THE CREAM RISES AS FINALS RACING STARTS AT THE TROFEO PRINCESA SOFIA06 Apr 2023
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.
Gold fleet racing is always the real acid test. Leads earned through the initial Qualifying heats often prove transient when it is only the cream of each fleet battling it out for places in Saturday’s Medal races.
Japan top the 470 Mixed table with Keiju Okada and Miho Yoshioka after having a consistent day while Spain’s class winners last year Jordi Xammar and Nora Brugman advanced to third.
2020 Olympic bronze winner Xammar acknowledged, “We are climbing the table bit by bit. We knew that the Finals were the start of a new championship. Today was a key day with three gold group races, we went out on the water trying to do our best. We are sailing focused on ourselves: we know that if we do our job well, we will be in front".
Finals racing concludes Friday, Medal races are on Saturday.
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.