Legacy Foundation board member Alberto Zanetti, contributing with his experience to the success of the event.