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The most equaled Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia – Mapfre in history
OALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN-(6-4-2007) Princess Sofia Trophy
Oalma de Mallorca, Spain - The excellent weather conditions of the Bay of Palma were finally present on the last day of competition and offered spectacular racing in the medal race of the 38 Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia – Mapfre. Only the top ten sailors of each Olympic class sailed in the Medal Race, which scores double points and cannot be discarded. Therefore, due to the great level of the competitors and the equal points in the standings, there was tension in the air. But the S wind, 12 to 14 knots offered great sailing for competitors, spectators and international media representatives.
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Only five classes could sail today due to the heavy showers that left the bay without wind
OALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN-(5-4-2007) Princess Sofia Trophy
Oalma de Mallorca, Spain - Today’s heavy showers in the Bay of Palma left the eight racing areas of the 38 Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia – Mapfre without wind. Only classes Star, Finn, 49er and Tornado completed one race and the Yngling fleet sailed two races before the light morning breeze dropped completely. The SW wind of average 5 knots that blew in the bay of Palma complicated today’s races demanding the competitors’ high tactical knowledge to remain in the top positions of the fleet. The Race Committees also faced problems to lay the courses and get races started.
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The similarity of teams is offering a magnificent show in waters of the bay Palma
OALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN-(4-4-2007) Princess Sofia Trophy
Oalma de Mallorca, Spain - Another excellent day of racing at the 38 Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia – Mapfre for both competitors and the media representatives that have attended the regatta. Classes sailing in groups started today the final series divided in groups gold, silver and bronze. The great and equal level of competitors (with eleven 2005 Olympics medallists, 25 European titles and practically the top ten of each class) is bringing big changes in the partial results.
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Atypical wind
OALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN-(3-4-2007) Princess Sofia Trophy
Oalma de Mallorca, Spain - The 926 boats and 1.487 competitors that participate these days at the 38 Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia – Mapfre had to wait again for the wind, which blew from S-SE between six and fifteen knots, to stabilize in the bay of Palma. The overcast sky with which the day started announced what was going to happen. In some of the eight racing areas the committees made several attempts to give starts but the wind drop and the important wind shifts resulted in invalid starts and new starting procedures.
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The wind blew up to 18 knots and three races were sailed in many classes
OALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN-(3-4-2007) Princess Sofia Trophy
Oalma de Mallorca, Spain - Finally today the wind blew at the 38 Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofía – Mapfre. SW – W , 14 to 18 knots making it possible to sail three races in many classes bringing several changes in the overall results.
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Changeable winds on the first day of racing
PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN-(1-4-2007) Princess Sofia Trophy
Palma de Mallorca, Spain - Changeable winds were seen on the first day of racing at the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia – Mapfre in which all classes were programmed to compete except for the Dragon class. A total of 860 boat sailed out to sea with a forecast that announced embat wind that was light and momentary to drop again and leaving almost the whole bay without wind. Most classes could only sail a quite complicated race today.
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Record number of entries and nations at the 38 Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia – Mapfre
PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN-(31-3-2007) Princess Sofia Trophy
Palma de Mallorca, Spain - The 38 Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia, which is sponsored for a second consecutive year by insurance company MAPFRE, will be held from 30 March to 6 April with record figures: around 1000 boats, 1,600 competitors and up to 52 nations have entered this edition, a considerable increase with respect to last year (852 boats, 1,350 competitors and 38 nations, even more significant if we consider that there was a class less in that edition).
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Internationals in the RS:X; NZL in the Lasers
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND-(10-2-2007) Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland
Auckland, New Zealand - Four races were sailed today for all Olympic classes except the Tornado at Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland 2007. The ISAF Grade 1 regatta being sailed at Kohimarama Yacht Club in Auckland is now half way through, with an increase in breeze expected tomorrow.
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Sunny but shifty on day one
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND-(9-2-2007) Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland
Auckland, New Zealand - Auckland put on a clear sunny day for the start of Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland regatta. The first race of the day got underway in 5-8 knots of easterly breeze, though this collapsed leaving race officials and sailors challenged with light and shifty breeze.
