by Dana Paxton
Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta, April 4th to 9th.
The European season gets into full swing this week for the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) in Palma de Mallorca, Spain for the Princess Sofia Trophy, the third stop on the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Cup 2010-2011 series. Over 600 teams from 59 countries will compete in 10 Olympic and one Paralympic sailing class (2.4mR).
The regatta is an important qualifying event for the first of two selection events that will be used to select the 2012 Olympic Sailing Team. Photos, video interviews and reports from the racecourse will be posted on USSTAG’s Facebook and Twitter channels.
'After a long winter of specialized training and competition, including US Sailing’s Rolex Miami OCR in January, our top Olympic-class athletes are ready to go here in Palma,' said USSTAG’s High Performance Director/Head Coach Kenneth Andreasen (Tampa, Fla.), adding that the U.S. 2.4mR athletes will not compete in Palma and that competition in the Sonar and SKUD18 classes was cancelled. 'Our long term goal remains medals at the 2012 Olympic Games, and the European World Cup events get us one step closer to that goal. We are all looking forward to racing next week against the world’s best in each Olympic class.'
Racing starts Monday, April 4 and concludes with the medal race on Saturday, April 9 in nine of the 10 Olympic Classes. Women’s Match Racing consist of an opening series, a knockout series, and a sail-off for boats not advancing to the knockout series, with the final matches scheduled on Saturday, April 9.