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13 - 19 May 2019 / Weymouth, UK

2019 Volvo European Championship

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The Olympic sailing world reconvenes next week on the Spanish island of Mallorca, where we will see over 1,200 athletes competing across the ten Olympic classes at the annual Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Iberostar regatta, this year celebrating its 50th anniversary. The Olympic regatta held on the Bay of Palma marks the beginning of the 2019 European season for the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra17.

While this is not an Olympic selection regatta, the Trofeo Princesa Sofia is always an important event in every sailors calendar. Many teams will have been away from international competition since late in 2018, or in the past few months competed in only the Miami World Series event in light and tricky conditions. The Trofeo Princesa Sofia regatta is an early performance indicator for the season ahead, allowing teams to get back into Olympic level competition prior to the rigorous European schedule. This is made all the more important given many teams are pushing for national selection ahead the Tokyo 2020 games, to be sailed in Enoshima Japan in late July next year. Trofeo Princesa Sofia is an event that comes without the added pressure often associated with the World Series, European or World Championship events. Sailors and spectators can expect action packed class racing in one of the best sailing venues the world has to offer.

In the Nacra17 class, Italy’s Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti are back and looking to continue their 2018 dominance. Tita and Banti are the Trofeo Princesa Sofia defending champions, as well as the current European and World Champions, and the pressure will certainly be on to continue their form leading into the 2019 European season. At the recent warm up regatta in Palma, the relative new Spanish duo of Tara Pachenco and Florian Trittle took home the win ahead of many of the more experienced teams. While only having several months together in the class, they seem to be hitting their stride at just the right time. Jason Waterhouse & Lisa Darmanin from Australia took out the win at the recent Miami World Series event in January and the Rio 2016 silver medalists will continue to be a team aiming for nothing but a gold medal.

Ruggero Tita & Caterina Banti (ITA) 2018 Trofeo Princesa Sofia winners.

The 49erFX will see 67 teams line up on the Bay of Palma. The current 49erFX World Champions and defending Trofeo Princesa Sofia champions of Annamiek Bekkering & Annete Duetz from the Netherlands will be one of the favourites and looking to repeat in 2019. They recently took the win at the Portugal Grand Prix event in Vilamoura in similar conditions as can be expected next week in Palma. Knocking at the door will be the Rio 2016 Gold medalist teams of Martine Grael & Kahene Kunze from Brasil, and Silver medalists Alex Maloney and Molly Meech from New Zealand. These two teams replicated their Rio 2016 positioning at the recent Miami World Series, so we expect to see fireworks on the 49erFX race course.

Annamiek Bekkering & Annete Duetz (NED)

In the 49er class, a huge contingent of 107 teams will line up on the startline on Monday, which would be a modern 49er class record. Amongst them, current World Champions Sime & Mohivol Fantela of Croatia will certainly have a target on their back as the boat to beat, and are coming off the back of a 3rd place at the recent Miami World Series event and a 5th place at the Portugal Grand Prix. Previous European and World Champions Dylan Fletcher & Stuart Bithell (GBR) are fresh off their time with the SailGP and will once again be looking to podium, with Argentinian brothers Yago and Klaus Lange looking to defend their 2018 Trofeo Princesa Sofia title. Another notable entrant is the 2016 Olympic Gold Medallist and 4 times World Champions Peter Burling & Blair Tuke (NZL). After a long lay off to compete in The Ocean Race and win the America’s Cup, they’re back for their first major 49er event of their Tokyo2020 campaign.

Yago & Klaus Lange (ARG) celebrate their 2018 Trofeo Princesa Sofia win.

While the focus for most will be firmly on the racing, many of our sailors will be looking to have a positive impact off the race course. On Thursday 28th of March, sailors from every Olympic class, as well as junior sailors from the local sailing clubs, will come together on the beaches of El Arenal and Can Pastilla for a beach clean up, to fight the plastic pollution we face in our oceans. Sailors, spectators and the public are invited to join in at the boat parks at both locations from 5pm. The beach clean up has been driven by the sailors themselves, with key members behind this event including Hannah Mills (470 – GBR), Atlantic Brugman (470 – USA), Iago López Marra (49er – ESP) & Yago Lange (49er – ARG). Lange says “It’s not only about the beach clean up, it’s more about being together as sailors and doing something about plastic pollution in the oceans.”

Be sure to tune into the official class social media channels during the week for live updates direct from the event in Palma.

SCHEDULE

Racing is set to take place from April 1st to 6th, on the bay of Palma. Medal races are scheduled to be held on Saturday 6th April.

