UK Star Championships off to chilly start

The CNM Estates UK Star Championships got off to a chilly start on the waters of the Royal Victoria Docks on Friday outside London's ExCeL exhibition centre. Ten Star keelboats are taking part, including Star Olympic medallist Andrew Simpson, Luke Patience, Stuart Bithell, Mark Covell, Bryn Vaile and David Howlett. Triple Olympic medallist Iain Percy is expected to join the line-up Saturday. Conditions were not conductive to spectating - minus two degrees and snowing - with the sailors probably warmer. No official results available yet but with two race wins and a fourth place, Xavier Rohart FRA/Serge Pulfer SUI took the lead ahead of the 470 Olympic Silver medalist Luke Patience GBR after day 1.

The unique Fine Art Sails concept will see the work of top artists, such as Eine, Jaime Gili, Insa, Eley Kishimoto and Mear One, completely cover each mainsail.

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International Star racing on the Thames at Royal Victoria DocksClick image for a larger image