Erdi & Beckett Win Gold at the 53rd Trofeo Princesa Sofía Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca, Spain  The 53rd Trofeo Princesa Sofía Mallorca by Iberostar closed its curtain with the awards ceremony, the finishing touch to an edition with an absolute record number of countries represented (76) and a record number of participants in an Olympic year (more than 1,100). The event served to honor the winners of each Olympic sailing fleet.

The ceremony was held at Ses Voltes, at the foot of the Cathedral of Palma, after six days of intense competition in the waters of the Bay of Palma, in an event that was the first of the Sailing World Cup 2024. Over 1100 sailors from 76 countries competed in the Mallorcan event, organized by the Club Marítimo San Antonio de la Playa (CMSAP), the Club Nàutic S’Arenal (CNA), and the Real Club Náutico de Palma (RCNP), with the collaboration of the Balearic and Spanish sailing federations, and the support of the main Balearic institutions.

The ILCA 6 Podium at 53rd Trofeo Princesa Sofía Mallorca by Iberostar. © Sailing Energy / Princesa Sofía Mallorca

Hungary’s new European Champion Maria Érdi added the Sofía title in the ILCA 6 with a ninth in the Medal Race, which was won by France’s Louise Cervera. Australia’s Zoe Thomson finished second overall and Britain’s young Mathilda Nicholls took her first senior World Cup medal in third.

Maria Erdi After Winning Gold at the 53rd Trofeo Princesa Sofía Mallorca by Iberostar. © Sailing Energy / Princesa Sofía Mallorca

“Palma is always such a high scoring event I knew at the beginning of the week that it was going to be extremely tricky and I would have to fight for every point and we also saw that we would get a variety of conditions and so I knew I would have to just chip away. I did not have a lot of good first mark roundings and so the key was my downwind speed and I perform on the very tricky light winds days when a lot of people score big points. And so I am very proud of my performance over the week over the conditions. Everyone is here, all of the Paris 2024 rivals were here and a lot seemed to be struggling but I am super stoked that my best friend Zoe Thomson finished in second place, it is a dream come true to win here as the first Hungarian athlete with my best friend second is something very special.”

The ILCA 7 Podium at 53rd Trofeo Princesa Sofía Mallorca by Iberostar. © Sailing Energy / Princesa Sofía Mallorca

Britain’s Michael Beckett won first place in the ILCA 7 fleet. Germany’s Philipp Buhl finished second overall, and France’s Jean Baptiste Bernaz took third place.

Beckett’s victory is his third back-to-back in consecutive years at this key indicator event in the Men’s Olympic dinghy. It is achieved from a massive 193 strong fleet that is stacked with all of the recent Olympic and World Championship medal winners. Twenty six year old Beckett’s achievement is all the more impressive as he wins the event with a day to spare, just as he did on these same Palma waters last year.

“Winning this three times in a row really is something very special, not least because it is the first world cup I did ten years ago and honestly then I got hammered. But to come back after the regatta was cancelled in 2021 and win three times in a row is incredible, I am a little bit lost for words and still surprised it is something I have been able to do.” Beckett grinned, “It is such a difficult class, every is here, every comes here and brings their A-game and so to come out on top of an entry of 193 is huge number of people to beat.”

Micky Beckett After Winning Gold at 53rd Trofeo Princesa Sofía Mallorca by Iberostar. © Sailing Energy / Princesa Sofía Mallorca

The Welsh racer added, “Sailing is about details, do the details well, manage the risk well and don’t get distracted from that is the key. And I guess I have managed the risk well this week. I have dug myself out of trouble a few times this week by having good boatspeed, that has helped a lot. And keeping your head out watching ahead is key as this is quite a changeable race track. Compared with the Marseille Olympic race track this is different and it is requires a certain, nuanced skill set. Some things are clearly working for me but there is plenty more to do. I will enjoy this, I will enjoy the Medal Race tomorrow and then get back to work soon.”

He concluded, “I think I do well here because there is usually a mix of conditions, like this time we started with a massive day for example and then what we have had since – whereas I think having the same conditions whatever that is day after day – does not suit me so much.”

53rd Trofeo Princesa Sofía Mallorca by Iberostar. © Sailing Energy / Princesa Sofía Mallorca

The event was presided over by the Minister of the Presidency and Public Administrations of the Government of the Balearic Islands, Antònia Maria Estarellas; the Mayoress of Llucmajor, Francisca Lascolas; and the Councillor for the Environment of Palma City Council, Llorenç Bauzà.

Also in attendance were the president of the Real Federación Española de Vela, Javier Sanz; the president of the Federación Balear de Vela, Cati Darder; the president of the CNA, José Ramón Picó; the president of the CMSAP, Jesús Comas, and the commodore of the RCNP, Jorge Forteza, as well as the director of EMEA Operations of the Iberostar Group, Javier Muñoz.

The 53 Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía Mallorca by Iberostar was held from 29th March to 6th April under the joint organization of the Club Nàutic S’Arenal, the Club Marítimo San Antonio de la Playa, the Real Club Náutico de Palma, the Real Federación Española de Vela and the Federación Balear de Vela, with the support of World Sailing and the main Balearic public institutions.

 

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