Monday, April 1, 2013

Tough Day At The Palma Office - 44th Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Day One

The first day of the first European event of the ISAF Sailing World Cup circuit has tested the athletic sailing skills of many competitors.
Photo: Martinez Studio/Sofia Mapfre
With increasing wind and waves, the 49ers had a challenging day and after two races in the yellow group, racing was cancelled for the day. The British team of David Evans and Edward Powys conquered the heavy weather with a bullet and a third place.
Allan Norregaard/Anders Thomsen (DEN) Photo: Martinez Studio/Sofia Mapfre
The Danes were out in full force and last year's winner, Jonas Warrer with new crew Peter Lang, and Allan Norregaard with Anders Thomsen (DEN) placed in the top ten in the first race and took the first two places in the second. With Olympics medal in 2008 and 2012, Denmark continues to excel at skiff sailing.
Jonas Warrer/Peter Lang (DEN) Photo: Martinez Studio/Sofia Mapfre
The 49er FX didn't have the opportunity to race. In the 470 Women the British team of  Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh Mcintyre dominated in the windy conditions to finish the day with a clean score. 
Alison Young (GBR) Photo: Jesús Renedo/Sofia Mapfre
Alison Young (GBR) in the Laser Radial has been just as good with two victories. Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN) and Sarah Gunni (DEN) are second and third on equal points with a fourth and a first place. They are closely followed by the French taking the next four places.
Mat Belcher/Will RyanPhoto: www.ThomThow.com
Australians and Austrians are neck and neck in the 470 Men with Mat Belcher/Will Ryan and Matthias Schmid/Florian Reichstaedter taking the lead in their respective fleets with two bullets.2011 European and World Champion Giles Scott has opened the score in the Finn, with London Bronze medallist Jonathan Lobert (FRA) winning the second.
Tom Burton Photo: Jesús Renedo / Sofia Mapfre
World ranking leaders Tom Burton (AUS) and Philip Buhl (GER) are leading the Laser competition with zero points. The new format and ranking system trialled in Palma, gives 0 points for a first place and allows a race discard from the second race. This can explain why with a DNC in race one and a victory, Tom Burton has taken the lead of the fleet with zero points to his scoreboard.
Ricardo Santos (BRA) Photo: Jesús Renedo/Sofia Mapfre
Toni Wilhelm (GER), Julien Bontemps (FRA) and Ricardo Santos (BRA) are leading the RS:X men with the young German collecting two bullets.
Maayan Davidovich (ISR) Photo: Jesús Renedo/Sofia Mapfre
In the RS:X women Maayan Davidovich (ISR) continues her good form after winning the ISAF SWC in Miami and with a race victory and with her discard, she leads World #1 Flavia Tartaglini (ITA).
Flavia Tartaglini (ITA) Photo: Jesús Renedo/Sofia Mapfre
Racing was also cancelled today for the Nacra and the 2.4. The forecast for the second day of racing is for a 15 knot north 'westerly breeze.

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