sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Hotting up in Palma
Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Hotting up in Palma

'Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre 2012'    © Jesus Renedo / Sofia Mapfre    Click Here to view large photo

At the 43rd Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre Regatta, Ben Ainslie (GBR) will sail again the Medal race from an unbeatable position having already secured the title won last year. However, today could could have hurt his chances. Ainslie broke his boat before the start of race 9.

Ainslie explained. 'It was one of those crazy days and a really strange pre-start incident I think because of the big waves and trying to clear from another boat. I damaged my boat so there was no real chance of continuing in the race in that state so the best option was to come ashore and luckily there was a spare boat lying in the dinghy park so we just switched the rigs round, came back out and just had to try and get a reasonable race to get round the course.'

Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre 2012 -  MartinezStudio.es_©   Click Here to view large photo

A third place in the event last race was enough for Ainslie to keep his lead, 35 points from Railey.

Zach Railey is keeping his second position but the breezy conditions made the day for Chris Cook (CAN) who has climbed into third overall. With Gold already secured by Ainslie, the Silver is open to the top four and the bronze to the top eight.

Thierry Schmitter (NED) has successfully defended his title today after taking seven out of the ten races in the 2.4. This is the fourth time in a row that the past Olympic and World champion wins the Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre. However, this year the fleet was bigger and of high level despite Damien Seguin's absence. Helena Lucas (GBR) finishes second with Norwegian Bjornar Erikstad in third.

Thierry Schmitter summarises his week: 'Today, after 4 days, the wind and waves finally came through. It was a nice playground for spectacular 2.4mR sailing. And when I am enjoying the conditions, I am also able to win. This is what happened again today in the first race: my seventh first place in a series of 10 races. Quiet sovereign I would say. Even if the World champion, Damien Seguin (FRA) was not present, these results are encouraging for the coming months and the Paralympic regatta in Weymouth beginning of September. I am already looking forward to compete again in the 2.4mR in Hyères in three week’s time for the next stop of the ISAF World cup.'

The wind has waited until the fifth day of the Trofeo Sofia Mapfre to give sailors the opportunity to hike or stretch their legs on trapeze. This also means that the cards have been shuffled and new faces have appeared today at the front of the fleet.

Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre 2012 -  © Jesus Renedo - Sofia Mapfre   Click Here to view large photo

Last year winner Jo Aleh with Pollie Powrie (NZL) have welcomed the breeze and did make the most of it. The pair won easily the day's two races but this will not be enough to qualify the pair for the Medal race with a 14th overall position. 'It was good to stretch the legs today' said Powrie. 'It was good racing for us and more our conditions.'

Aleh and Powrie will sail the Spring Cup before heading home for the Worlds and Sail For Gold. 'There are lots of regattas and we need to plan our training as well. For us Palma is a good event to start with after our summer. There are always lots of teams to train with and race so for us it is a good event to come to.' added Aleh.

The lead in the women 470 have been changing daily throughout the week and it is now the turn of Japanese team of Ai Kondo and Wakako Tabata to take the yellow jersey: 'We are in good form and work well as a team. At the start of the regatta our mind was not into racing but now we are well into it. We got the Silver last year but we want to take Gold tomorrow.'

The medal race will decide the winner and the results are so tight that the top seven teams have a chance for Gold.

In the 470 Men, World 1 Belcher and Page (AUS) are continuing on their good form with two bullets in the breeze. 'These are more our type of conditions' explained Mat Belcher, 'We made some good decisions and took some good shifts but the Israeli were the fastest out there today.'

Gideon Kliger and Eran Sela (ISR) scored a second and a third place to keep second overall. Tomorrow's medal race will decide who from the Australians or the Israeli will take the title.

Simon Grotelueschen (GER) is taking the lead from Tom Burton (AUS) in the Laser. Gold will be settled tomorrow between the German and Olympic Champion Paul Goodison (GBR). Despite being the best in the Laser Gold fleet today with a second and a third; Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) didn't make it into the Medal race, in 11th position.

With high scores, the top ten in the Star class are very tight in points. The top seven can get a shot at the title after tomorrow's medal race. Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada will be starting from first place with Pepper/Turner (NZL) in second and Rohart/Ponsot (FRA) third. Early leaders Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson dropped down to fifth but only five points from first. The Star medal race will be one to watch for suspense and action.

Despite the pressure of their Olympic selection, Jonas Warrer and Soren Hansen (DEN) are conserving the lead in the 49er. The Beijing Olympic champion and crew cannot get worse than Silver in the Medal Race dominated by the French and British with three teams each.

