For more than 50 years, the elite of Olympic sailing have been journeying to Hyères, the historic jewel of the French Riviera, at the end of April.
Good, reliable easter sea-breezes on the Bay of Palma allowed rapid progress to be made through an ambitious roster of Medal deciding contests as the record sized 52 Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mallorca Iberostar regatta reached a thrilling conclusion.
The Japanese team, Keiju Okada and Miho Yoshioka, have one hand on the gold medal after scoring a 3rd place in the last 470 Mixed gold fleet race.
With the 52 Trofeo Princesa Sofía Mallorca by Iberostar moving into the decisive Finals phase on the Bay of Palma, leading contenders today finally got their first real feel for how much the level has moved up since last season.
A day when the local Embat sea breeze came in on cue at 12-13kts allowed Mallorca’s showcase 52 Trofeo Princesa Sofia to complete qualifying series for all classes, allowing tomorrow’s Finals to be contested on schedule to decide who will compete in Saturday’s titles decider.
Italy's Marco Gradoni made competitive sailing history between 2017 and 2019 when he became the first athlete to win the Optimist World Championships three times in a row, achieving the worlds hat trick in Antigua where there was a record entry of 250 sailors from 65 nations. In 2019 he became the youngest ever winner of the Rolex Sailor of the Year at 15 years old.
Shifting wind directions and big changes of wind pressure again taxed competitors and race organisers alike as Mallorca’s giant 52 Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mallorca by Iberostar assumed its full size and shape when all ten Olympic classes took to the racing waters over the course of a very long day on the Bay of Palma.
The Notice of Race for the 2023 470 Class Open European Trophy & Master's Cup taking place in Bracciano, Italy from 1 to 5 August 2023 has been published.
The Notice of Race for the 2023 470/420 Class Eastern European Championship taking place in Nida, Lithuania from 21-24 August 2023 has been published.
No races for the 470 Mixed fleet.
After Mallorca had delivered more than two weeks of great winds and weather which were perfect for pre-regatta training, the 1259 athletes from 66 nations at the 52 Trofeo Princesa Sofia Olympic classes regatta had to endure an ultimately frustrating opening day of unsettled, changeable winds which badly affected the scheduled programme.