The 49th Trofea Princesa Sofia Regatta will be the largest in history!

The 49th Trofea Princesa Sofia Regatta will be the largest in history!

Sunday, April 1st 2018 - Kingsttn, ON

The top sailors from around the world are set to race in Palma de Mallorca at the 49th Trofea Princesa Sofia Regatta marking the beginning of the European circuit. The Princesa Sofia Regatta held from 31st March - 7th April is an opportunity for sailors to gage their skills against one another before the truely big event of the season, the 2018 World Sailing Championships in Aarhus, Denmark from July 30 - August 12.

The Aarhus World Championships is the first and most significant event for sailors competing to qualify their country in all ten Olympic classes for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. 40% of the nation quotas places will be up for grabs at the World Championships.

Aarhus 2018 is the first and most significant qualification event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with 40% of the nation quotas places available across the ten Olympic events.

With over 900 boats registered in the 10 Olympic Class fleets the 49th Trofeo S.A.R Princesa Sofia regatta is set to be the largest in the regattas history. Sailors will be racing the 6 day event in the bay of Palma against the dramatic backdrop of the Palma Cathedral.

Canadian Sailing Team members competing in the event are the following:

49er - Alex Heinzemann and Justin Barnes
Laser Standard - Robert Davis, Luke Ruitenberg, Max Gallant
Laser Radial - Sarah Douglas, Maura Dewey, Coralie Vittecoq

Canadian Sailing Team Radial Sailor Sarah Douglas on the event and her preparation:

“I’ve put quite a bit of preparation into this event. I travelled to Palma in February for a 10 day block with some of the top sailors in the fleet focusing on technique along with gaining some venue knowledge. Then there was “fitness hell week” in Mexico 2 weeks ago; 6 days straight of intense on water sessions and pushing hard in the gym. I had a week off before I flew here which was nice to rest and chance to be fresh for my final prep before the event.

Now the focus is more of making sure I’m fast and that I’m getting into the racing mode. This is the first European event of the season and I’m looking forward to it. All of the top sailors from around the world are here and Palma can deliver any type of conditions.

The last couple of days have been sunny, warm and brought a sea breeze, but anything can happen here so it’s important to keep mentally fresh.”

Racing starts Monday, April 2nd and continues to April 7th.

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Photo Credit: Tom Thow Photography