In the Radial, Alicia Cebrian (ESP) gave all she had to protect her first place in today's strong conditions usually favoured by her opponents. Evi van Acker (BEL) and Marit Bouwmeester (NED) will start the Medal race in second and third. The top three only can claim the event.

Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre 2012 -  © Jesus Renedo - Sofia Mapfre   Click Here to view large photo

The Medal Races are scheduled from 11.30am to 2pm Saturday on two race courses: 49ers and Laser Radial will start at 11.30 am, followed by 470 Women and Laser at 12.20am, 470M and Stars at 1.10pm and finally the Finns at 2pm.

The Women Match racing will start at 10am.

A fresh 15-18 knots of sea breeze challenged the sailors for the penultimate day of women’s match racing at the 43rd Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia Mapfre.

Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) was the first to punch her ticket for the Finals when she dispatched of Olivia Price (AUS) 3-0 in the Semi Finals.

The other Semi Final was fought to a 'winner take all' 5thmatch. Tamara Echegoyen (ESP) received a penalty in the pre-start but lead all the way around the course. She tried to lure Claire Leroy(FRA) into an offsetting penalty at the finish, but Leroy escaped with a green flag and crossed the line first to advance to the Finals.

Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre 2012 -  © Jesus Renedo - Sofia Mapfre  

Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre 2012 -  © Jesus Renedo - Sofia Mapfre   Click Here to view large photo

Tomorrow will see Echegoyen and Price sail for the Bronze medal while Leroy and Tunnicliffe sail for the Gold.

Semi Finals:
SF1 – Leroy (FRA) defeats Echegoyen (ESP) 3 - 2
SF2 – Tunnicliffe (USA) defeats Price (AUS) 3 – 0

5-6:
Skudina (RUS) defeats Macgregor (GBR) 1 - 0

7-8:
Mulder (NED) defeats Barkow (USA) 1 - 0

5-8 Sail Offs:
1- Macgregor (GBR) defeats Barkow (USA) 1 - 0
2- Skudina (RUS) defeats Mulder (NED) 1 – 0

The Finals and Petit Finals are scheduled to begin at 1000 tomorrow.

Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre website


by Corinne Rolland-McKenzie

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=95762

5:33 PM Fri 6 Apr 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Related News Stories:

07 Apr 2012  Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Ainslie and Lucas claim gold
07 Apr 2012  Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Regatta day 5 images by Thom Touw
07 Apr 2012  Canada's Richard Clarke reports from World Sailing Cup - Lost mojo
06 Apr 2012  Tricky conditions in Palma for the Canadian Sailing Team
06 Apr 2012  Trofeo Princesa SAR Sofia Mapfre - Women's Match Racing day 5
05 Apr 2012  ISAF Sailing World Cup Spain - Australian sailors charging
05 Apr 2012  Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Ainslie tops fleet at halfway mark
04 Apr 2012  Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofía Mapfre Day 2 - Great racing!
03 Apr 2012  ISAF Sailing World Cup - Weir leads
03 Apr 2012  Trofeo Princess Sofia regatta day 1 for US Sailing Team + Videos
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

ISAF Olympic classes regatta Miami 2015 images provided by photographer Ingrid Abery. ... [more]  

ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Giles Scott (GBR) said last week that he hoped his unbeaten run would continue, and based on Monday’s form at the Sailing World Cup Miami, the 2014 World and European Finn Champion is giving it a pretty good shot ... [more]  

Team Alvimedica won a Leg 3 podium place in China after some of the closest racing ever seen in the history of the Volvo Ocean Race. The Turkish-American team protected their position in the final stretch to Sanya, carefully navigating a course peppered with fishing boats along the Vietnamese coast and across the South China Sea to cap off a well-sailed leg to clinch third. ... [more]  

The finish of Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race in Sanya, China just before noon on January 27, 2015 marked an unbelievable end to a magnificent leg for Dongfeng Race Team. After leading the fleet virtually all the way from Abu Dhabi to Sanya in China, over more than 5,000 miles of intense ocean racing, Dongfeng finally crossed the finish line in first place ... [more]  

Winner of Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race, Dongfeng, have released footage taken from a drone launched from the Volvo Ocean Race yacht, as she sails in light airs on the last days of Leg 3 of the race. It is believed to be the first time a drone, launched from a competitor, has been used in a major ocean race. ... [more]  

