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Laser Olympians line-up for Star Sailors League Final

The Star Sailors League will welcome the whole Olympic Games Laser podium in Nassau from November 28 to December 4 for the Star Sailors League Final.

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Tom Burton (AUS), Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) and Sam Meech (NZL) respectively gold, silver and bronze medal in Rio 2016, will be among the VIPs skippers racing at the SSL Finals 2016.

Laser sailors are all very similar around 80 kg, 6 feet tall, and very fit. The International Star Class Official Formula to calculate maximum Crew weight is (100 - Skippers Weight in kg) / 1.5) + 100.

This means that the average Laser sailors, helming a Star, needs a very big bowman of around 110kg.

Tom Burton will have Andrew “Dog” Palfrey (AUS) as his crew for his first time at the SSL Finals.

Tonci Stipanovic finished with a great 4th place at SSL Finals 2015, this time he will be sailing with Croatian crew Ante Sitic and we expect to see that 4th spot improving.

Tom Meech of New Zealand, but born in 1991 in Portsmouth, England, will sail the SSL Finals with Kiwi Finn bronze medal in Barcelona 1992 Craig Monk, who won a silver medal at the Star World Championship in 2009 with Hamish Pepper (NZL).

25 teams will be competing at the SSL Finals, the top 12 Star Sailors of 2016 and 13 wild cards drawn from every aspect of the sport.

After four days of racing for all, the competition goes into the knockout stages. Single races decide who survives and who is heading for the dock.

The last four teams will contest a thrilling final race, the first to finish will be the winner of the 2016 SSL Final and take home a lion's share of the $200,000 Prize Purse.

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G New
5 October 2016 17:44 GMT


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