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The Trofeo Princesa Sofia adapts the new Olympic competition format

Princess Sofia Trophy - The Trofeo Princesa Sofia adapts the new Olympic competition format
PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN-(25-1-2006) The Organising Committee of the 37th Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia has modified the Notice of Race to adapt the new Olympic Classes competition format recently approved by ISAF.

Therefore, Olympic classes will start sailing a day earlier (9th April) and up to 13th April to complete an 11 races series (16 for the 49er). On 14th April, last day of competition - even if the 11 or 16 races have not been sailed - the Grand Final will be sailed in which only the top 10 boats of each class will participate. This change will not be applied to classes Star and Yngling due to the clash with the cruiser regatta held at Real Club Nautico de Palma. Star and Yngling will race the series from 10 to 13 April and on 14 April they will sail the Grand Final.

Invited classes Dragon, Europe and 420 will sail the traditional format and will sail from 10th to 14th April.

The new Olympic competition format approved by ISAF considers the regular performance of sailors. During the races before the Grand Final there will only be one discard. The Grand Final cannot be discarded.

The 37th Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia will be one of the first Spanish regattas to apply the new competition format. The objective of the organizers is to offer the best racing area in the preparation for the Quingdao 2008 Olympics.

The 37th edition of the regatta will be held from 6th to 9th April for cruisers at Real Club Nautico de Palma and from 9th to 14th April for Olympic and invited classes. Around 800 boats distributed in 14 classes are expected. For most of them it is a Copa de Espaņa event and therefore, a selection regatta for the Spanish sailing teams.

Club Nautic S'Arenal will be the venue of classes 470 men & women, Finn, Tornado and 49er. Club Maritimo San Antonio de la Playa will be host to classes Laser, Laser radial and Neil Pryde RS:X men & women while Dragon, Star and Yngling will have their venue at Real Club Nautico de Palma. Invited classes 420 and Europe will be based at Escuela de Vela Calanova.

The Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia is organized by the Federacion Balear de Vela together with the Real Federacion Espaņola de Vela, Real Club Nautico de Palma, Club Nautic S'Arenal, Club Maritimo San Antonio de la Playa and Escuela de Vela Calanova.

Source: Event Media

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