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U.S. Sailors Win Three Gold, One Silver, Two Bronze Medals
MIAMI FL. USA-(27-1-2007) Rolex Miami OCR
Miami Fl. USA - It was a tooth-and-nail day as sailors competing in the finals of US SAILING's 2007 Rolex Miami OCR fought it out on Biscayne Bay for medals in 11 Olympic classes. The sun shone brilliantly and the winds blew 8-10 knots, providing a perfect wrap-up for the competition, which hosted more sailors -- 855 from 49 countries -- than it ever has in its 18 annual runnings. After five days of fleet racing, which concluded yesterday, medalists were determined in three Paralympic classes. The top ten overall finishers in the Olympic classes advanced to today's single medal race, replicating the new Olympic format that will debut in Qingdao, China in 2008.
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One Race Tomorrow, One Last Chance to Win a Medal
MIAMI FL. USA-(26-1-2007) Rolex Miami OCR
Miami Fl. USA - It's down to the wire now at US SAILING's 2007 Rolex Miami OCR, where 855 competitors from 49 countries have completed the five-day fleet racing portion of the competition, and the top ten from the overall standings in each of 11 Olympic classes are preparing for tomorrow's finals.  Following the new Olympic format, the finals will consist of only one
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Inconsistent Conditions Make Sailing a Survival Contest
MIAMI FL. USA-(25-1-2007) Rolex Miami OCR
Miami Fl. USA - Mother Nature threw a nasty curveball at 855 competitors from 49 countries competing today at US SAILING’s 2007 Rolex Miami OCR. In addition to the usual need for tactics and boat speed, a certain level of toughness was required, as sailors battled a wide range of elements on Biscayne Bay. Even for elite sailors who train full-time in their pursuit of Olympic medals, today’s conditions tested their survival skills.
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Wet final day for Olympic Classes Medal Races
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA-(20-1-2007) Sail Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia - The Olympic and Invited Classes Regatta hosted by Sandringham Yacht Club at Sail Melbourne conducted the Medal Races as a finale to the week-long event in very wet conditions.
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Most racing abandoned
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA-(19-1-2007) Sail Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia - In conditions reminiscent of the tropics rather than Southern Australia, most racing was abandoned today at Sandringham Yacht Club, host of the Olympic and Invited Classes Regatta, with hardly a breath of air to be had.
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Light air sailors excel
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA-(18-1-2007) Sail Melbourne
Another hot start to the day at the ISAF Grade 1 Olympic & Invited Classes Regatta being hosted by Sandringham Yacht Club at Sail Melbourne on Day 4.

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From light to honking
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA-(17-1-2007) Sail Melbourne Olymic & invited classes
What started as a steamy light breeze day turned into a typically slightly chilly honking sea breezed afternoon on Port Phillip where the Sail Melbourne Olympic & Invited Classes held their third day of competition.

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Hot wait for the Olympic Classes at day two
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA-(15-1-2007) Sail Melbourne Olymic & invited classes
Melbourne, Australia - The temperature hitting 39 degrees and a light breeze faced competitors for day two of the Sail Melbourne Olympic & Invited Classes at Sandringham Yacht Club today.
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First day with no wind and a hazy sky
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA-(15-1-2007) Sail Melbourne Olymic & invited classes
Melbourne, Australia - No wind and a hazy sky greeted competitors on the first day of the Olympic and Invited Classes Regatta being hosted by Sandringham Yacht Club at Sail Melbourne today.
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Plenty of breeze
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(18-12-2006) Sydney International regatta
Sydney, Australia - Steve Jarvin Motors Sydney International Regatta competitors were greeted today with a 10 knot easterly breeze which built to 20 knots and swung to the nor’ east during the course of day three of racing for the 280 sailors.
