World Sailing World Cup 2024: Kicks-Off, Event Details and Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia info

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World Sailing World Cup, The 53rd Trofeo Princesa Sofía Mallorca by Iberostar is set to be the first major Olympic class regatta of 2024, bringing together over 800 boats and 1,100 sailors from 51+ countries in the Bay of Palma from March 29 to April 6. As the first event featuring all 10 Olympic disciplines for the Paris 2024 Games, this prestigious showcase regatta is significant for athletes making final preparations and countries selecting their Olympic representatives.

Jointly organized by the Real Club Náutico de Palma, Club Náutic S’Arenal, Club Marítimo San Antonio de la Playa, Federación Balear de Vela, and Real Federación Española de Vela, the Trofeo Princesa Sofía Mallorca has become a success thanks to the shared efforts and commitment of the many people and institutions involved. Technical director Ferran Muniesa emphasizes the importance of this collaboration in staging such a large-scale event.

World Sailing World Cup 53rd Trofeo Princesa Sofía Mallorca regatta in 2024 Event Details

The 53rd Trofeo Princesa Sofía Mallorca by Iberostar will be held from March 29 to April 6, 2024, on the Bay of Palma in Mallorca, Spain. Here are the key event details:

Dates: March 29 – April 6, 2024

  • Location: Bay of Palma, Mallorca, Spain
    • Organizing Clubs: Real Club Náutico de Palma
    • Club Náutic S’Arenal
    • Club Marítimo San Antonio de la Playa
    • Organizing Federations:Federación Balear de Vela
    • Real Federación Española de Vela
  • Backing: World Sailing and central Balearic public institutions
  • Significance: First major Olympic class regatta of 2024 with all ten disciplines for Paris 2024
    • Classes Competing: Women’s: ILCA 6, 49er FX, iQFOiL, Formula Kite
    • Men’s ILCA 7, 49er, iQFOiL, Formula Kite.
    • Mixed: 470 and Nacra 17
  • Racing Schedule: April 1-6, with Medal Races and Medal Series on the final day
  • Registration: Over 300 teams from 51+ countries have registered so far
  • Importance: This is a key event for athletes’ final Olympic preparations and countries selecting representatives.

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53rd Trofeo Princesa Sofía Mallorca regatta in 2024 Participation

The 53rd Trofeo Princesa Sofía Mallorca by Iberostar is set to draw impressive participation as the first major Olympic class regatta of 2024. Here are the key details on the sailors and teams competing:

Over 300 teams from 51+ countries have registered as of early February, two months before the event.

  • Nearly 800 teams and over 1,100 sailors from 71 countries started registration procedures in early March.
  • Entries represent an advance guard for a fleet that will make the Bay of Palma the epicenter of Olympic sailing.
    • Several defending champions are returning, including Japan’s Keiju Okada/Miho Yoshioka (470 Mixed)
    • Brazil’s Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze (49er FX)
    • Singapore’s Max Maeder (Formula Kite Men)
    • France’s Lauriane Nolot (Formula Kite Women)
    • Netherlands’ Marit Bouwmeester (ILCA 6)
    • Great Britain’s Michael Beckett (ILCA 7)
    • Great Britain’s Emma Wilson (iQFOiL Women)
  • Newly crowned 470 Mixed World Champions from Spain, Jordi Xammar and Nora Brugman, also confirmed
  • ILCA 6 and ILCA 7 classes have already reached entry quotas
  • Additional entries are still expected after early March after the 49er, 49erFX, and Formula Kite World/European championships.
  • The key event for many countries to select their Paris 2024 representatives, including host nation Spain
  • Entry numbers on track to match or exceed recent Olympic year editions (784 boats in 2016, 761 in 2020 before cancellation)

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Olympic Classes Competing

Women’s:

  • ILCA 6
  • 49er FX
  • iQFOiL
  • Formula Kite

Men’s:

  • ILCA 7
  • 49er
  • iQFOiL
  • Formula Kite

Mixed:

  • 470
  • Nacra 17

Lead-up Events

A. World and European Championships for Some ClassesThe 49er, 49erFX, and Formula Kite classes held their World or European Championships in early March, so additional entries are still expected from those events.

  • The Nacra 17 class will use the Trofeo Princesa Sofía as the first of two Olympic selection events for some countries like the USA, with their World Championship in France in May as the second.
  • The ILCA 6 and ILCA 7 World Championships in early 2024 (Argentina in January for ILCA 6, Australia in January for ILCA 7) served as qualifiers, with each event awarding seven country quotas.
  • The ILCA European Championships in Athens in February 2024 awarded two country quotas per gender.
  • In late February, the 470 Mixed class held its 2024 World Championship in Palma.

B. Mallorca Sailing Center Regatta for Advance TrainingMany sailors have been training at the Mallorca Sailing Center in the lead-up to the Trofeo Princesa Sofía.

  • For some, like American ILCA 6 sailor Erika Reineke, it’s been seven months since they last competed against their entire international fleet, so this training time in Mallorca has been crucial.
  • Reineke said the event will be “a really good stepping stone” and a chance to “capitalize on my strengths and work on little improvements.”

Sustainability Efforts

These efforts have earned the regatta recognition as a carbon-neutral event by the United Nations and reflect the organizing committee’s commitment to staging a world-class competition in harmony with the natural environment.

A. Recognized as a Carbon Neutral Event by the United NationsThe Trofeo Princesa Sofía has been certified as a carbon-neutral event by the United Nations.

  • This recognition reflects the regatta’s comprehensive sustainability program, which includes measures to reduce waste, minimize energy consumption, and offset carbon emissions.
  • The organizing committee has implemented a detailed sustainability plan that aligns with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the IOC’s Agenda 2020+5.
  • Specific initiatives include eliminating single-use plastics, using renewable energy sources, and promoting sustainable transportation options for participants and spectators.
  • B. Partnership with Mallorcan Company TrueworldThe Trofeo Princesa Sofía has partnered with Trueworld, a Mallorcan company specializing in sustainable event management.
  • Trueworld works closely with the organizing committee to implement eco-friendly practices throughout the regatta, from waste management to energy efficiency.
  • The company is also helping to engage local stakeholders, including businesses and community organizations, in sustainability efforts.
  • Through this partnership, the Trofeo Princesa Sofía aims to leave a positive legacy for the island of Mallorca and inspire other sporting events to prioritize sustainability.

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