If some leaders are comfortable with their lead on Day 5 of World Cup Series 1 at Trofeo Princesa Sofía (SSL 1000), it’s now all down to tomorrow’s Medal Race, where only the top 10 boats from the opening series will compete.
In mixed 470, Spain’s Jordi Xammar/ Nora Brugman (20 pts) conserved their leadership over the podium newcomers Luise Wanser/ Philipp Autenrieth (36 pts). The Germans will have to defend their 2nd spot against the consistent French Kevin Peponnet/ Aloïse Retornaz (38 pts) and Italy’s Giacomo Ferrari/ Bianca Caruso (39 pts).
Same story in Nacra17. Italy’s Olympic champion Ruggero Tita/ Caterina Banti (14 pts) is comfortable in their impressive lead over Finland’s Sinem Kurtbay/ Akseli Keskinen (38 pts) and John Gimson/ Anna Burnet (44 pts). The British seem to have found the key to the boat winning the day’s last race, they’re third of the week.
In 49erFX, Dutch pair Odile Van Aanholt/ Annette Duetz (39 pts) continued to dominate the fleet and deepened a 20-point gap between them and Martine Grael/ Kahena Kunze (59 pts). The Brazilian Olympic Champions are just 4 points ahead of Belgian Isaura Maenhaut/ Anouk Geurts (61 pts) and 5 points from Italy’s Jana Germani/ Giorgia Bertuzzi (64 pts).
In 49er, French duo Erwan Fischer/ Clément Pequin (38 pts) were the most regular over this 5th day finishing 1-4-1. „It has been a very good week so far, says Erwan Fischer to StarSailors.com. „We are looking forward to finish the job tomorrow and continue improving for the next event (Olympic Week in Hyeres, April 23-30),“ added his crewmate Clément Pequin. Team USA’s Ian Barrows/ Hans Henken is just a step below (49 pts) followed by Poland’s Mikołaj Staniul/ Jakub Sztorch (60 pts).
Victory is just one race away for Sarah Douglas (16 pts), who has been incredibly performant in Palma, winning 6 out of 10 ILCA6’s races. SSL Team Canada’s helmsman can sail relaxed tomorrow, which won’t be the case for British Hannah Snellgrove (41 pts) and Greek Vasileia Karachaliou (42 pts) seeking Trofeo ILCA6’s 2nd spot.
With a 9-point lead over Germany’s Philipp Buhl (48 pts), British Mickeal Beckett won’t be as comfortable as Sarah Douglas but has a rather cozy margin. Meanwhile, Buhl will feel the pressure from Olympic Champ Matt Wearn (55 pts), who won the last race in front of him and Beckett.
Medal Races will start Saturday, April 9, from 10.00 (CET).
DID YOU KNOW?
Trofeo Princesa Sofia is an SSL 1000-point event that counts for SSL Ranking.
- Competitions are classified into eight categories.
- Each category is granted a number of points to be awarded to the athletes, from 10 to 4000 points – 1000 points at Trofeo Princesa Sofia.
- SSL points are awarded to account for 100% for the first year, 50% for the second year, and 0% for the third year
- The athletes‘ six best results are taken into account according to the system mentioned above (and all local regattas)
- All athletes who complete a round of a regatta included in the Ranking obtain at least one point.