The famous Bay of Palma dealt the armada of over 800 boats competing at the 47th Trofeo Princesa Sofia IBEROSTAR a full range of different breezes, just what was really wanted by those sailors who have their courses set towards the 2016 Olympic regatta in Rio.
For the first time Spain’s showcase Olympic event offered European countries their last opportunity to qualify their nation for the Olympics. For other sailors it was a selection trials event. And for very many, the traditional curtain raiser to the European Olympic classes season, was a chance to polish their skills in a high pressure, big fleets situation.
Road to Rio 2016: Maloney and Tenkanen rocks at Princesa Sofia
In the Laser Standard fleet Andy Maloney NZL could defend lead obtained within the middle of week and finally won tournament with 57 points.
I was looking to sail consistently this weel which I did. I was trying to start better and try and sail risk free. And today i wanted to treat it like the Olympics. Only Tonci could beat me and so I had to cover him and so I exectuted that strategy well.
With Maloney and Stipanovic battling for the first place of trophy in the last race (Maloney ended in 10th and Stipanovic in 9th), brazilian Robert Scheidt BRA had the chance to go for victory in the Medal Race and finally close competition in 2nd, 6 points ahead of Tonci Stipanovic CRO in 3rd.
I am happy with my week. I did not start so well. Day 3 was bad. But to bounce back and finish strong is good for me. The fleet is very tough. I have certain details to improve, starts, light airs, some manoeuvres. You can always keep improving, especially in a very physical boat like the Laser where you have to keep training, you have to work the whole time.
152 athletes participated of this championship.
In the Laser Radial class, Finland’s Tuula Tenkanen FIN scored her first big European regatta win leaving Belgium’s 2012 bronze medalist Evi Van Acker BEL in second, and Anne-Marie Rindom DEN in third. Mathilde de Kerangat FRA was the Medal Race winner, finally ranked in 9th place overall.
Today was a bit difficult for me, ranking eighth in the Medal, but I am satisfied after all. I have been many times in positions two to six, but I have never won such a tough race. This is nice.
84 laserists participated of this fleet.