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Competition Hots Up
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(17-12-2006) Sydney International regatta
Sydney, Australia - The nine fleets racing at the Steve Jarvin Motors started the second day of racing after being held ashore while the race committees waited for to the breeze to come in and settle.  The fickle easterly breeze made for a tough day on the water with each course having to change their course positions multiple times.
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Sydney International Regatta Gets Underway with over 280 Competitors
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(16-12-2006) Sydney International regatta
Sydney, Australia - A fleet of over 280 competitors from eighteen countries including Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Great Britain, Norway, India, Mexico, Spain, Chile, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Turkey, France, China, Ireland, Canada and Hungary all completed day one of the four days of racing planned for Steve Jarvin Motors Sydney International Regatta 2006.
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The ISAF World Cup Series for Olympic classes will set off in 2008
PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN-(21-11-2006) HRH Princess Sofia Trophy - World Cup
Palma de Mallorca, Spain - The international circuit will be tested in 2007 by the organisation of the six events of the series, with Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia – Mapfre among them
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World Cup Series Gets The Green Light
HELSINKI, FINLAND-(13-11-2006) ISAF World Cup© series for Olympic Classes
Helsinki, Finland - On the final day of ISAF Council meetings at the ISAF Annual Conference in Helsinki, Finland this year’s hot topic, an ISAF World Cup for the Olympic Classes was given the go ahead.
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US SAILING Announces Dates and Locations for 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Sailing
PORTSMOUTH, RI USA-(8-11-2006) US Sailing Olympic Trials
Portsmouth, RI USA - US SAILING, national governing body for the sport, has determined the dates and locations for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Sailing in the 11 events selected for the 2008 Olympic Regatta.
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First of the Medal Race line ups decided
QINGDAO, CHINA-(28-8-2006) Qingdao International Regatta 2006
Qingdao, China - The first of the Medal Race line ups was decided in Qingdao, China today at the Olympic Test Event. Whilst the ten Laser sailors who will compete for the medals at the ISAF Grade 2 Qingdao International Regatta on Wednesday are now known, across the other fleets the pressure is mounting.&
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Day For Reflection
QINGDAO, CHINA-(27-8-2006) Qingdao International Regatta 2006
Qingdao, China - Thunderstorms and winds in the teens were predicted in Qingdao for the Olympic Test Event today, but the calm never became the storm. A light afternoon breeze saw racing get underway on the outer Courses C and D, with Ben AINSLIE (GBR) adding another emphatic bullet to his scorecard.
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Halfway Stage
QINGDAO, CHINA-(26-8-2006) Qingdao International Regatta 2006
Qingdao, China - The rain came down today but it did nothing to dampen the competition as the ISAF Grade 2 Qingdao International Regatta hit the halfway stage. Mixed results across the fleets once again proved that there are plenty of surprises still to come in the first Olympic Test Event.
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France Dominates In Three Events
QINGDAO, CHINA-(25-8-2006) Qingdao International Regatta 2006
Qingdao, China - The last event to get underway at the Qingdao International Regatta, the Women’s Windsurfer event on the RS:X, saw sailors settling a few scores across the race course today, with glory going to defending Olympic Champion Faustine MERRET (FRA), closely pursued by sailors from the host nation, China.
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Defending Gold Medallists Make Their Mark
QINGDAO, CHINA-(24-8-2006) Qingdao International Regatta 2006
Qingdao, China - The defending gold medallists in the Tornado and Finn made their mark at the Qingdao International Regatta today, as Roman HAGARA and Hans Peter STEINACHER (AUT) and Ben AINSLIE (GBR) claimed victory in outstanding style, and marked themselves out as the sailors to beat.
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British Tornados strike as Kiel winds drop
KIEL, GERMANY-(23-6-2006) Kieler Woche - Team GBR
Kiel, Germany - Winds may have reduced from twelve down to six knots for the Olympic classes sailing at Kiel Week on Friday, but the British Tornado team of Leigh McMillan and Will Howden swept in to take second place on the leaderboard.
