Australian sailors will get their first taste of European competition for the new Olympic cycle when racing begins at the ISAF Sailing World Cup round in Spain on Monday.
Australian Laser sailing after Slingsby
Palma is the third round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, following events in Melbourne and Miami, with 15 Australian crews making the trip to Spain for the event.
Five Australian sailors will line up in the Laser fleet, including current world number one Tom Burton. Burton finished on the podium in Spain last year and comes into the event in form having just won the Mussanah Race Week in Oman, and the Australian Laser Championships and Sail Melbourne prior to that.
Burton will be joined in Spain by Australian team mates Ashley Brunning, Ryan Palk, Jared West and Matthew Wearn.
Queensland sailor Ashley Stoddart will be the sole Australian in the Laser Radial fleet.
Racing begins in Palma on Monday 1 April and continues until Saturday 6 April.
For more information on the Australian Sailing Team visit www.australiansailingteam.com.au