World sailing history was created earlier today when Dongfeng Race Team became the first Chinese yacht to have a win in a premier trans-ocean racing event. Her win was also a first in the 41-year history of the Volvo Ocean Race. At 1131hrs UTC the Chinese flagged entry emphatically won Leg 3 in their home port of Sanya to take the overall leadin the 40,000nm event with six stages to go. ... [more]  

On the morning of the 26th of January, the Maersk Line ship MV Stockholm delivered the Team Vestas Wind's damaged VO65 to the port in Genoa, Italy. From here she will be taken to the Persico building facilty where the rebuild of the wrecked boat will be undertaken. The team's goal is to rejoin the race in Lisbon, Portugal in June, 2015. ... [more]  

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is considering backing Sir Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup bid, in a move that would propel the fortunes of the Olympic gold medallist yet further. Sir Ben is believed to have asked the Virgin billionaire to consider backing the venture when he and his new wife, Georgie Thompson, spent time on Sir Richard’s Necker Island in January. ... [more]  

To the 91st 2015 Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race significant changes have been made in order to enhance the race experience, and by the looks of it, sailors are embracing them wholeheartedly. ... [more]  

Alpari World Match Racing Tour - Monsoon Cup preview by Alpari World Match Racing Tour
The final event of the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour, Monsoon Cup Malaysia, is to take place in its new home of Johor, the southernmost state of Malaysia, over 10th-14th February. In addition to being the grand finale of the Tour, the event will also see the 2014 ISAF Match Racing World Champion crowned. ... [more]  

In the Barcelona World Race the two lead boats are preparing for a gruelling 3,500-mile game of chase across the Southern Ocean, until the next natural gateway of the course, Cape Leeuwin in south-west Australia. ... [more]  

Quantum Key West Race Week provided the opportunity for the GC32s to make a spectacular debut in the USA. During the five days of racing held in balmy temperatures off the southernmost tip of Florida, crews experienced a range of conditions. ... [more]  

40 year old Charles Caudrelier the skipper of race leader Dongfeng was a major figure of the winning French team Groupama in 2011-12 . With the Dongfeng team now approaching Sanya, almost unstoppable, its worthwhile hearing from Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad who is hugely pleased with the current on water situation. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race. The northerly drag race continues, with the stable light wind forecast to drop slightly. The boats have all remained in position, if anything cementing their places with gaps between them increasing slightly through the night. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 - Sailing in a straight line was never supposed to be as tense as this. We’ve been pointing at Sanya for almost a day now and fortunately, Alvimedica, MAPFRE, and Brunel far enough back to not be in AIS range anymore. The problem is they’re not in AIS range anymore. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 - After what can only be described as a frustrating few days of wind and current conditions in the Malacca Strait, the shipping lanes we had to pass were a bit more entertaining as it was upwind which meant some tacking. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 3 Finish - Video - Delayed feed by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
Tune in here to see the finish of Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean race in Sanya. Will sailing history be made? Can Dongfeng become the first Chinese flagged yacht to win a Leg in a Round the World Race? ... [more]  

2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Bigger than ever in 2015, with an atmosphere crackling with adrenaline, the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, Presented by Sunbrella, was ground zero on Sunday as competitors from 63 countries made their final preparations. ... [more]  

The Chinese entry Dong looks set to create sailing sailing history when she finishes first on Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race, Sanya in two days time. Includes video Currently Dongfeng is 250 nm to the finish line in Sanya and the chasing pack with ADOR ahead in second place 55+ nm behind the Chinese team. ... [more]  

The first of the iconic Great Capes has been passed in the Barcelona World Race with Cheminées Poujoulat rounding the Cape of Good Hope earlier this morning. Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam passed 20°E around 400 miles south of Cape Agulhas – the southernmost tip of Africa – at 0935am (UTC) today and have begun the Indian Ocean leg of their race around Antarctica. ... [more]  

The Classic 18fters were racing again on Saturday on Sydney harbour. Michael Chittenden caught the action from a shore vantage point. ... [more]  

When race leader Dongfeng rounded Singapore 60+ nautical miles ahead of the chasing pack, it looked like the final 1200 miles of Leg three would be a procession but over the last day, the Volvo Ocean race leg from Abu Dhabi to Sanya China appears to have tightened incredibly. ... [more]  

US Sailing and Rolex USA announced last week that the 2014 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year is Stephanie Roble. Her accomplishments on the water last year were recognized by the selection panel for her versatility; her accomplishments as a skipper and as a crew; and her competitive successes on a variety of platforms, sailing against both men and women. ... [more]  

