Over 850 sailors will be ready to fight hard for 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca honours when racing commences on 31 March through to 5 April.
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Fifty nations will be represented across one Paralympic and ten Olympic events at the fourth of five World Cup Regattas of the 2013-2014 series.
Numerous medallists and competitors will resume the battles that started at Qingdao, China in October 2013 progressed through to Melbourne, Australia in December 2013 and heated up in the Miami, USA just weeks ago.
As preparations for the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships step up, sailors will be using Mallorca and the final regatta of the World Cup series in Hyeres, France to hone in on their fitness and skills.
Racing in the 58-board Women’s RS:X fleet will be highly charged with 17 of the world’s top 20 racers set to compete in Mallorca. World #1 Bryony Shaw (GBR) will undoubtedly be the favourite having taken eight podium spots from ten outings since January 2013 and comes into Mallorca off of victory at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami.
Whilst Shaw comes in with good form, one to watch will be Israel’s Maayan Davidovich. The Israeli was consistent throughout 2013 and picked up a bronze at ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao. After a winter break she’s back in action, ready to pick up where she left off,”I’ve just finished my university course so I was a bit busy over the last few months. I had a three week training camp in Spain with my training partner Moana Delle (GER) and our coach.
“This year the season is really long and I am just at the beginning of it and looking forward to the upcoming month. I really look forward to racing in Palma as it’s one of my favourite places and this year it’s my first international race.”
As sailors begin to knuckle down and focus on the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships Davidovich recognises the depth of the Women’s RS:X fleet, “The fleet this year is very strong and it will be interesting to see and race against the other girls. I think that there are many girls in the fleet that could surprise everyone and race well. The level is really high and there is more than a few who can get on the podium.”
One of those eyeing on a podium spot will be Charline Picon (FRA). Picon raced at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, finishing sixth, but it wasn’t all about the result for the French sailor, “I went to Miami for physical training, but not technical,” commented Picon. “It was a bit difficult but interesting to see what I need to work on this year. After Miami I had some great training in Rio and Buzios and then some physical training in the French Alps. I feel good for Palma.”
Men’s RS:X World #1 Ricardo Santos (BRA) and World #2 Ivan Pastor (ESP) will meet for the first time since 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres in Mallorca. The pair have jostled for the World #1 spot throughout 2013 and the spot will up for grabs once again.
Santos and Pastor will be part of an 81-boat Men’s RS:X fleet that includes 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami gold medallist Byron Kokkalanis (GRE), World #3 Ho Tsun Leung (HKG) and British Olympic silver medallist Nick Dempsey.
Racing commences on Monday 31 March across one Paralympic and ten Olympic events at ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca.