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4 April 2009, 09:53 pm
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE Brings The ISAF Sailing World Cup To Europe
Spain's Rafa ANDARIAS competes in the 2.4mR
Spain's Rafa ANDARIAS competes in the 2.4mR, the Paralympic Class making its debut at Palma this year

Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE 2009
Palma de Majorca, Spain

The 40th Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE, third event in the ISAF Sailing World Cup, is in full preparation with registration, measurement and last training sessions in the four venues across the bay of Palma.
The new status of the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE as an ISAF Sailing World Cup event has brought the event into a new dimension. Race management, media coverage and inclusion of the Paralympic classes are the direct results of such involvement.

"We are very happy to have the 2.4mR as part of the regatta for the first time, and hope they will be joined by the other Paralympics classes in future years", declared Jaume CARBONELL, event manager. "We have also given special care to the quality and experience of the Race Officials, including race officers, measurers and judges. This has greatly added to the budget but it is an area that needs the best competence to insure a successful event."

In order to maximise the worldwide coverage of the event, racing will be filmed daily to provide TV feeds. Sail TV will be involved again producing racing highlights accessible through the ISAF Sailing World Cup microsite at www.sailing.org/isafsailingworldcup.

The event website at www.trofeoprincesasofia-mapfre.org will again showcase the regatta live with mark rounding, OCS, top finishers…as well as audio and video interviews.

The 49ers and Finns will be equipped with tracking devices for the Medal Race. "This is the first time we are using this technology. We have restricted it to two classes but if the experience is conclusive we would like to extend it to all the events next year," explains CARBONELL.

The start of the European sailing season will not strain the sailors with light winds forecasted all week and expected to reach a maximum of 8 knots for the opening day. Racing will start at 14:00 on Sunday with two races scheduled in each class and three for the 49ers.

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.
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