Olympic circuit begins in Mallorca
Published on January 28th, 2022
The first key test of 2022 in the build up to the Paris 2024 Olympics is the Trofeo Princesa Sofía to be held April 1-9 in Mallorca, Spain. The regatta – the 51st edition of the largest Europe-based event for Olympic Sailing Classes – will attract over 1,500 sailors from 55 nations competing across ten Olympic disciplines.
The joint organizers – the Real Club Náutico de Palma, the Club Náutic S’Arenal, and Club Maritimo San Antonio de la Playa – have published the Notice of Race confirming the dates, format, program, and classes. The week-long event will see competition across the women’s ILCA 6, 49erFX, IQFoil, and Formula Kite; the men’s ILCA 7, 49er, IQFoil and Formula Kite; and the mixed 470 and Nacra 17, at several venues across the Mediterranean island.
The Trofeo Princesa Sofía regatta, the starting point in the European sailing season every year, will be a welcome return for competitors as one of the best Olympic class regattas in the world, and a key date in the Hempel World Cup Series.
After having to cancel the Trofeo Princesa Sofía regatta in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, organizers are hopeful they can proceed with the event with the easing of health restrictions.
“Trofeo Princesa Sofía is one of the long-standing and largest annual regattas and forms a key part of the World Sailing event strategy, partnering with established major regattas that support sailors to train and compete during the Olympic cycle,” said David Graham, CEO of World Sailing.
“The Trofeo Princess Sofía hosts the best sailors, teams, and coaches in the world and we are pleased it will become a staple feature in the Hempel World Cup Series until Los Angeles Olympics in 2028.”
2022 Hempel World Cup Series:
April 1-9 – Hempel World Cup Series Palma (Princess Sofía Regatta), Spain
June 1-5 – Hempel World Cup Series Amsterdam (Allianz Regatta), The Netherlands
TBC – Hempel World Cup Marseille, France