The Road to Rio – Palma Power

 
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 27 Mar 2014
 

 

The Road to Rio – Palma Power

44 Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre  © MartinezStudio.es
The ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca – Trofeo Princesa Sofia will start this weekend, with an amazing 882 sailors from 55 nations competing that is twice the size of an Olympic sailing fleet. The Sail-World team will arrive in Palma on Friday.

The fourth of five ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas will see the world's top competitor's race across one Paralympic and ten Olympic events.

One hundred and sixty Lasers have registered to sail in Mallorca, making it the biggest fleet.

In the 2013 edition, New Zealand's Andy Maloney came from behind on the final day to claim gold ahead of Tom Burton (AUS).

World number one Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) and world number two Tom Burton (AUS), took top honours at ISAF Sailing World Qingdao, Melbourne and Miami.

Mathew Belcher & William Ryan: Sailing World Cup 2014, Miami: Medal Race  Walter Cooper /US Sailing

Mat Belcher and Will Ryan's (AUS) unbeaten Men's 470 run came to an end at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami. World number three Sofian Bouvet and Jeremie Mion (FRA) spoilt the Australian party by taking gold in Miami.

Belcher and Ryan are back in Mallorca to defend their 2013 title and get back to winning ways. They will be joined by world number four Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic (CRO) and world number five Luke Patience (GBR) who is joined by new crew Elliot Willis.

Australian Oliver Tweddell leads Finn fleet in Miami  Walter Cooper /US Sailing

World number one Finn sailor, Australia's Oliver Tweddell and ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami Finn gold medallist Giles Scott (GBR) will go head to head again in the 99-boat Finn fleet in Mallorca, with another Brit, Ed Wright keen to prove his worth after a season away from the Class.

Behind Tweddell, the ever growing Jake¨Lilley now 6 foot 6 at age 20 will be keen to do well again.

The Nacra 17 class will have a 70+ fleet. Silver medallist Darren Bundock and Nina Curtis now the leading Aussie campaigners, if they do well in this regatta, they could burn off their competitors.

Darren Bundock and Nina Curtis (AUS) win the Nacra17 at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne  Jeff Crow/Sail Melbourne

Extreme Learning- In Act 2 of the Extreme Sailing Series in Muscat, Oman the young all Australian GAC Pindar crew continued their education, again took the tail gunner placing, though they posting some solid results including a second, two third, two fourth places and two fifth place finishes.

Having started the Act slowly, results steadily improved for the team over the course of the four days. They equalled their best Series finish of third on day three, before registering an excellent second place finish on the final day to give them real confidence for future regattas.

GAC Pindar skipper, Seve Jarvin, is the youngest skipper on the Extreme 40 scene.

The Aussie's on GAC Pindar were ever improving over the four days in Muscat  © Lloyd Images/Extreme Sailing Series

Jarvin believes that a first win would be the springboard to more success for the team ‘It is a big learning curve but we are getting there. It is a very tough fleet and we expected we would be in the deep end a little bit and now we are improving.

'The racing is totally different to what we have ever done before. This is sprint racing and starting is pretty crucial. If you don't get off the start line well, it's all over and we haven't been starting that great in this regatta. But overall it's getting better.

The Sail-World team has been battling a problem with its newsletter sending system for the last two weeks. Today we found the bug in the new version of our mail server software and squashed it.

Hallelujah


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team



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ISAF,
The 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca – Trofeo Princesa Sofia is set to take place from 31 March – 5 April with more than 850 sailors fighting hard for honours. Fifty nations will be represented across one Paralympic and ten Olympic events at the fourth of five World Cup Regattas of the 2013-2014 series.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing Cup - Australian Sailing Team ready to take on Europe
Cora Zillich,
2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca - Over 880 sailors from 55 nations will race at ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca, Spain – ‘Trofeo Princesa Sofia' from 31 March to 5 April 2014. Palma de Mallorca is the fourth of five ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas and will see the world's top competitor's race across one Paralympic and ten Olympic events.... [more]
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Monos and Multis link up for Brisbane to Keppel Yacht Race
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America's Cup: Five Emmy Award nominations for Video and Technology
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Dates announced for ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne 2014
Jav Greaves,
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Round Hainan Regatta - Microlab claims early lead in race to Sanya
Pierre Orphanidis,
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Gazprom International European Dragon Championship: No racing on day 2
Imagina,
On day two of the Gazprom International Dragon European Championship, a strong easterly wind of 30 knots blowing off Sanremo from the early hours of this morning put a stop to racing today, which kicked off yesterday under the organisation of the Yacht Club Sanremo.... [more]
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Rolex China Sea Race - Bluewater classic action returns
KPMS,
The biennial Rolex China Sea Race commences mid-April, kicking off Rolex's 2014 international yachting season. Running 565-nm from Hong Kong's bustling Victoria Harbour, where traditional sampans compete for water space with modern commercial craft, it is Asia's principal offshore competition. The race crosses the South China Sea, finishing in Subic Bay, The Philippines.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Fleet prepares for low weather system
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, while the good racing conditions continued yesterday, skippers spent the day closely analysing their data and altering courses overnight in preparation for the approaching low weather system, forecast to impact the fleet over the next 24 hours.... [more]
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Gazprom International European Dragon Championship – Day 1 in Sanremo
Imagina,
For the first day of the Gazprom International European Dragon Championship, overcast skies, well formed seas and steady wind from the east - northeast between 18 and 20 knots were on offer in Sanremo.... [more]
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World Youth Sailing Week - 10 days of great sailing
Elena Giolai,
At Easter, on Garda Trentino, 10 days of great sailing dedicated to young people, thinking about sport, tourism and promotion of the territory with approximately 1,800 racers expected will take place at the World Youth Sailing Week.... [more]
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Southport Yacht Club achieves Gold Anchor status
Southport Yacht Club,
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Seafarers take up flexible learning marine courses
Heidi Walton,
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Airlie Beach Race Week - Ladies on Schouten Passage to compete
Tracey Johnstone,
The 25th Airlie Beach Race Week is set to take place from 8th-15th August with the Schouten Passage's team of nine women stepping outside their comfort zone to take part. Skipper Jan Howard has entered the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club boat in the IRC Cruising division.... [more]
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Fireball Pre-Worlds - Glorious day 2 in Pattaya
Cormac Bradley,
Today's (day two) participants in the Fireball Pre-Worlds being hosted by the Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Pattaya, Thailand had a glorious day on the water with sunshine and 10 knots of breeze from the SW. The tide made life challenging but kept the racing tight through the fleet.... [more]
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Denmark presents 2018 ISAF Sailing World Championships bid
Matthew Pryor,
Denmark's bid for the 2018 ISAF Sailing World Championships was presented at the ISAF headquarters in Southampton, England, today, with a vision to expand the sport's horizons and let the stars of sailing shine. One of four bidding for the Championships, Aarhus, Denmark's second largest city, outlined a bid that promises to take sailing to the people.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Teams continue to fly
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, teams continued to fly in perfect downwind conditions towards San Francisco yesterday as the sun shone and 18 to 35 knot winds continued to power the fleet. As a low pressure system builds not too far away however, no one is under any illusion that the favourable conditions are here to stay.... [more]
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