A VITAL OLYMPIC SEASON ABOUT TO START IN PALMA01 Apr 2023
A vital season of Olympic sailing competition is about to begin in Palma, Mallorca.
Taking place from 1 to 8 April, the 52 Trofeo Princesa Sofía Mallorca by Iberostar is bringing together more than 1,300 of the most accomplished sailing athletes from every corner of the world to compete at the first of two World Cup Series regattas of the 2023 season.
- First of two World Cup Series regattas in the 2023 season
- More than 1,300 sailors, 1,000 boats and boards, representing 67 nations
- For some competitors, Palma is a vital qualifier for Olympic selection
- Many Olympic Champions competing, including Santiago Lange, aged 61
Organised jointly by Club Nàutic S’Arenal, Club Marítimo San Antonio de la Playa and Real Club Náutico de Palma, the 52 Trofeo Princesa Sofía Mallorca by Iberostar is widely recognised as one of the most professionally organised events on the Olympic sailing circuit.
Ferrán Muniesa, technical director of the 52 Trofeo Princesa Sofía Mallorca by Iberostar, described the importance of the final year before the Paris 2024 Games. “In this edition there is a lot of pressure, as it is well known that it is more difficult to get a selection place for a country than it is to participate in Paris 2024. This pressure is reflected in the numbers of the event, which for the first time will exceed 1,000 boats, with more than 1,300 sailors from 67 countries.”
Previously men and women competed in separate doublehanded 470 dinghy events. For Paris 2024, the men and women sail together in 470 Mixed, and it has been interesting to observe the changing dynamics in the boat park over the past year. Last year’s winners in Palma, Jordi Xammar and Nora Brugman (ESP), were the most consistent performers at major regattas in 2022, taking silver medals at the World and European Championships. Winners of the Europeans, Anton Dahlberg and Lovisa Karlsson (SWE), and winners of the world title, Luise Wanser and Philipp Autenrieth (GER), will be among the front runners. Double Olympic medallist Camille Lecointre (FRA) is looking very fast with former world champion Jeremie Mion on trapeze, and it will be interesting to see how the new American pairing of Olympic veterans, Stu McNay and Lara Dallman-Weiss (USA) fare against the more practised teams.
Source: World Sailing