The 49th Sofía Iberostar set to be the largest edition in history
Thursday, March 22, 2018 4:36 PM
Club Nàutic S’Arenal
The 49th Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar promises to be the largest edition ever seen since it became an Olympic Classes regatta. With less than a week to the start of the event, the most important Olympic classes’ event in Spain has 1156 sailors confirmed and a total of 840 boats representing over 60 nations that will come together in the bay of Palma from 30th March to 7th April. Seventeen Olympic medallist teams from the Rio 2016 Games and eight 2017 World champions are among the teams registered for the regatta.
“We are on the verge of an edition that will be difficult to beat –assures Ferran Muniesa, event manager–. It is undoubtedly a great responsibility to organise such a large-scale event and with such high participation”. The Organising Committee spokesman points out that “the outreach of the Sofía Iberostar over the last decade has been impressive”.
Classes Laser Standard and Laser Radial will offer an unprecedented show in the Bay of Palma, with a total of 300 boats. The event quota was reached in both classes two weeks ago, a milestone also reached a few days ago by the RS:X men. Furthermore, the 49er with a maximum of 100 entries and the RS:X women with a maximum of 80 are also expected to reach the respective event quota established for the Sofía Iberostar.
Among the 64 nations represented, four of them, Spain, Great Britain, Russia and the United States will have at least one team in each of the ten Olympic classes competing n Mallorca. Spain will have the largest fleet with 87 boats, followed by France, Germany, Great Britain and Italy.
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 49 Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar is sponsored by Iberostar and the event collaborators are Trasmediterranea, Marine Pool and Europcar, besides the Balearic Islands Government through the Balearic Tourism Agency as well as Palma and Llucmajor city councils.