Almost 150 International Olympic Teams Train in The Bay of Palma for the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia - Mapfre
The Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia – Mapfre will be held from 31 March to 6 April and will welcome to the Bay of Palma around 1,700 competitors and over 1,000 boats representing twelve classes (eleven Olympic classes and the Dragon as invited class). These classes will be distributed in eight racing areas and four Clubs (Club Nàutic s’Arenal, Club Marítimo San Antonio de la Playa, Real Club Náutico de Palma and Escuela de Vela Calanova). The 38th edition of the regatta will also be the Tornado Class European Championships.
Almost 150 teams from 21 nations area already training in the Bay of Palma for the coming edition of the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia - Mapfre. The larger fleet-almost 100 boats of classes 470, Laser, 49er, Yngling and Tornado- are based at Club Nàutic S’Arenal.
Many Olympic teams from Europe have chosen the Bay of Palma to train (Great Britain -no 1 in sailing-, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Russia…) and also the USA, New Zealand and South Africa, among others.
With so many sailors, Club Nàutic s’Arenal has decided to organise during the first week of March the “Arenal Training Camps Trophy”, a training regatta that will also be the Tornado Spanish national championship and in which around 20 boats are expected.
More than 500 entries have already been received for the 38 Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia – Mapfre. Classes Laser Standard, Laser Radial and Neil Pryde RS:X M & W change their venue this year. The Laser and Laser radial will be based at Club Marítimo San Antonio de la Playa while the sailboards will be at Escuela Nacional de Vela Calanova.
ISAF World Cup Series
Invited by ISAF, the Organisation of the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia – Mapfre went to Southampton to present the regatta and define the details of the World Cup Series. In the meantime, in the Bay of Palma over 150 teams from 21 nations are already training, all of them members of Olympic teams, in preparation for one of the best known Olympic classes regattas of the world and with a very high participation. The event to be held this year from 31 March to 6 April expects to beat all records.
The six regattas to be part of the World Cup Series (WCS),the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia – Mapfre among them, were invited by the ISAF to Southampton, in order to define some details of this new Olympic classes circuit. The Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia – Mapfre drew high attention being a very well known regatta with very high participation.
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) will own the rights of this WCS and the circuit’s official title will be ISAF World Cup Series.
Following the ATP model
The WCS will have a similar format to that of the tennis ATP and will be held in the following order: Melbourne regatta in January; Miami in February; Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia – Mapfre de Palma de Mallorca at the end of March beginning of April; Hyères at the end of April and Holland regatta in May. The circuit will finish in Kiel in June.
The ISAF Executive Committee will meet mid May and decide the final format of the competition as well as the 2008 regatta dates. The circuit will be officially ratified in November.
The 38th Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia is sponsored for second consecutive year by Mapfre and is organised by the Federación Balear de Vela, Real Federación Española de Vela, Real Club Náutico de Palma, Club Nàutic s'Arenal, Club Marítimo San Antonio de la Playa and Escuela de Vela Calanova. The collaborators are Govern de les Illes Balears, Palma City Council, Llucmajor City Council, s’Institut de Serveis Socials i Esportius de Mallorca, Acciona Trasmediterránea and Ultramar.