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21 January 2009, 10:41 am
Paralympic Events Debut At 2009 Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia MAPFRE
The SKUD18 fleet in action at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Sailing Competition
The Paralympic events will feature for the first time at the 2009 Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia MAPFRE

Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE 2009
Palma de Majorca, Spain

The 40th edition of the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia MAPFRE, to be held at Easter in the bay of Palma as part of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, will include Paralympic sailing events for the first time.
The 40 Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia MAPFRE, one of the most important Olympic sailing events in Europe and the third event of the 2008-2009 ISAF Sailing World Cup series, expects to gather together around 800 boats and over 1,200 sailors from 4-10 April in the bay of Palma. The regatta is open to the 13 events which will feature at the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Competitions: the ten Olympic events - 49er, Men's 470, Women's 470, Men's RS:X and Women's RS:X, Finn, Laser, Laser Radial, Star and Match Race Women; and the three Paralympic events - 2.4mR, SKUD18, Sonar.

Of the three Paralympic events, the 2.4mR is the better known in Spain, with a fleet of approximately 20 boat. It is a one-person keelboat, and as a sister to the bigger 6m, 8m and 12m yachts, possesses the typical powerful Metre boat sailing style. The other two are the SKUD18, a two-person keelboat with an asymmetrical spinnaker and the Sonar, a three-person keelboat with an asymmetrical spinnaker.

Paralympic sailing was an exhibition sport in the 1996 Atlanta Games and became a full medal sport for the first time in Sydney 2000. The equipment is adapted to the different disabilities and scoring is also made in accordance with the level of disability allowing sailors with different disabilities to sail together. The Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia MAPFRE, sponsored for fourth consecutive year by the leading Spanish insurance company, will have a racing area near Calanova for disabled sailing. Entries to the regatta are subject to the results of the national teams. The other classes will be distributed in seven racing areas in the bay of Palma.

The Consortium Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia, managing body of the regatta, will coordinate the participation of Paralympic sailing in this year's edition together with the Spanish Federation of sports for physically disabled athletes (Federación Española de Deportes de Discapacitados Físicos).

The Notice of Race of the 40 Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia MAPFRE will be posted shortly on the official regatta website. The event is organised by four Clubs of the bay of Palma (Club Nàutic S'Arenal, Real Club Náutico de Palma, Club Marítimo San Antonio de la Playa and Escuela Nacional de Vela Calanova), together with the Real Federación Española de Vela and the Federación Balear de Vela, with the Govern de les Illes Balears, the Consell de Mallorca and the city councils of Palma and Llucmajor.

ISAF Sailing World Cup

The ISAF Sailing World Cup 2008-2009 consists of the following events:

16-21 Dec 2008 - Sail Melbourne The Asia Pacific Regatta, Melbourne, Australia
25-31 Jan 2009 - Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, USA
4-10 April 2009 - Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE, Palma, Spain
18-24 April 2009 - Semaine Olympique Francaise, Hyeres, France
27-31 May 2009 - Delta Lloyd Regatta, Medemblik, Netherlands
20-29 June 2009 - Kieler Woche, Kiel, Germany
14-19 Sept 2009 - Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, Weymouth, Great Britain

Find out more about the ISAF Sailing World Cup, including more on the seven events, the latest World Cup Standings, the scoring system and the Notice of Series at www.sailing.org/isafsailingworldcup.

Neus Jordi
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