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Brits still in the hunt at Kiel Week
KIEL, GERMANY-(22-6-2006) Kieler Woche - Team GBR
Kiel, Germany - Day two of Olympic classes sailing action at Kiel Week (21-25 June) brought its share of thrills and spills in the south-westerly 11-25 knot breezes on the Baltic Sea.
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Testing first day for Kiel competitors
KIEL, GERMANY-(21-6-2006) Kieler Woche - Team GBR
Kiel, Germany - Gusty and shifty conditions of 10-25 knots greeted competitors on the first day of Olympic classes sailing at Kiel Week 2006 (21-25 June).
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Super Sunday for Sailing Team Great Britain at final day of Holland Regatta
MEDEMBLIK, NETHERLANDS-(28-5-2006) Holland Regatta
Medemblik, Netherlands - On the last day of this year’s Holland Regatta excellent weather conditions brought a lot of excitement during the Medal Races that were sailed in front of the harbour. Top ten of all eleven Olympic Classes compete for gold, silver and bronze.
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Flying Dutchmen take the lead at Holland Regatta
MEDEMBLIK, NETHERLANDS-(25-5-2006) Holland Regatta
Medemblik, Netherlands - A greater contrast with yesterday was unthinkable today at the second day of the Holland Regatta. As heavy weather caused starts to be delayed until early evening yesterday, today was marked by very light winds. In the afternoon, sailing conditions improved considerably and all planned courses could be sailed.
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Racing resumes on 4th day in light winds
HYÈRES, FRANCE-(26-4-2006) Semaine Olympique Francaise - Hyères
Hyères, France - A quiet blue sea and bright sunshine welcomed the sailors ready to race their 4th day in Hyères.
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The Sofia on target for ISAF Grade 1
PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN-(14-4-2006) Princess Sofia Trophy
Palma de Mallorca, Spain - For the forthcoming edition, the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia has the objective of getting ISAF Grade 1 and therefore, the Organisation is preparing an information dossier on the regatta.
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Neil Pryde RS:X M British sailor is the absolute winner
PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN-(14-4-2006) Princess Sofia Trophy
Palma de Mallorca, Spain - Despite being the winner in the Neil Pryde RS:X M with 25 points advantage over second classified, Nick Dempsey assured today at the end of the medal race, that “it hadn’t been easy to reach the victory”.
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Everything to point for II the PHARO Regatta- XII Barcelona Olympic Sail Week
BARCELONA, SPAIN-(10-3-2006) Barcelona Olympic Sailing Week
Barcelona, Spain - The Federació Catalana de Vela (FCV) is preparing all the details so that next the 31 of March the XII be initiated edition of the Barcelona Olympic Sail Week, (BOSW), II edition of the PHARO Regatta, that a year will count more on the first figures of world-wide the Olympic’ sail, because many sailors have initiated their race to be in the Olympic Regatta of the Games of Beijing.
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Northerly Challenges Fleet
MIAMI, FL. USA-(25-1-2006) Rolex Miami OCR
Miami, FL. USA - As expected, a front came through last evening and 610 sailors from 40 countries at the Rolex Miami OCR woke up to a shifty northerly that promised a tactical day.  After another fruitful day of racing, the cream has risen to the top in the 12 Olympic events and one Paralympic class competing here on Biscayne Bay, but positions are anything but secured.&
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The Trofeo Princesa Sofia adapts the new Olympic competition format
PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN-(25-1-2006) Princess Sofia Trophy
Palma de Mallorca, Spain - The Organising Committee of the 37th Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia has modified the Notice of Race to adapt the new Olympic Classes competition format recently approved by ISAF.
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Rolex Miami OCR: International Field Powers Up
MIAMI, FL. USA-(23-1-2006) Rolex Miami OCR
Miami, FL. USA - For the 610 sailors at US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR, the weather on this opening day couldn't have been more perfect nor the competition more high-caliber.  The morning's brisk breeze slowly lessened through the day and combined with sunny, cloudless skies to form near-perfect conditions on Biscayne Bay, where competition is taking place on seven circles and in ten Olympic classes and one Paralympic class.
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