The international sailing federation recovers the Princess Sofia Trophy within its world circuit of Olympic classes. The Spanish event will inaugurate the 2022 edition of the Hempel World Cup Series and will serve as the first key test in the preparation for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, which guarantees a large international presence in the waters of the Bay of Palma.
The Princesa Sofía Trophy returns to a world league in which it has not participated since 2014. Its reincorporation confirms the excellent joint work carried out by the three organizing clubs: Real Club Náutico de Palma, Club Marítimo San Antonio de la Playa and Club Nàutic S’Arenal . In the opinion of Ferran Muniesa, technical director of the Trofeo Princesa Sofía: “Joining us in this new stage of the World Cup and establishing this collaborative relationship with World Sailing is another step on the road to excellence and quality for the Trofeo Princesa Sofía.
We hope that this collaborative relationship will continue for many years.”
Of the Olympic cycles
The agreement signed between the Organizing Committee and the international sailing federation establishes that the Princess Sofia Trophy will be part of the world circuit for at least two Olympic cycles. “The Princess Sofia Trophy welcomes the best sailors, teams and coaches in the world, and we are delighted that it will become an essential element of the Hempel World Cup Series until the Olympic Games in Los Angeles 2028”, explains David Graham, general manager. of World Sailing. “The Princess Sofia Trophy is one of the oldest and most massive annual regattas, and forms an essential part of World Sailing’s event strategy of partnering with major regattas that help sailors train and compete during the Olympic cycle.”
Three European locations
In 2022, the Hempel World Cup Series will consist of events in three European venues: Mallorca (Princess Sofia Trophy, April 1-9), Amsterdam (Allianz Regatta, June 1-5) and Marseille (dates yet to be confirmed). According to World Sailing, more than 1,500 sailors of 55 nationalities are called to compete for the ten scoring classes for the 51st Princess Sofia Trophy: the women’s ILCA 6, 49er FX, IQ Foil and Formula Kite; the men’s ILCA 7, 49er, IQ Foil and Formula Kite; and the mixed 470 and Nacra 17.
The 51st Princesa Sofía Mallorca Trophy is being held under the joint organization of the Club Nàutic S’Arenal, the Club Marítimo San Antonio de la Playa, the Royal Club Náutico de Palma, the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation and the Balearic Sailing Federation, with the support of the main Balearic public institutions.