In effect the publication of the Notice of Race serves as the starting signal for the 53rd edition of the Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mallorca by Iberostar which will be held from 29th March to 6th April on the Bay of Palma. The prestigious showcase regatta will be the first qualifying event for the World Cup Series 2024 and will be the first big test of the season which culminates in the Paris Olympics.
With exactly one hundred days to go until the start of the 53 Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mallorca by Iberostar, the Organising Committee has just published the Notice of Race. The first major international Olympic class event of the year will once again be jointly organised by the Real Club Náutico de Palma, the Club Náutic S’Arenal, the Club Marítimo San Antonio de la Playa, the Federación Balear de Vela and the Real Federación Española de Vela.
Ferran Muniesa, technical director of the Trofeo Princesa Sofía Mallorca by Iberostar, explains: “This shared joint organization really is the secret of the Sofía’s success. An event of such a scale is only possible thanks to the efforts of the three clubs, the commitment of the very many people who make up the organisation and the support of all the institutions, sponsors and collaborators involved. We do everything we can for the sailors and for the sport of sailing, and it is a great responsibility that we take on with rigour, professionalism and passion.”
They will all be there
The publication of the Notice of Race officially opens the registration period. After the success of the record edition of 2023, which brought together nearly a thousand boats and 1,300 sailors in the Bay of Palma, the organisers are expecting a fleet of the highest quality. The best in the world will compete on the Bay of Palma.
Muniesa believes: “All Olympic eyes will be on the Sofia, it’s like the official training for the Games. This year, the calendar is more complicated, because as the Games are in summer, many world championships have had to bring their dates forward. This will mean that there will be fewer people than usual in the weeks leading up to the event. Even so, we hope that everyone will come to Palma for the Sofia, the first regatta of the year where all the classes and teams come together. It is an honour and a source of pride for us.”
The ten classes for Paris 2024
The 53 Trofeo Princesa Sofía Mallorca by Iberostar brings together the ten sailing disciplines of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The women’s ILCA 6, 49er FX, IQFoil and Formula Kite; the men’s ILCA 7, 49er, IQFoil and Formula Kite; and the mixed 470 and Nacra 17 will compete in the Bay of Palma. The competition will take place between Monday, April 1st and Saturday, April 6th, when the Medal Races and Medal Series (depending on the class) will decide the champions of the 53rd Trofeo Princesa Sofía Mallorca. The regatta will open the World Cup Series 2024, the world league of Olympic classes.
The Notice of Race for the 53rd Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mallorca by Iberostar is available on the regatta’s official website (www.trofeoprincesasofia.org).
The 53 Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mallorca by Iberostar has the backing of World Sailing and the main Balearic public institutions.