Barcelona World Race - The first of the Great Capes is fast-approaching, with the leading boats in the Barcelona World Race expected to pass the longitude of the Cape of Good Hope at the tip of South Africa tomorrow. As they pass 20°E, the Atlantic Ocean will deliver its verdict – did Cheminées Poujoulat’s east-bound track or Neutrogena’s southerly gamble pay off? ... [more]  

Mardi Gras may not be for another month but US Sailing’s National Sailing Programs Symposium (NSPS) kicked it off early for Oakcliff Sailing this year. This evening, Oakcliff received The Captain Joe Prosser Award, given to an organization that has made an exemplary contribution toward improving the quality and safety in the training or instruction of sailors. ... [more]  

The 35th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has already attracted entries from 20 different countries: Antigua, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Puerto Rico, Russia, St.Maarten, Uruguay, USA and the US Virgin Islands. ... [more]  

The world is watching. Can Dongfeng Race Team hold onto their 57 nautical miles lead to China for what will essentially be the ultimate home victory? Or will another team get desperate and make a bold decision that could cost Dongfeng their win? ... [more]  

Most of the marque classes at Quantum Key West Race Week 2015 came down to the last day of the regatta, which delivered the toughest conditions of the week. Howling winds and rough seas challenging the competitors on Friday, forcing the top contenders to raise their game in order to claim overall victory. ... [more]  

Barcelona World Race - Sport met science today on the Barcelona World Race when the pairs of skippers took the first opportunity to deploy their data monitoring Argo beacon which was given to them in Bareclona prior to the start. ... [more]  

2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - It really wasn’t our week. Two races were held today in very nice conditions and we finished third in both. Bella Mente won both races to win the class. ... [more]  

The Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series, incorporating three days of coastal racing and the Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race concluded last night at a sumptuous, Mount Gay Rum-fuelled prizegiving dinner and party. The final 300-mile Ocean Race to Antigua to tie up with the Superyacht Cup starts on Saturday. ... [more]  

Photographer Ingrid Abery was on the water again today at 2015 Quantum Key West Race Week, and provided this gallery of images from day five ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2015 - With a solid 17-20 knots from the north east, reducing the possibility of a distance sapping park up, the likehood of the Leg three leader the Chinese boat Dongfeng getting the gun in Sanya just 640 nautical miles ahead continues to strengthen. ... [more]  

ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Notice Of Race online
Currently doing scheduled maintenance.
Volvo Ocean Race: Changes to Team Vestas Wind crew
McDougall+McConaghy Moth Worlds: Highlight video released
America's Cup: Oracle crew mate lodges complaint against Tienpont
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 4 images by Ingrid Abery
2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - US Sailing Team preview
Quantum Key West Race Week 2015 - A great day
Volvo Ocean Race: Jump seat and Pro-Am race spots up for auction
Lauderdale Olympic Classes Regatta overall
Volvo Ocean Race - Dongfeng? Race Team suffer? damage
America's Cup: Italy to host first America's Cup World Series regatta
Breeze and Sunshine at Quantum Key West Race Week
Images of the Millennium Cup and Bay of Islands Sailing Week - Day 1:
2015 Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race – Three records broken
St.Maarten Heineken Regatta - Simplified logistics and fun themes
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 3 images by Ingrid Abery
Millennium Cup: Racing in the picturesque Bay of Islands
Volvo Ocean Race - Up up and away
Barcelona World Race - 'Haves' and 'Have Nots'
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 update from Jack Bouttell onboard Dongfeng   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Game time!   
Extreme Sailing Series™ 2015 – Ninth year ready to rock!   
Foiling GC32s Key West Race Week images by Ingrid Abery   
Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race - Crews prepare for big race   
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 2   
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - A challenging day   
America's Cup: Spithill leads Oracle reconnaissance team in Bermuda   
Extreme Sailing Series announces new teams and venues for 2015   
Barcelona World Race - Leaders enter the fastest section of the course   
Martinique Surf Pro - Must attend event in the world surfing circuit   
New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup preview   
RORC Caribbean 600 proving irresistible   
18ft Skiffs: Images from NSW Championships - Race 2   
Volvo Ocean Race – Malacca Nightmare – now it’s a boat race again!!   
2015 Annapolis to Newport Race - Battle for Surflant Prize   
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Off to a great start   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica - Enter the Dragon + Video   
Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series - Day 3   
World Match Racing Tour's title sponsor goes into administration   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT