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Olympic Women's Match Racers Ready to Compete in Palma
All of the Olympic hopefuls for Women’s Match Racing will be in Palma de Mallorca, Spain this coming week for the 43rd Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia MAPFRE.
By: WIMRA Press Office
Sailing out of the Real Club Nautico de Palma (RCNP), the eighteen teams will sail initial stage round robins to seed the knock-out stages for the top eight and ultimately the series between the final pair to determine the champion on Saturday.
An additional plot line for this event and the Semaine Olympique Francaise in Hyeres next month is that although the twelve nations who will be competing in the 2012 London Olympics in Women’s Match Racing have been determined, three countries have yet to select who will represent them: Spain (ESP), the Netherlands (NED), and the United States (USA). Spain will use the results from Palma and Hyeres while the Dutch and Americans will hold trials in May in Weymouth.
The field will be extremely competitive as all of the Olympic hopefuls will be competing in Palma. Amongst the favorites are the top five on the ISAF Women’s World Match Racing Ranking list: Anna Tunnicliffe (USA), Lucy Macgregor (GBR), Claire Leroy (FRA), Sally Barkow (USA), and Ekaterina Skudina (RUS).
The defending champion from the 2011 Trofeo Princesa Sofia, Sally Barkow (USA), is looking forward to racing in Palma: ‘It is a new year and all the teams are more focused and have improved so we are excited for some close racing. With our trials about a month away it will be a good event for us to start sharpening our skills and preparing. We have been training in Cadiz where is has been blowing 20-30 knots for the past week, so we have been working on our heavy air sailing, but after looking at the forecast in Palma, not sure this training will pay off too much for this event. None the less we are really looking forward to arriving in beautiful Palma, to experience the sights and have some great racing.”
Winner of the Rolex Miami OCR in January, Lucy Macgregor (GBR), feels good about the team’s preparation:
Current World Champion and Beijing Olympic Gold medalist, Anna Tunnicliffe (USA), is looking forward to seeing if the months of training will pay off: “We are looking forward to seeing everyone again. It is the first stop back after a long break, so everyone will be keen to get racing. We are leading into our trials in just over a month and this will show us where our preparation has gotten us to and what we need to fine tune going forward. We are always excited to go to Palma - generally the weather is very nice, the race committee does a fantastic job, and everyone is very welcoming. Together this makes it a great event.’
The teams will compete in equally matched event-provided Elliott 6m keelboats - the same boats that will be used in the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition in Weymouth, England.
Racing begins on Monday, 2 April, in Palma and continues through Saturday, 7 April. For more information, please visit http://wimra.org or http://www.trofeoprincesasofia.org.
This press release was prepared by the Women's International Match Racing Association (WIMRA). WIMRA can be found at http://www.WIMRA.org and http://www.Facebook.com/
Contact the WIMRA Press Office at PressOffice (at) wimra.org
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The Women's International Match Racing Association was formed in 1996 to promote, coordinate and supervise women's international match-race sailing and support the inclusion of a Women's Match-Racing Event in the Olympic Games.