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Mar 28 2014

Ready To Battle For The Princesa Sofia Trophy ISAF Sailing World Cup

Palma is a place appreciated by most of the sailors because of the favorable sailing conditions and intense competition and it will be one of the events national coaches use as a selection for who is representing their country at the world championships in Santander and eventually Rio.

The almost 1,200 sailors from 60 nations that take part from Sunday at the 45 Trofeo Princesa Sofía, fourth and next to last stage of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, are getting ready to battle for the precious prize of the Majorcan regatta, a silver Trophy with the names of the absolute winners engraved on it.

In Finn class Ben Ainslie's retirement from Olympic Sailing gives way to new names. Australian sailor Oliver Tweddell, the current leader of the Class World rankings as well as British sailor Andrew Mills are two of the candidates to take Ainslie's place in the class.

In 49er Germany´s Heil/Plößel are always good for a top three finish, the second top boat in the fleet are Marinepool athletes Delle Karth/Resch from Austria.

One of the most interesting classes from a Marinepool perspective is the Nacra 17 class where the Marinepool racing stable has three boats with great potential on the starting line. First and foremost reigning world champions Besson Riou (FRA) who will battle with world #2 ranked Cajak/Frank (AUT). An interesting pairing is coming back to the Olympic circuit: Greek 470 gold medallist Sofia Bekatorou has formed a team with multiple Tornado world champion Kostas Trigonis and the two will be a formidable force.

Big changes in the Laser standard fleet since the London 2012 Olympics. Pavlos Kontides, silver for Cyprus at the last Olympics is currently in fourth place of the class ranking list and battling against Tonci Stipanovic (Croatia), Tom Burton (Australia) and Bruno Fontes (Brazil) towards Río 2016. Marinepool partner Sailing Team Germany also has a top contender in the game with world championship bronze medallist and German "Sailor or the Year" Philipp Buhl.

The battle for the Laser Radial podium places will be among three sailors that have long experience on being at the top of the leader board at the ISAF Sailing World Cup events. Dongshuang Zhang from China won gold at the 2013 Qingdao ISAF Sailing World Cup event in China; Tatiana Drozdovskaya from Belorussia finished first at the ISAF SWC held in December 2013 in Melbourne (Australia); and US sailor Page Railey arrives in Mallorca after winning in Miami last February.

The RS:X men looks for a new Olympic champion. Brazilian sailor Ricardo Santos, Spanish sailor Ivan Pastor and Ho Tsun Leung from Hong Kong are at present the big three names in the fleet. Marinepool´s hopes rest on German top athlete Toni Wilhelm.

In the RS:X women all the interest will be focussed on the return of Marina Alabau to the fleet. The gold medallist in London 2012 will sail again the RS:X after having her first child and hoping to achieve enough level to repeat the Olympic victory. Her closest rivals will be British sailor Bryony Shaw and Italian sailor Flavia Tartaglini, the current number one and two of the class world rankings, while Moana Delle of Sailing Team Germany is also hot (no pun intended) contender for a podium finish.

In 2.4m Heiko Kröger will try to continue his great form.

In 470 Marinepool athletes Jérémie Mion and Sofian Bouvet in men and Austrian Vadlau/Ogar in the women category are among the absolute favorites.

Good luck and fair winds to the Marinepool Racing Team!

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Jérémie Mion and Sofian Bouvet - © Jacques Vapillon