KEIJI OKADA / MIHO YOSHIOKA (JPN) WIN 52 TROFEO PRINCESA SOFIA08 Apr 2023
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.
Japan shines in the 470
Although Keiji Okada and Miho Yoshioka (JPN) struggled in the Medal Race, their points gap from the Gold Fleet racing was sufficient for the Japanese to win the 470 Mixed gold medal. “We had very different conditions this week,” said Okada. “So I’m very happy to win. Palma is such a beautiful place and we have enjoyed our time here. Now we keep pushing, keep training and on to the next races in Europe.” Winning the Medal Race was good enough for reigning World Champions Luise Wanser & Philipp Autenrieth (GER) to rise to silver medal position, knocking down last year’s Palma winners, Jordi Xammar and Nora Brugman (ESP), to the bronze medal.
The 52 Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mallorca Iberostar is the first of the four Sailing World Cup Events of 2023. At 16 months before the opening of the 2024 Paris Olympics it attracted a record entry of 976 teams and 1259 sailors from 66 countries (503 women, 760 men) in ten Olympic classes + ORC and OD classes who competed the previous weekend. The huge event was contested over six days of racing on 8 racing areas and is managed between the three yacht clubs. This week saw winds from 5kts to one day of the pure Embat seabreeze which reached 20kts on Wednesday. Sustainability is a major focus for the event through collaborations with Trueworld, Iberostar Wave of Change and Vell Marí.
The next 2023 WSC event - French Olympic Week, Hyeres (22-29 April).
The 52 Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía Mallorca by Iberostar is the first qualifying event for the Sailing World Cup 2023 and will be held from 29 March to 8 April under the joint organisation of the Club Nàutic S'Arenal, the Club Marítimo San Antonio de la Playa, the Real Club Náutico de Palma, the Real Federación Española de Vela and the Federación Balear de Vela, with the backing of World Sailing and the main Balearic public institutions. It is funded by the European Union Next Generation EU, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan and the Balearic Islands Tourism Strategy Agency.