British and French teams dominate the Arenal Training Camps Trophy
The success of this International event organised by Club Nàutic S’Arenal proves everything is ready for the Trofeo Princesa Sofia – ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca in the bay of Palma
Mallorca (Spain), 16 March 2014.- British teams –with two gold places, two silvers and one bronze – and French athletes –with one gold, three silvers and one bronze- have been the dominating nations at the Arenal Training Camps Trophy for Olympic Classes, an event organized by Club Nàutic S’Arenal as incentive for the International teams that chose the bay of Palma, in Mallorca, for their winter training and as preparation in the lead up to the Trofeo Princesa Sofia, the next to last event of the ISAF Sailing World Cup.
In the new Olympic multihull, the Nacra 17, Spanish team Íker Martínez and Tara Pacheco claimed the title of the Arenal Training Camps Trophy after almost three perfect days of racing. Having finished fourth in Miami, the team formed by twice 49er Olympic medallist and the 470 World champion took the lead of the standings from day one and remained at the top of the leader board right to the last day with six bullets. Second place was for French sailors Billy Besson and Marie Riou, followed by Austrian team Thomas Zajac and Tanja Frank. Sixth place was for the prestigious Oceanic sailor and French record man Franck Cammas, sailing with Sophie Turckheim.
Spanish victory also in Laser Standard, with Jesús Rogel as leader of a 36 boat fleet. Second and third places were for Italian sailors Marco Gallo and Francesco Marrai.
In 470 men, Argentinian team Lucas Calabrese and Juan de la Fuente claimed victory with second and third overall places going to French teams Nicolas Charbonnier and Nebout Achille; and Sofian Bouvet and Jeremie Mion respectively.
A comfortable lead in 49er for British team Dave Evans and Ed Powys followed by also British sailors Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign in second place. Third place overall was for team Nico Luca Marc delle Karth and Nikolaus Leopold Resch from Austria.
A tight battle was seen in the Laser Radial with final victory for Swedish sailor Josefin Olsson at only one point from second Finnish sailor Tuula Tenkanen. Third place of the podium was for Danish sailor Anna Marie Rindom.
Brazil has been the clear leader in 49er FX with team Martine Soffiatti and Kahena Kunze claiming victory. Great Britain and The Netherlands took second and third overall with British team Kate MacGregor and Katrina Best and Dutch sailors Ameniek Bekkering and Annette Duetz.
Camille Lecointre and Helene Defrance from France won in 470 women followed by Polish team Agnieszka Skrzypulec and Natalia Wojcik and British sailors Mills and Saskia Clark, second and third overall.
Victory also for Great Britain in the Finn class with Ben Cornish at the top of the leader board. Cornish was joined on the podium places by French sailor Thomas Le Breton and Giorgio Poggi from Italy.
The eighth edition of the Arenal Training Camps Trophy was sailed in light to average winds, six to twelve knots with many changes in direction; conditions that put to the test the 450 sailors that lined up at this International event organised by Club Nàutic S’Arenal as incentive for the International teams in Palma for their winter training and as preparation for the Trofeo Princesa Sofia Trofeo Princesa Sofia, to be held in less than two weeks –from 29th March to 5th April- in the bay of Palma.
Overall results available at: http://trophy.arenaltrainingcamps.com/en/default/races/race
Images: Jesús Renedo