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SUNSHINE AND FRESH BREEZES SET TO OPEN 53RD TROFEO PRINCESA SOFÍA MALLORCA BY IBEROSTAR ON MONDAY

30 Mar 2024
After nearly two week of strong winds and unruly seas which have prevailed for the hundreds of teams and Olympic classes sailors who have been training on Mallorca’s Bay of Palma, competitors at the 53 Trofeo Princesa Sofía Mallorca by Iberostar look set for a breezy, sunny opening day Monday before winds revert to early Spring thermal breezes.
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Strength and depth

The Mixed 470 sees the host nation’s favourites, recently crowned World Champions, Jordi Xammar and Nora Brugman back racing on the same Bay of Palma waters where they clinched their world title in very breezy conditions one month ago.
 
Olympic selection pressures are now relieved for the likes of the British duo Vita Heathcote and Chris Grube as world champs runners up, and France’s double Olympic bronze medallist Camille Lecointre and crew Jérémie Mion, the stress continues for those still chasing the golden ticket such as the top Japanese crews, 2023 world champions Keiju Okada and Miho Yoshioka and Tetsuya Isozaki and Yuri Seki – who led in the early stages of the world championships here – and more especially among Germany’s 470 squad which shows incredible strength and depth with 14 duos in Palma.
 
After the worlds Sofía is the second of Germany’s three selection events, ahead of the decisive European champs in Cannes.  Theirs is very much an empirical, first-past-the post system and with their fourth at the worlds Simon Diesch and Anna Markfort are clear ahead. But all three top German duos could be considered Olympic medal contenders, Luise Wanser and Philip Autenreith were 2022 world champions and Malte and Anastaysia Winkel already took silver at the Marseille test event last year.

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