The 42nd Semaine Olympique Française "SOF" is ready to welcome 716 sailing teams (1012 athletes) from 58 countries for the fourth leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, from the 24 to 30 April in Hyères.
The French national sailing team, which had excellent results at the Trofeo Princesa Sofia -Mapfre event in Palma, presents a strong contingent. The French Technical Director, Philippe Gouard has asked his team to be ready to show their full potential, so for the first time all four French Olympic medallists will be racing at the same event.
The popularity of the Hyères ISAF Sailng World Cup event means that some entry restrictions have been applied for the Laser and Women's Match Racing. "We had to apply the SWC rule to accept entries up to the allowed quota",
explained Event manager Bernard Bonneau, also happy with the high level of competition. "With over 33 Olympic medallists and many World champions, the world sailing elite will be on the starting line."
For the second consecutive year, Toulon Provence Méditerranée "TPM" will be the event's major partner. "Without TPM, the 42nd SOF would have been under threat, especially in this period of economic crisis"
confides Bernard Bonneau. "TPM brings not only financial support but also logistics, great connections and also important facilities like the spectators boats to bring the racing to the public."
The President of the "Communauté d'Agglomération Toulon Provence Méditerranée", Mr Hubert Falco is proud to welcome such a prestigious event in his area. He announced the event as a "real opportunity offered by the SOF for the sailing youth of TPM to meet the sport's elite during this international competition."
This new regatta partner is joining long time sponsor, the city of Hyères, which continues to dedicate significant human resources to the organization of this great event.
Find out more at the event website http://sof.ffvoile.net
and at www.sailing.org/worldcup