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30 March - 6 April, 2019 / Palma, Spain

2019 Princess Sofia Regatta

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Olympic sailors taking part in the 50th edition of the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofía Iberostar carried out on Thursday a beach clean at Arenal and Can Pastilla beaches to makes their colleague sailors and citizens aware of the importance of keeping natural areas free of debris.

This action, an initiative from five International sailors with the support of the Balearic regatta, gathered hundreds of persons

Five young sailors have been the supporters of this initiative which is known as #Sailors4TheSea. Yago Lange (Argentina), Iago López-Marra (Spain), Hannah Mills (Great Britain), Kahena Kunze (Brazil), Martine Grael (Brazil) and Atlantic Brugman (USA) have been the ambassadors of a movement which, according to Lange “is global”. The Argentinian Sailor, who was Olympic diploma at the Rio 2016 Olympics, assures “plastics are the main problem at sea”.

Left to Right:Kahena Kunza (BRA), Martine Grael (BRA), Yago Lange (ARG), Iago Lopez-Marra (ESP), Hannah Mills (GBR), Atlantic Brugman (USA) & David Hussl (AUT) Image by Sailing Energy

“This has been a good action. We have gathered a lot of people and it is nice to see that there is general awareness, but the real help is to be respectful with the environment every day, take care of it and make sure that our beaches, coasts and seas are clean”. 

Spanish sailor Iago López-Marra, Diego Botín’s crew in the 49er class, has thanked the effort of his colleagues and the support shown by the organisers of the Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar, providing means and promoting this event. “We only have one planet and it is our obligation to take care of it”. If everyone keeps its small area ashore clean, we will all together achieve the goal of not polluting our sea any longer”, he said.

Martine Grael (BRA). Image by Sailing Energy

The beach of Arenal has gathered around a hundred sailors, with Olympic sailors, Sofia Iberostar staff and members of the Club Nautic s’Arenal sailing school. The same action has also taken place at Club Marítimo San Antonio de la Playa by another group of around one hundred people, with attendance of sailors from Can Pastilla and Real Club Náutico de Palma sailing teams.

This beach clean is part of the sustainability programme undertaken by the Sofia Iberostar in this 50th anniversary edition and which follows the initiative Wave of Change by Iberostar, the main sponsor of the event that will see the first races starting on Friday for the cruisers and one design and on Monday for the ten Olympic classes.

Organised by Club Nàutic S’Arenal, Club Marítimo San Antonio de la Playa, Real Club Náutico de Palma and the Balearic and Spanish sailing federations, the 50th Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar is sponsored by Iberostar and has the Govern de les Illes Balears and the Consell de Mallorca as institutional sponsors. The collaborators are Trasmediterránea, Europcar and Marine Pool as well as Palma and Llucmajor City Councils and Ports de Balears.

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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.