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1 April 2010, 11:17 am
Close Battle For Medal Race Slots In Palma
470 fleet racing in Palma
470 fleet racing in Palma

Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE 2010
Palma de Mallorca, Spain

All classes sailed with two days remaining at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Palma.
Most classes were able to drop their worst result meaning the medal race slots are up for grabs.

The weather conditions divided the day into two halves. The morning began with a 15 knot north-westerly but it dropped causing a break in racing. The fleets were sent out again later in the afternoon to race in an 8 knot westerly.

Israeli team Gideon Kliger and Eran Sela celebrated Gideon's 30th birthday, taking the lead in Men's 470. "We had a bad start in the second race" said Eran, while Gideon added "It was the worst result possible crossing the finishing line in 34th position." But with their discard they open up a four point lead over the French pair Pierre Leboucher and Vincent Garos with the Australian's Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page back in the mix.

The leading team in the Women's 470 fleet are Giulia Conti and Giovanna Micol from Italy followed by French sailors, Ingrid Petitjean and Nadège Douroux who scored 1,2,2 in the days racing. Petitjean said "It was a good day of racing with interesting weather conditions, three races, three winds".

The French lead in the 49er class with Emmanuel Dyen and Stéphane Christidis taking a seven point advantage over the chasing British crews of Stephen Morrison and Ben Rhodes and Chris Draper and Peter Greenhalgh.

Spanish Finn sailor Rafa Trujillo keeps the lead after three intense races completed on Wednesday. Tied on points for second and third are Jonathan Lobert of France and Andrew Mills from Great Britain. Race wins went to Jonathan Lobert (FRA), Giorgio Poggi (ITA) and Ed Wright (GBR), with many sailors having a mixed day to keep the points very close at the top.

An outstanding day in the Laser class for Javier Hernandez (ESP) has him climbing to the top of the results board. Second place Croatian sailor Tonci Stipanovi? holds second with Nick Thompson (GBR) in third.

Czech Republic sailor Veronika Fenclová and Susana Romero Steensma from Spain keep their exciting battle for the lead in the Laser Radial fleet. Tina Mihelic from Croatia is five points adrift in third.

In the Men's RS:X class, Greek sailor Byron Kokalanis climbs to the top of the leader board after a second and third place in the day's races Shahar Zubari from Israel falls to second place followed closely by New Zealand sailor Tom Ashley

The European battle continues in the Women's RS:X class between Great Britain, France, Spain and Italy with Italian sailor Alessandra Sensini just one point in the lead followed by Britain's Bryony Shaw with Charline Picon from France and Laura Linares of Italy sharing third.

Italy also leads the Star fleet with team Diego Negri and Ferdinando Colaninno followed closely by Swiss sailors Flavio Flavio Marazzi and Enrico De Maria, Sweden's Fredrik Loof crewed by German sailor Alexander Schlonski are tied with equal points in third and fourth position.

The pairings for the quarter finals have been decided in the Women Match Racing event with Claire Leroy's team from France up against Nicky Souter's team from Australia; Silke Hahlbrock's team from Germany against Sally Barkow from the USA; Lotte Meldgaard pedersen's Danish team against Renee Groeneveld's Dutch team and Katie Spithill's team from Australia against Lucy Macgregor's British team.

The 41st Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE will be held in Mallorca from 27 March-2 April, organized by four clubs of the bay of Palma (Club Nàutic S'Arenal, Real Club Náutico de Palma, Club Marítimo San Antonio de la Playa and Escuela Nacional de Vela Calanova), as well as the Real Federación Española de Vela and the Federación Balear de Vela, together with the Govern de les Illes Balears, the Consell de Mallorca and Palma and Llucmajor city councils. The collaborators of the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre are the Consejo Superior de Deportes, the Federación Española de Deportes de Personas con Discapacidad Física, the Ports Authority, Ports de les Illes Balears, the coastal department of the Ministry of Environment and companies Ultramar Express and Acciona.

For more on the 41st Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE including the latest results visit www.trofeoprincesasofia-mapfre.org.

For the latest news, photos and videos, as well as Standings, event details and more, visit the ISAF Sailing World Cup website at www.sailing.org/worldcup.

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