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Under sunny skies - Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre 2013
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Excellent weather for the start of the Olympic class regatta season in Europe at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma, here in Mallorca. The weather has been kind. There has been some postponed starts but it is a beautiful day here this Friday in Palma.


The fleet is impressive in total numbers but it mustn’t be forgotten that back in 2009, before the global financial crisis had really deepened, the numbers were much greater at this regatta.

For this Sailing World Cup event, we have another experimental format. Antonio Gonzalez de la Madrid, the Sailing World Cup Manager, says ISAF is looking feedback. Feedback they are obviously going to get.

44 TROFEO S.A.R. Princesa Sofia Mapfre, day 4 - Laser Radial; UKR-196960; 29; Sofiia Larycheva
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Sail-World has been hard pressed to find anybody who actually likes the format amongst the coaches and sailors.
With Australian supercoach Victor Kovelenko blasting it and Wil van Bladel , the Belgian Laser Radial coach dryly commenting that it was not exactly motivating for the top sailors.

What the new format has done is to effectively shorten up the regatta and increase the level of chance over the last few days.

44 TROFEO S.A.R. Princesa Sofia Mapfre, day 4 - Laser Standard; ESP-185048; 101; Carlos Rosell
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A number of the top Laser Standard contenders commented today the effect has been not to reward consistency but to ensure that the final one day would be a very close event and the winning of the whole regatta would depend on who sailed well on the final day.

If that’s what the World cup organisers and ISAF see as the way forward…. After all, follow that route with a 35 boat Olympic fleet and you could wrap up the racing in just two days. perhaps it needs a little rethinking

We will leave you to read more on this and other events in your own time.