Light Conditions Dominate Racing In Palma

Mars 30, 2010 @ 19:23:02   Foto ©Ruben Ballester


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Another long day on the water with light and shifty conditions kept most classes out until dusk at the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía Mapfre on the bay of Palma.

After four races in the 470 Men’s class, Panagiotis Kambouridis and Gerasimos Orologas (GRE) take the overall lead with a win and a fifth opening up a two point gap over Croatian’s current World Champion duo Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic and Swedish crew Anton Dahlberg and Sebastian Östling both tied with 15 points.

Brazil’s Fernanda Oliveira and Ana Luiza Barbachan sailed two solid races in the 470 Women's fleet to establish a six point overall lead after four races from Spain’s Marina Gallego and Julia Rita Roman. Italian's Giulia Conti and Giovanna Micol dropped to third whilst reigning World Champions Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout had a bad day falling to seventeenth overall.

Having sailed six races the two 49er fleets could drop their worst result. The two Skandia Team GBR teams of Stephen Morrison and Ben Rhodes and Chris Draper and Peter Greenhalgh scored top four placing’s in their respective fleets to share the overall lead with the French team of Emmanuel Dyen and Stéphane Christidis all sharing 12 points overall.

Rafa Trujillo (ESP) the Spanish sliver medalist from 2004 and 2007 World Champion sits on top of the 53 boat Finn fleet after their first day of racing. The first race of the day raced in 8-10 knots, was won by Gasper Vincec (SLO), followed by Trujillo and then Giles Scott (GBR) in third. The conditions worsened for the second race with a very shifty breeze that decreased substantially during the race. The second race was won by the 2009 European Champion Ivan Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO). Second placed Giorgio Poggi (ITA) had a shock after the finish as he was scored OCS, which elevated Peer Moberg (NOR) to second and Trujillo to third.

Trujillo said, “This is only the first day of racing and I am pleased to have started well, but what matters is the result at the end of the week. I have a lot to work on this week. I did make some mistakes today and I have learnt from them and I will keep focusing on improving.” 

In the Laser class consistent results of a seventh and second by Croatian, Tonci Stipanovi? allowed him to open a comfortable lead over Austrian Andreas Geritzer with Russian Maxim Semerkhanov and USA’s Clay Johnson sharing 31 points in third. With four races completed in the Laser Radials, Veronika Fenclová (CZE) has opened out an early lead with 11 points. Romero Steensma (ESP) is second and Croatia’s Tina Mihelic remaining in third.

Swiss pair Flavio Marazzi and Enrico De maria continue to lead in the Stars but just by one point from Italian’s Diego and Colaninho with Norway’s Eivind Melleby and Petter Morland in third.

In Group C Denmark’s Christian Meldgaard and her crew are the only team to maintain a 100% success rate with seven wins in seven rounds in the Women’s Match Racing event. In Group A GBR’s Lucy Lucy Macgregor and Sally Barkow of USA have 6 wins out of 7 races as does Claire Leroy of France and Renee Groeneveld of the Netherlands.

2008 Olympic Bronze medallist GBR’s Bryony Shaw rose to the top of the women’s RS:X fleet with consistent results including a bullet in the final race of the day. She leads Italy’s Laura Linares and Spain’s Marina Alabau by four points overall. Israels Shahar Zubari counts an impressive three bullets and a ninth to share the lead with Fabian Heidegger of Italy with Tom Ashley of New Zealand in third in the men’s fleet.

The forecast for racing on Tuesday is for 25-30 knots which could prove to be another long day for the organizers.

The 41st Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE will be held in Mallorca from 27 March-2 April, organized by four clubs of the bay of Palma (Club Nàutic S’Arenal, Real Club Náutico de Palma, Club Marítimo San Antonio de la Playa and Escuela Nacional de Vela Calanova), as well as the Real Federación Española de Vela and the Federación Balear de Vela, together with the Govern de les Illes Balears, the Consell de Mallorca and Palma and Llucmajor city councils. The collaborators of the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre are the Consejo Superior de Deportes, the Federación Española de Deportes de Personas con Discapacidad Física, the Ports Authority, Ports de les Illes Balears, the coastal department of the Ministry of Environment and companies Ultramar Express and Acciona.


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