Howth Yacht Club’s Ewan McMahon tenth at the Mallorca Sailing Center Practice Regatta

The Mallorca Sailing Center training regatta for the Olympic classes ended this weekend with Howth Yacht Club’s Ewan McMahon finishing 10th overall after eight races contested in an ILCA 7/Laser fleet of 66 attendees.

National Yacht Club’s Finn Lynch had a spotty record, despite scoring a three in race four he was out of three more races in the series.

Freya Black and Saskia Tidey of the Royal Irish Yacht Club finished 13th in their new Team GB partnership for Paris.

The Mallorca Sailing Center Regatta has reaffirmed the Bay of Palma’s status as one of the world’s benchmarks for Olympic-class sailing competition. Nearly 280 sailors took advantage of three intense days of racing in this traditional training regatta to familiarize themselves with the scenario in which they will participate in the 51st Trofeo Princesa Sofía Mallorca.

The Greeks Vasileia Karachaliou (ILCA 6), the British Matt Beckett (ILCA 7), the Spaniards Jordi Xammar and Nora Brugman (470 Mixed), the Poles Domonik Buksak and Szymon Wierzbicki (49er), the Brazilians Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (FX ) and Denmark’s Natacha Saouma-Pedersen and Mathias Bruun (Nacra) climbed to the top places in their respective classes during the Mallorca Sailing Center Regatta. The massive practice regatta that is Princesa Sofía Mallorca’s warm-up brought together 280 crews to race in the Bay of Palma last weekend for three days of tune-up in full competition mode.

“It was a great exercise,” said Ferrán Muniesa, from Club Nàutic S’Arenal. “We were able to do a lot of regattas and the bay gave us two days of typical southerly wind conditions and one, on Saturday, a rougher day, with westerly winds and showers. It’s true that it’s t was a practice regatta but there was a real competitive advantage in each division, nobody likes to lose, especially the champions. It was especially interesting to see that several boats were using the new Olympic equipment for the first time, how the teams took advantage of this training to measure the speeds, and the presence of coaches on the course to record and write down everything”.

The focus will now be on the full Trofeo Princesa Sofia from April 1-9, the first marquee event of the 2022 Hempel World Cup Series with an entry of 700 boats expected.

ILCA 6 – Final leader after 6 races (73 registered)
1st POR 218913 Vasileia KARACHALIOU – – 17 pts
2nd NED 213474 Mirthe AKKERMAN – – 22 pts
3rd NED 211391 Maxime JONKER – – 23 pts

ILCA 7 – Final leader after 6 races (66 registered)
1st GBR 7 Matt BECKETT – – 36 pts
2nd ITA 21 Lorenzo CHIAVARINI – – 38 pts
3rd BEL 217953 Wannes VAN LAER – – 44 pts

470 Mixed – Final leader after 6 races (43 entries)
1st ESP 44 Jordi XAMMAR and Nora BRUGMAN – – 19 pts
2nd AUT 1 Lara VADLAU and Lukas MAEHR – – 36 pts
3rd ITA 5 Marco GRADONI and Alessandra DUBBINI – – 47

49er Men – Finals leaders after 6 races (53 entries)
1st POL 19 Dominik BUKSAK and Szymon WIERZBICKI – – 23 pts
2nd DEN 3 Frederik RASK and Skovshoved sejlklub – – 24 pts
3rd FRA 16 Erwan FISCHER and CléPEQUIN – – 30 pts

49erFX Women – Finals leaders after 6 races (39 entries)
1st BRA 12 Martine Soffiatti Grael GRAEL and Kahena KUNZE – – 28 pts
2nd ITA 10 Jana GERMANI and Giorgia BERTUZZI – – 44 pts
3rd SWE 77 Vilma BOBECK and Rebecca NETZLER – – 57 pts

Nacra17 Mixed – Final leader after 6 races (12 registered)
1st DEN 31 Natacha Violet SAOUMA-PEDERSEN and Mathias Bruun BORRESKOV – – 9 pts
2nd FRA 51 Billy BESSON and Noa ANCIAN – – 16 pts
3rd SWE 439 Emil JÄRUDD and Hanna JONSSON – – 17 pts

Full results here

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