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Disappointing performance at Trofeo Princess Sofia for Irish Sailors

Update Day Five Princess Sofia ISAF Sailing World Cup

ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca – Trofeo Princesa Sofia got down to the business end of proceedings  today  as the final series concluded with Saturday 5 April’s Medal Races to decide the honours tomorrow.

Laser Radial

Marit Bouwmeester’s (NED) consistent week of racing paid off as she sealed the deal in the Laser Radial. Bouwmeester only finished out of the top three twice all week and only two seventh place finishes, one of which she discards, scars an excellent score card.

The Dutch sailor tops the leader board on 22 points followed by Finland’s Tuula Tenkanen on 48 points and Evi Van Acker (BEL) on 62 points.
Three races took place on the fifth day of racing with the race victories going to Van Acker, Maria Erdi (HUN) and Marie Barrue (FRA).

A Black Flag took James Espey back in the Laser fleet today resulting in a 41st position overall.

There will not be any Irish sailors competing in the top ten Medal Races tomorrow (Saturday).

Update Day Four Princess Sofia ISAF Sailing World Cup

The strong winds arriving at Palma yesterday proved too little too late for Annalise Murphy.  While she scored three wins in the Laser Radial Silver Fleet, her arch rivals from London 2012 were top scorers in the Gold.  Annalise placed 52nd overall in the combined fleet finish and is lying sixth in the Silver fleet.  Marit Bouwmeester (NED) is still lying first in Gold, having never been out of the top three for the series, with Finland lying second and Evie van Acker of Belgium Third. James Espey the only member of the Irish Squad to make the Laser Gold Fleet, and who is putting in a sterling performance in the huge 144 boat fleet,  slipped to 36th yesterday.

Today is the last day of racing before the Medal Races that will take place tomorrow (Sat).

Update Day Three Princess Sofia ISAF Sailing World Cup

Gold fleet racing at ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca – Trofeo Princesa Sofia commenced on the third day with a mixed bag of conditions thrown out. South east winds reaching 20 knots and regular three metre swells on the race courses closest to Club Nautico s’Arenal were a strong contrast to the light fickle breeze on the race courses by C.M. San Antonio de la Playa on the other side of the bay.

Racing got underway in the Men’s and Women’s 470, 49er, 49erFX, Finn and Nacra 17 with the 2.4mR, Laser, Laser Radial and RSX’s unable to race due to light winds.  With strong breeze present for the six classes that raced it made for an exciting and intense day of racing.

Day Two Racing

To day will see the start of the final gold series of the Princess Sofia Trofeo Olympic Class series at Palma.  James Espey of the RUYC sailing consistently in the qualifying races had excellent results of 10, 13, 8, and 7 which left him in an excellent 24th position out of the 144 boat Laser fleet.  A truly gratifying performance for him.  He is the only Irish sailor from the ISA Olympic squad to make it through to the gold fleet and all the more significant with his performance in light and shifty winds.

Results have been very disappointing for Annalise Murphy finishing  86th out of the 96 boat Laser Radial Fleet and missing out on the final Gold series. In the Laser radial Class Holland’s Marit Bouwmeester and Chloe Martin GBR will battle it out  going into the gold final series in first and second place respectively.

Saskia Tidey and Andrea Brewster finished 44th out of the 50 boat 49erfx fleet.

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