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Over the weekend of 26th and 27th May, beach polo returns to the beautiful island of Sylt, Germany as six international teams gather to compete for the first major title of the European polo season, the Julius Baer Beach Polo World Cup. Now in its fifth year, the 2012 tournament has attracted top international polo players including Argentinian, Gaston Maiquez; brothers Thomas and Christopher Winter, and Sven Schneider from Germany; and British stars, Jamie Morrison and Tim Ward. They will be joined by German wonder- kid Lukas Sdrenka, a 16-year-old one goal player, who is competing at the tournament for the third time and who will be more determined than ever to recapture the title he won playing alongside Thomas Winter in 2010. Played over two days, the Julius Baer Beach Polo World Cup is watched by over 10,000 spectators who flock to the wide open white beaches on the east of the island at Hornum. The players represent six international sponsored teams who this year will be Switzerland, France, England (x2 teams), Argentina and Germany. The action at the Julius Baer Beach Polo World Cup is fast and furious with Saturday’s round-robin group matches being played over two chukkas of five minutes each, and a further three matches, including The Final, being played on Sunday over four chukkas. Spectators line the playing arena and are guaranteed to get up close and personal to some top class international polo! Sylt is a costal island situated off the north-west coast of Germany. Its tidal mudflats are now a UNESCO world heritage site, and over 50% of the island is under conservation. The Julius Baer Beach Polo World Cup Sylt 2012, is regarded as the ideal information platform for the Sylt Costal Protection Foundation in helping to raise awareness and support for the island’s loss of land. After the fierce winter storms that struck the island during 2011, a priority concern for the Sylt Costal Protection Foundation is the large damage caused to the famous red cliffs of Sylt. The organisers, led by Kiki Schneider, and title sponsor, Julius Baer, have pledged their allegiance to the Sylt Costal Protection Foundation, and once again will endeavour to provide donations towards this exigent cause.