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15 US Sailing Team & ODP athletes set for 51st Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía in Palma De Mallorca

by US Sailing Team 3 Apr 14:49 PDT 4-9 April 2022
US Sailing Team - 51st Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía © US Sailing Team

1,093 competitors making up 843 boats and representing 62 nations have set up camp in Palma de Mallorca for the largest Olympic class regatta since the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Part of the Hempel World Cup Series, the popular Princesa Sofía regatta is back after a two-year break due to Covid-19, and the boat park is buzzing with excitement for the first of two regattas this year that gathers all Olympic class boats in one place.

US Sailing Team

  • Ian Barrows / Hans Henken, 49er
  • Andrew Mollerus / Ian MacDiarmid, 49er
  • Daniela Moroz, Formula Kite
  • Louisa Nordstrom / Trevor Bornarth, 470
  • Pedro Pascual, iQFOiL
  • Steph Roble / Maggie Shea, 49erFX

Olympic Development Program

  • Kai Calder, Formula Kite
  • Noah Runciman, Formula Kite
  • Christina Sakellaris, ILCA 6
  • Chris Williford / Duncan Williford, 49er

Other American sailors participating

  • Kelly Cole / Ellie Glenn, 49erFX
  • Carson Crain / Caroline Atwood, Nacra 17
  • Lilly Myers, ILCA 6
  • Lucy Wilmot / Erika Reineke, 49erFX

Keep up with the regatta:

Monday, April 4 - First race day for ILCA 6 & 7, 470, iQFOiL
Tuesday, April 5 - First race day for 49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17, Formula Kites

From the US Sailing Team:

From veteran campaigners to Palma first-timers, the US Sailing Team and Olympic Development Program bring a wide array of goals to the water for the 2022 Princess Sofia Regatta.

"Our team always looks forward to the cooperative training and racing period in March here in Palma," said USST Head Coach, Luther Carpenter. "It's the 'spring opener' to evaluate our team's skills and check in with the greater Olympic Sailing community. We have 45 sailors and coaches here which is a strong representation of US Sailing. The event presents a great opportunity to fine-tune the collaboration, education, and learning dynamics. Each sailor is focused on specific goals on their path toward the Paris 2024 Olympics."

A handful of athletes have spent a considerable amount of time in Mallorca preparing for this week's regatta, including Ian Barrows and Hans Henken:

"We have been in Palma since March 5th getting reacclimated to the 'Palma' venue and finding a rhythm with the weather cycles," said Hans Henken, campaigning 49er US Sailing Team athlete. "So far we've sailed every day we intended to, been able to set clear goals for each session on the water. We feel like we've prepared well for the event. We sailed the Mallorca Sailing Club regatta and had some success so we're feeling confident in our ability to sail to our potential."

The 49er and FX classes have officially begun the transition to 3Di sail technology and new rigs. The 2022 Princesa Sofía will see a mix of traditional and 3Di sails on the water, and Roble/Shea will be one of the boats sporting the sleek black sails.

"It was really important for our team to come to Palma because the 49ers and FXs have new sails and new rigs, so we're interested in seeing how everyone is approaching the new gear," said 49erFX coach, Giulia Conti. "We're trying different things and observing our competitors as we draw conclusions about the best way to set ourselves up for success with the new equipment."

Regarding team Roble/Shea's approach for the regatta, Steph Roble said, "We're aiming to work on our racing processes in Palma. Having just taken a big chunk of time off after the games and with Maggie's surgery, we will have some rust to shake off on the racecourse as well as with our racing communication. We are excited to be racing again and looking forward to learning a lot this week."

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