Palma di Maiorca – The Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar will kick off on 30 th March but a large number of teams are already in Mallorca getting ready for the event and starting their sailing seasons. A total of 438 sailors from 27 nations are already based at the Club Nàutic s’Arenal (CNA) and Club Marítimo San Antonio de la Playa (CMSAP) venues and their sails fill the bay of Palma.
The conditions offered by Mallorca for the practice of water sports throughout the year as well as the services offered by the Sofia Iberostar organising clubs have encouraged another year the visit of the major European teams to the island. “The secret lies in making things easy for everyone” points out Ferrán Muniesa, Sofía Iberostar CEO and CNA manager. “For instance, this year, the full German team is here and they have organised a training camp with the Olympic and Youth squads”, explains Muniesa.
Last weekend, the bay of Palma hosted the Mallorca Sailing Center regatta, a training event created under the umbrella of the Sofía Iberostar as the Arenal Training Camps and which has been co-organised this year by CNA and CMSAP.
The hosting of so many teams for such a long period is a challenge faced with enthusiasm by Arenal and Can Pastilla: “It is good for Mallorca to have people here the whole year. And the Sofía Iberostar contributes to having so many people; we all win”, points out Muniesa who acknowledges that having two venues and the beach areas “is of great help as far as logistics and organisation are concerned”.
This year the Spanish pre-Olympic team has also decided to organise a training camp in Mallorca and warm up for both the Sofía Iberostar as well as the World Cup Series in Hyères. The Race Manager recalls that “in some editions only part of the national team attended the regatta and they were missed”; that is why Muniesa adds that the Organisation “is very pleased to have the full national team training in Mallorca”.
Organised by Club Nàutic S’Arenal, Club Marítimo San Antonio de la Playa, Real Club Náutico de Palma and the Balearic and Spanish Sailing federations, the 49 Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar is sponsored by Iberostar and the event collaborators are Trasmediterranea, Marine Pool and Europcar, besides the Balearic Islands government through the Balearic Tourism Agency, Palma and Llucmajor City Councils.