Sponsored for a second consecutive year by insurance company MAPFRE, the Princess Sofia Trophy takes places from 30 March-6 April, with racing starting tomorrow. Record numbers are in Palma this year: around 1,000 boats, 1,600 competitors and 52 nations have entered, a considerable increase on 2006 (852 boats, 1,350 competitors and 38 nations). The numbers have swollen as the competition in the Olympic Classes moves up another gear in this pre-Olympic year and the build up to the ISAF Sailing World Championships, and also thanks to the Princess Sofia Trophy being named as one of six regattas to feature in the ISAF World Cup.
World #1s Line Up
With so many sailors, the competition in Palma will be tougher than ever this year, with the all the world #1s in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings set to line up. Even the class with the smallest entry list, the Yngling, features no less than five gold medallists from the Athens Olympic Games.
Along with the 11 Olympic Classes, the Dragon, which competed at the very first Princess Sofia Trophy, is an invited class in the 38th edition. The 12 classes will be distributed in eight racing areas, one more than last year.
Again the classes are distributed in four clubs of the Bay of Palma: Club Nàutic S'Arenal (Finn, Men's and Women's 470 M, Tornado, 49er and Star), Club Marítimo San Antonio de la Playa (Laser and Laser Radial), Real Club Náutico de Palma (Dragon and Yngling) and Escuela Nacional de Vela Calanova (Men's and Women's RS:X).
For the Tornado class this year's regatta in Palma is also their ISAF Grade C1 European Championship, while for the classes RS:X, 49er, 470 and Yngling it is the Copa de España - a trial event for the selection of the Spanish Olympic team.
Following the traditional Palma regatta, the Transbunker Dragon Gold Cup (from 5-14 April in Real Club Náutico de Palma) and the ISAF Grade C1 Star Eastern Hemisphere Championship (from 10-17 April in Club Nàutic S'Arenal) will be held in Majorca.
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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