Whilst there was good racing in the Stars, the light winds in Palma put paid to much of the schedule, with no racing at all in the Finn, Women's 470 and Men's and Women's RS:X.
The Star class, based in Club Nàutic S'Arenal, sailed two races in good wind conditions in the racing area of Cap d'Enderrocat. World #1 crew PEPPER and NICHOL started well with a victory in the first race and a fifth in the second.
'It was great to win the first race in the Beijing type conditions," said PEPPER . "We didn't have a great start but had a good first beat and led comfortably for the rest of the race."
However, former #1s SCHEIDT and PRADA were more consistent than the Kiwis with two second places that take them to the top of the overall standings. PEPPER and GILES lie in second, with Mateusz KUSZNIEREWICZ and Tomasz HOLC (POL) third.
After one race in each of the three 49er groups, European Champions Stevie MORRISON and Ben RHODES (GBR) share first place in the 80-strong fleet with Federico ALONSO and Arturo ALONSO (ESP) and Peter HANSEN and Soren HANSEN (DEN). Likewise victories in the Laser Radial fleet, sailing out of Club Marítimo San Antonio de la Playa, put Fatima REYES (ESP) and Krystal WEIR (AUS) joint top overall.
With 138 entries the Laser fleet based at Club Marítimo San Antonio de la Playa is the biggest in Palma. Bernard LUTTMER (CAN) ties Christoph BOTTONI (SUI) for the lead, followed by Julio ALSOGARAY (ARG) and Gianpiero MENZA (ITA).
|The Tornado fleet began their
European Championship with
one race on Sunday
© Ruben Ballester/
Only one race was sailed in the Tornado class, contesting their European Championship at Club Nàutic S'Arenal. Olivier BACKES and Paul-Ambroise SEVESTRE (FRA) took the bullet ahead of Leigh MCMILLAN and Will HOWDEN (GBR), with third to Andrey KIRILYUK and Valery USHKOV (RUS). Race 2 was started but abandoned after the wid died, leaving world #2 crew and home hopes Fernando ECHAVARRI and Anton PAZ (ESP) tenth overall.
Only one of the three Men's 470 groups managed to complete a race so there are no overall results. The remaining classes could not sail today due to the changeable, light wind conditions in their respective racing areas.
Two races are scheduled tomorrow for all classes with the warning signal scheduled at 12:00. The Dragon class will begin racing tomorrow.
The 38 Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia - Mapfre is sponsored for second consecutive year by Mapfre and is organized by the Federación Balear de Vela, Real Federación Española de Vela, Real Club Náutico de Palma, Club Nàutic S'Arenal, Club Marítimo San Antonio de la Playa and Escuela Nacional de Vela Calanova. The collaborators are Govern de les Illes Balears, Palma City Council, Llucmajor City Council, s'Institut de Serveis Socials i Esportius de Mallorca, Trasmediterránea Acciona and Ultramar.
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