Another long day on the water with light and shifty conditions kept most classes on the water until dusk at the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía Mapfre on the bay of Palma.
After four races in the 470 Men's class, Panagotis KAMBOURIDIS and Gerasimos OROLOGAS (GRE) take the overall lead with a win and a fifth taking a two point lead over Croatian's current World Champion duo Sime FANTELA and Igor MARENIC and Swedish duo Anton DAHLBERG and Sebastian ÖSTLING, both tied with 15 points.
Brazilian's Fernanda OLIVEIRA and Ana LUISA BARBACHAN sailed two solid races in the 470 Womens fleet to establish a six point overall lead after 4 races from Spain's Marina Gallego and Julia Rita Roman. Italians Giulia Conti and Giovanna Micol dropped to third whilst reigning World Champions Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout had a bad day dropping to seventeenth overall.
Having sailed six races the two 49er fleets could drop their worst result. The two Skandia Team GBR teams of Morrison and Rhodes and Draper and Greenhalgh scored top four placing's in their respective fleets to share the overall lead with the French team of Dyen and Christidis all sharing 12 points overall.
Rafael Trujillo (ESP) the Spanish sliver medalist from 2004 and 2007 World Champion sits on top of the 53 boat Finn fleet after their first day of racing. The first race of the day raced in 8-10 knots, was won by Gasper Vincec (SLO), followed by Trujillo and then Giles Scott (GBR) in third. The conditions worsened for the second race with a very shifty breeze that decreased substantially during the race. The second race was won by the 2009 European Champion Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO). Second placed Giorgio Poggi (ITA) had a shock after the finish as he was scored OCS, which elevated Peer Moberg (NOR) to second and Trujillo to third.
Trujillo said, "This is only the first day of racing and I am pleased to have started well, but what matters is the result at the end of the week. I have a lot to work on this week. I did make some mistakes today and I have learnt from them and I will keep focusing on improving."
In the Laser class consistent results of a seventh and second by Croatian, Stipanovic allowed him to open a comfortable lead over Austrian Geritzer with Russian Semerkhanov and USA's Johnson sharing 31 points in third. With four races completed in the Laser Radials, Veronika Fenclova (CZE) has opened out an early lead with 11 points. Romero Steensma (ESP) is second and Croatia's Mihelic remaining in third.
Swiss pair Marazzi and De Maria continue to lead in the Stars but just by one point from Italian's Diego and Colaninho with Norway's Melleby and Morland in third.
In Group C Denmark's Meldgaard are the only team to maintain a 100% success rate with seven wins in seven rounds in the Women's Match Racing event. In Group A GBR's Lucy Macgregor and Sally Barkow of USA have 6 wins out of 7 races as do Leroy of France and Groeneveld of NED.
2008 Olympic Bronze medallist GBR's Bryony Shaw rose to the top of the women's RS:X fleet with consistent results including a bullet in the final race of the day. She leads Italy's Linares and Spain's Alabau by four points overall. Israels Zubari counts an impressive three bullets and a ninth to share the lead with Heidegger of Italy with Ashley of New Zealand in third in the men's fleet.
The forecast for racing on Tuesday is for 25-30 knots which could prove to be another long day for the organizers.
The overall results show some familiar names in the top five in most classes but there are some surprises. A clear example is found in the 470 men, with 93 boats divided in two groups. Stuart Mcnay and Graham Biehl (USA) lead the men's 470 tied with the Australian team of Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page with win apiece. Mcnay commented, "the good wind and the fast decision making of the Race Committee when changing the racing area have been key factors to their victory".
His crew Graham Biehl pointed out that "this is a test event for them" because their goal is to improve their technique on the water. Lucas Calabrese and Juan De la fuente (ARG) finished third in the class and second in their group. "Right now being third is not too important" pointed out Calabrese explaining that there are still many days of racing ahead. Notwithstanding, both are satisfied with the good results after adapting to today's wind conditions that were favourable to them. Calabrese, has also praised the Race Committee for the decisions made on the water.
In Women's 470, the day's winners were Giulia Conti and Giovanna Micol. Despite a poor first start, the team were able to climb up to seventh place and regain enough confidence to end up winning the second. MARINA Gallego and Julia Rita Roman (ESP) lie in second place ahead of 2009 World Champions Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout (NED) who finished fifth in both races.
The 49ers kicked off their regatta with two races and a strong start was seen by Emmanuel Dyen and Stéphane Christidis (FRA) who followed up their bullet in the first race with a second in race two. Behind them it is the British teams who dominate the leaderboard. The 2008 Olympic representatives Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes finished both of their races second to sit second overall ahead of Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign in third and their Skandia Team GBR team mates, Chris Draperand Peter Greenhalgh in fourth.
The 131 boat Laser fleet also completed two races today and it's Croatia's Tonci Stipanovic who leads after finished third in both races. The winner of the first race in the blue fleet was Maxim Semerkhanov (RUS) and he lies second overall tied with Spanish sailor Javier Hernandez. 2008-09 ISAF Sailing World Cup champion Nick Thompson (GBR) had a solid start and lies in fifth overall.
In the Star fleet it is the silver medallists from the 2010 Star Worlds who leads after two races. Flavio Marazzi and Enrico De maria (SUI) finished second in both races today to lead by five points ahead of Eivind Melleby and Petter Morland Pedersen (NOR). With nine boats scored OCS in race two, including multiple world champions Fredrik Loof (SWE) and Xavier Rohart (FRA) and the 2008 Tornado Olympic gold medallist Fernando EchÁvarri this will be a fleet to watch as this regatta progresses.
In the men's RS:X fleet the 2008 Olympic results are currently reversed with bronze medallist Shahar Zubari (ISR) leading overall with two bullets whilst gold medallist Tom Ashley (NZL) lies third. Separating the two is Fabian Heidegger (ITA). There is Italian success in the women's fleet too with multiple Youth Worlds medallist Laura Linares leading overall. Charline Picon (FRA) lies second one point ahead of 2009 World Champion Marina Alabau (ESP).
The big surprise in the Laser Radial fleet is the # 1 position for ISAF Sailing World Cup newcomer Marketa Audyova (CZE), the silver medallists from the 2009 ISAF Youth Worlds. With just one race sailed, second overall is Spanish sailor Patricia Coro with Tina Mihelic (CRO) in third.
The Eliott 6Metre mades it's Palma debut today with three groups making a start to their round robin series. Seven teams finished the day with a 100% success rate including defending ISAF Sailing World Cup champion Lucy Macgregor multiple world champion Claire Leroy, 2009 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) and fresh from competing at the Congressional Cup, Sally Barkow (USA).
The action continues tomorrow.
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.
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