QUICK LINKS

Find the entry list here: https://www.trofeoprincesasofia.org/en/default/races/race-inscriptions

Results will be available here: https://www.trofeoprincesasofia.org/en/default/races/race-resultsall

Read the sailing instructions and all other official documents on the Official Notice Board here: https://www.trofeoprincesasofia.org/en/default/races/race-toa

SOCIAL MEDIA

You can also follow the regatta on social media. Share and like it, and please use the hashtag #SofiaIberostar to join the conversation!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrofeoPrincesaSofia

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TrofeoSofia

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Trofeoprincesasofia

What We Do
 
The Academy is a multifaceted business.  The driving force and focus are the sailing events, but to sustain the facilities and business the WPNSA has several other revenue streams;
 
• Squad training through the RYA and class associations
• Other sporting events such as cycling, triathlons and running
• Meetings facilities including conferences and corporate days
• Functions such as; weddings, parties, dinner dances and awards
• Boat hoist and dry storage
• Membership
 
WPNSA has close links with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) working with them in many significant events such as the Sailing World Cup and Youth National Championships.  In addition, WPNSA is the training base for the British Sailing Team.
 
Our History
 
The Royal Yachting Association had been trying for decades to secure a suitable site locally to make the most of these natural advantages, but the opportunity came when in 1999 it was announced that the Royal Naval Air Station at Portland was to be closed.
 
A group of local people established a not-for-profit company to take the vision of a national centre of excellence for the sport of sailing forward and with the support of the Royal Navy, the Royal Yachting Association, the South West Regional Development Agency, Sport England and all the local authorities in the area, this idea started to take shape.  The Academy started sailing operations on the site in March 2000.
 
After initially operating from the disused military buildings and facilities, in 2003 the Academy was in a position to start construction work on redeveloping the site.  At the same time the London bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games was gathering momentum and the Academy was selected as part of the sailing venue in the bid to the International Olympic Committee.
 
Construction works were completed in the spring of 2005 and HRH The Princess Royal formally opened the new Academy buildings on 9th June 2005.  Less than a month later London was selected as the venue for the 30th Olympiad.  This impressive facility had therefore moved from starting sailing operations on the site to being part of an Olympic venue in slightly more than five years.  Once the decision had been made to award the 2012 Games to London, plans were put in place to further enhance the facilities to bring them up to the standard required by the International Olympic Committee.  The Olympic Delivery Authority then funded further marine works to meet these standards.  These works, consisting of additional reclamation of the harbour, new slipways, construction of a breakwater and pontoons were finished in 2008, on time and on budget, making the Academy the first of the 2012 venues to be completed.
 
Development of the Academy has provided first class facilities including 220 metres of slipway accessible at all states of wind and tide as well as 600 dinghy spaces and 125 protected marina berths for ribs and yachts.

Notice to Competitors #7

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Sailing Instructions

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For official entry portal and details, CLICK HERE

Notice of Race

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Measurement Timetable

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Nacra 17 Race Management Guidelines

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Support Boat Regulations

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Change to Sailing Instructions #1 (Nacra Class Rules)

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Change to Sailing Instructions #2 (3 Changes)

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Information from Jury

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Addendum Q

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Addendum Q Information

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Standard Penalties

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Change Notice #3

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Question and Answer #1

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Notice to Competitors #5

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Notice to Competitors #6 (Flight Assignments 13th May)

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CHANGE TO SAILING INSTRUCTIONS #3

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Notice to Competitors #8

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SI Change #4 (Time Corrected)

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Notice to Competitors #9 (Flight Assignments 14th May)

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Notice to Competitors #14 (Flight Assignments 15th May)

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SI Change #5

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Notice to Competitors #20 (Flight Assignments 16th May)

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Change to SI’s #7

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Change to SI’s #8

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Notice to Competitors #31

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Change to SI’s #8 (Code of Conduct)

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Notice to Competitors #32 Course Allocation Change. (Assignment of Fleet to Racing Areas)

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Notice to Competitors #33 Course Allocation Change. (Assignment of Fleet to Racing Areas)

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Notice to Competitors #34 (Breach Of Support Boat Regulations)

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Notice to Competitors #35 (Failure to Tally – 18th May)

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Change to SI's #11( Racing Schedule - Day 7 – May 19)

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Notice to Competitors #36 (Change to Coaches Briefing 19th May)

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Notice to Competitors #37 (Medal Race Inspections)

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Notice to Competitors #38 ("U Flag Rule" )

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Notice to Competitors #39 (Tracker Collection 19th May)

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Highlights day 6

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Day 5 Highlights

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Day 4 Highlights

Day 4 (Day 1 Gold) Live Replay

Chesil Beach Clean

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