Record pace for Princesa Sofia Mallorca

Published on February 1st, 2023

More than 560 crews from 54 countries have already pre-registered for the 52 Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mallorca. In the history of this classic Olympic class regatta in Spain’s Balearic Islands, this is already an unprecedented level of interest in the showcase regatta which runs from March 29 to April 8.

The first counting regatta for the Sailing World Cup 2023 looks set to break all participation records for the long and storied history of the world’s leading Olympic class regatta. At this stage in 2022, there were 382 teams pre-registered.

Among the ten classes that will compete in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, ILCA 7 (130 pre-registered) and ILCA 6 (89) are the ones with the highest number of teams as of January 31, followed by Formula Kite Men (75), 49er (45), Nacra 17 (44), iQFOiL Women (42), iQFOiL Men (40), 49er FX (39), Formula Kite Women and 470 Mixed (both with 32).

According to Ferran Muniesa, Technical Director of the Trofeo Princesa Sofía Mallorca, there are several factors contributing to the high level of participation expected for this edition:

“On the one hand, the exceptional nature of this unusually short Olympic cycle due to the pandemic puts extra pressure on the sailors and the federations of the countries in the allocation of places, we are in a pre-Olympic year, and the Sofia is the first multi-class event qualifying for the Sailing World Cup 2023.

“Plus, the Asian countries that could not come in 2022 because their borders remained closed are now coming back. Last year we had almost 800 boats and more than a thousand sailors from 64 nationalities, and although it is too early to really talk about records, the indications are that 2023’s regatta will be an exceptional edition.”

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Sailing World Cup 2023:
April 1-8 – Trofeo Princesa Sofia – Mallorca, Spain
April 22-29 – Semaine Olympique Française – Hyères, France
May 31-June 4 – Allianz Regatta – Almere, Netherlands
June 17-25 – Kieler Woche – Kiel, Germany

Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Program:
Men’s One Person Dinghy – ILCA 7
Women’s One Person Dinghy – ILCA 6
Mixed Two Person Dinghy – 470
Men’s Skiff – 49er
Women’s Skiff – 49erFx
Men’s Kiteboard – Formula Kite Class
Women’s Kiteboard – Formula Kite Class
Men’s Windsurfing – iQFoil
Women’s Windsurfing – iQFoil
Mixed Multihull – Nacra 17

Venue: Marseille, France
Dates: July 26-August 11


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