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Race Report- Trofeo Princesa Sofia

Mid-March, I flew back to Palma to finally sail my first big event of the year : the Trofeo Princesa Sofia. All the best sailors worldwide were on the entry list. More importantly, this was to be my second big regatta with only senior sailors and for sure it was going to be one of the toughest I had ever sailed.

During the pre-regatta training, we mostly had a nice steady sea breeze… but as ALWAYS, weather conditions became much tougher:  we started the regatta with a wild day with over 35 knots. As the wind was coming from shore, it was very strong and super shifty making it very hard to make decent racing. We ended up staying for over 8 hours on the water just to do 2 races that usually last one hour each. What a tiring way to start the championship!!

The following days were less windy but still more than what I would’ve hoped for! The nice sea breeze basically didn’t show up again so the wind remained stronger and shiftier than usual making the racing very hard for me since I usually catch up on the best sailors with my tactics.

The good thing is that at least I did a few decent starts this time. I even did a race of 8th that got me into the gold fleet. So for the rest of the regatta I was with the 59 top sailors –> I sailed with the hardest fleet I had ever been with. As expected, I really got my ass kicked. The gap between youth sailing and senior sailing is huge. It felt weird going from sailing at the front of the fleet last year (while still in Youth <19) to doing races where I was in the last tier. But I was expecting it so I wasn’t too depressed about it. I know that I need a lot of practice sailing with the senior fleets before I can hope to do better results. In the end I finished 51/117, which isn’t too bad for my very first Trofeo Princesa Sofia. For sure next year I’ll have to do better if I want to qualify for Rio so now… BACK TO WORK!

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Training in Palma

End of March there is a big event held in Palma that all the best sailors worldwide attend – the Trofeo Princesa Sofia  – A must go!

I drove down to Barcelona with my freshly acquired drivers license where I took a ferry to Palma de Mallorca. Even though the trip was very long, I straight away got my boat and myself ready to go on the water.  There were very nice conditions with a sea breeze and some sun.
I ended up joining a group of Laser radial sailors that was doing some races. It was really fun to be able to train on my starts with over 20 boats including some of the best sailors.

During my stay, one of the main sailing clubs in Palma organised a 3-day training regatta. So every day, I was on the water at 12 to do some real races. Since it was a training regatta, I could really focus on my starts without worrying about the end result. Although there is still area for improvement, it was motivating for me to see that a good start immediately got me into the lead group and allowed me to finish my race as 2nd and 7th. I think that my overall speed and tactics are good but starts are key to be at the top of the fleet. It’s really a point that I need to continue working on. Anyways, in the end I didn’t do too bad finishing this regatta 15th/55 boats . Now I’m at home for a few days to rest a bit before going back to Palma to compete at the Trofeo Princesa Sofia.

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Credits to http://www.sailcoach.com and http://www.fochyfum.es for the nice pictures!!

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