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Star Sailors League Finals - Scheidt and Boening lead

Robert Scheidt and Henry Boening (BRA) lead the Qualifying Rounds of the SSL Finals 2016 after a stellar performance in Montague Bay, Nassau, Bahamas.Image Martinez Studio

Despite winning races Wednesday, Diego Negri and Sergio Lambertenghi dropped to second place and Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih (USA) drop to third.

Seven hours of intense racing, in the tropical heat of Montagu Bay, tested the physical and mental resolve of all the teams. Five of the top ten teams are VIPs invited to the SSL Finals.

Three VIPs teams lead the chasing pack behind the top three, albeit 20 points behind.

Jonas H√łgh-Christensen (DEN) and Steve Milne (GBR) lead the group of invited teams.

Facundo Olezza (ARG) and Federico Melo (POR), and Tonci Stipanovic and Ante Sitic (CRO) both had superb results Wednesday finishing fourth and fifth respectively.

The Croatians rise today was meteoric. Starting the day in a lowly 21st position, the Laser Silver medallist Stipanovic, steered the team to four top ten finishes, including two podiums.

Lighter shifty conditions prevailed today, with the general trend being a fall in wind speed and shifting south.

Getting a good start is paramount in the SSL Finals and in light winds, clear air becomes a precious commodity.

Robert Sheidt and Henry Boening consistently won the favoured side at the start, posting four podium finishes including their second bullet in the last race.

Johannes Polgar & Markus Koy (GER) dropped from fourth overall to eighth after a difficult day on the water. However they are the top German team by a big margin.

SSL Finals - Top ten after six races:

1. Scheidt / Boening, 10 points
2. Negri / Lambertenghi, 12
3. Mendelblatt / Fatih, 14
4. Hogh-christensen / Milne , 34
5. Olezza / Melo, 35
6. Stipanovic / Sitic, 37
7. Rohart / Ponsot, 41
8. Zbogar / Bercz, 45
9. Kusznierewicz / Zycki, 45
10. Fantela / Arapovic, 53

There are five more races scheduled over the next two days before the top ten teams qualify for the SSL Finals.

Racing at the SSL Finals 2016 continues Thursday with the second day of the Qualifying Rounds. A maximum of four races are scheduled.