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7 April 2009, 10:38 pm
Patience Tested On Third Day At Palma
Italian brothers Pietro and Gianfranco SIBELLO
Italian brothers Pietro and Gianfranco SIBELLO lead in the 49er fleet

Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE 2009
Palma de Majorca, Spain

The third day of racing at the Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE in Palma, third event in the ISAF Sailing World Cup, tested the patience of sailors and race officials with low clouds and rain delaying the expected wind.
The 49ers finally caught up on their sixth race after three attempts and a one hour wait under the rain. The 49er Race Official, Rafael SERRANO or more well-known as "Lucky" started the race twice but unsatisfied with the conditions, didn't think twice and cancelled it, waiting for better and fairer conditions to race. The third start for the sixth race for the yellow group was given after 16:00 in light but more constant winds, bringing the two groups up to the same number of races.

The SIBELLO brothers, Pietro SIBELLO and Gianfranco SIBELLO, (ITA) claimed their fourth win today, and remain undefeated since the start of the regatta. The British team of John PINK and Rick PEACOCK moved into second overall after scoring two points in their sixth race sailed on Monday. They are the first of four British teams among the top eight.

After waiting a shore and then on the water under the rain, the other classes came back to shore at 16:00. They are expecting more suitable conditions for Wednesday when the Mistral from the northwest is expected to provide some good sailing with average winds and small chops.

Back to the Yacht Club Sylvia VOGL and Carolina FLATSCHER (AUT), leaders in the Women's 470 fleet, commented their promising first days in Palma. "We have enjoyed these typical Palma conditions with nice waves and predictable wind directions." The Austrian duo has been training intensively for the last six years leading to the Olympic Games and Palma has been one of their regular training spot, holding no more secret! "This is the seventh time we come to the Princesa Sofia regatta, we won the event in 2005 so we like very much to come and race here."

VOGL and FLATSCHER have especially enjoyed the lighter conditions but are well aware that the French team of Ingrid PETITJEAN and Nadège DOUROUX are a real threat. "They are really good in the breeze, but even with light wind they had good results, so if the wind increase in the next days, they will be hard to beat."

Tomorrow, the classes divided in groups, Laser, RS:X and Men's 470 and 49er, will sail the final stages in gold and silver fleets. The other classes will continue racing with the whole fleet.

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.

Corinne Rolland-McKenzie
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