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1 - 6 April / Palma, Spain

2019 Princess Sofia Regatta

Day 5 Highlights

49er Results
49erFX Results
News
Photos
Videos
Notice Board
Event Overview
Press

Results via www.trofeoprincesasofia.org CLICK HERE

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The 2018 Vialmoura Grand Prix was the final regatta of note in 2018. With 102 boats competing in total from 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17, this location has supplanted the Palamos Christmas race as the winter destination of choice within Europe.

Denmark Dominates (Ida Nielsen, Marie Olsen, Jena Hansen (coach), Lin Cenholt, CP Lubeck, Iben Nielsby, Anne-Marie Schutt)left to right)

Denmark stole the show, taking Four of the Nine medals, including a medal in each class. Missing from the photo above are Jonas Warrer and Jacob Jensen who took Silver in the 49er.

That Denmark is the top nation while 2017 World Champion, Jena Hansen, isn’t even racing any more speaks to the depth and strength of this cohort of Danish sailing stars in their primes. This tight knit group have been pushing hard since their teenage years, but always having fun and working together.

Check out some of the high speed action from the water.

Some wild video of the windy racing in between Portugese reports.

The 49er regatta was the largest of the bunch. Diego Botin and Iago Mara took the win by 8 points. The duo didn’t qualify for Tokyo yet, caught up in the Spanish mass disqualification from day 1 of worlds for impeding a ferry, but are surely one of the overall favorites.

Veterans filled out the rest of the podium, with 2008 Olympic Champion, Jonas Warrer with new crew Jakob Jensen taking second, while Poland’s Lukasz and Powel came third.

The USA had a surprise top finish from Ian Barrows with Mitchell Kiss. The recently gradated Yale duo came 4th. Mitchell is new to 49er sailing, while Ian returns from a hiatus after failing to qualify in 2016. Their 4th place finish, 45 places higher than worlds, will surely give them hope for a chance at contender status as Toyko approaches. The USA also needs still to qualify for the Games.

Brits didn’t claim any medals, but did manage 5th or 6th place finishes in each fleet. Their overall results were hurt when two teams didn’t compete on the last day in order to return to the UK for the SPORTY awards show, a big deal in the UK. The Sophies were leading in the 49erFX at the time of their retirement from the regatta.

The fleet will return to Vilamoura for another Grand Prix in February, with the Miami World Cup in between.

Catch the results and photos on 49er Nacra 17

Day 5 Highlights

CLICK HERE for the Official Notice Board from Trofeo Princesa Sofía.

 

Notice Of Race

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Sailing Instructions

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The Olympic sailing world reconvenes next week on the Spanish island of Mallorca, where we will see over 1,200 athletes competing across the ten Olympic classes at the annual Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Iberostar regatta, this year celebrating its 50th anniversary. The Olympic regatta held on the Bay of Palma marks the beginning of the 2019 European season for the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra17. While this is not an Olympic selection regatta, the Trofeo Princesa Sofia is always an important event in every sailors calendar. Many teams will have been away from international competition since late in 2018, or in the past few months competed in only the Miami World Series event in light and tricky conditions. The Trofeo Princesa Sofia regatta is an early performance indicator for the season ahead, allowing teams to get back into Olympic level competition prior to the rigorous European schedule. This is made all the more important given many teams are pushing for national selection ahead the Tokyo 2020 games, to be sailed in Enoshima Japan in late July next year. Trofeo Princesa Sofia is an event that comes without the added pressure often associated with the World Series, European or World Championship events. Sailors and spectators can expect action packed class racing in one of the best sailing venues the world has to offer.