The Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia - MAPFRE is
held in Majorca, in the renowned bay of Palma,
every year around Easter and celebrates its 43rd
anniversary in 2012. It is the third of seven
regattas in the 2011-12 ISAF Sailing World Cup
The event is the starting point of the European
sailing season every year. The ten Olympic
sailing events are joined by the Dragon fleet as
an invited class. The regatta was named in honor
of the princess of Spain at the time, Her
Majesty Queen Sofia at present, with the first
edition held in 1968.
Day one report by ISAF:
Sunshine and light
breeze provided for gentle but technical sailing
for all classes. Sailing from the Club Real de
Palma, the Stars with all favourites on the
starting line had a high level of competition.
Hamish Pepper and Jim Turner (NZL) are in the
lead with finished of 5 and 3 by one point over
Xavier Rohart and Pierre-Alexis Ponsot (FRA) who
took the first race and placed eighth in the
second. Mateusz Kuznierewicz and Dominik Zycki
(POL) took the last race to place third overall.
Day two report by ISAF:
A southerly breeze at 7 knots which built to 10
towards the middle of the afternoon made racing
tricky. Hamish Pepper and Jim Turner (NZL) are
in the lead in the Star class. After a difficult
day on the water, contenders Xavier Rohart and
Pierre Alexis Ponsot (FRA) and the Polish
Matieusz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki dropped
out of the top ten. Race wins went to Iain Percy
and Andrew Simpson (GBR) and Austrians Hans
Spitzauer and Gerd Habermuller.
The Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre is the first
event for Percy and Simpson since the ISAF
Worlds where they had to abandon due to Percy's
back problems. "We started the week pretty
badly," explained Percy. "In our first race
yesterday we decided the five minute gun was the
ten minute, and the ten minute was five -
basically just complete confusion... In the rest
of the races we've had some ups and downs, but
some reasonably solid races. It's very shifty
and difficult wind."
Day three report by ISAF:
The wind was quite light in the morning and
shifted a lot. An interesting battle is
developing in the Star class with just two
points separating Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson
(GBR) and Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA)
at the top of the tree. The British 2008 Olympic
gold medallists lead the way and with four fleet
races and the Medal Race remaining it will be
interesting to watch how their fight develops.
Day four report by ISAF:
Sailing at the Trofeo Princesa Sofia MAPFRE, has
been dominated by light winds. However, all
scheduled races have been completed providing
sailors in Palma with a full racing program.
British Olympic champions Iain Percy and Andrew
Simpson (GBR) have kept an eight point lead over
Brazilians Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada.
Day five report by ISAF:
Stronger winds for last racing day before Medal
races! It has finally arrived! The South-
easterly breeze welcomed the sailors this
morning. Starting the day at 13 knots, it is
expected to reach 20 by the end of the
afternoon. Many sailors were hoping for more
breeze as different skills were tested for the
last opportunity to qualify for the Medal race.
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.
Day six report from ISAF:
Olympic medallists completed the podium in the Star class. World champions Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA) added a second Sailing World Cup victory after winning the Rolex Miami OCR earlier this year. Beijing Olympic champions Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson took Silver in front of the French pair of Rohart/Ponsot, winner of the Bacardi Cup.
"We were really surprised to win, as we thought the British were ahead of us. We are using a new boat this week so our objective was to test it. This is why we had a slow start in the regatta, but in the end got more used to it. Of course we are very happy to have won the event in Palma," explained the Brazilians.
Final results for ten races plus the medal race
on April 2-7: