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The Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia – Tom Ashley makes a good start in RS:X class

Racing is underway for members of the NZL Sailing Team competing at Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE 2010 Regatta in Palma de Majorca, Spain, the opener on the 2010 Olympic class European circuit. Light and unstable winds, in the order of 6-8 knots, prevailed across the race courses on day one.

Tom Ashley (pictured left) has made a strong start in the Men’s RS:X board sailing sitting in third place overall after two races sailed today. In a fleet of 72 the reigning Olympic champion placed 3rd in race one and 6th in race two giving him a total of nine points at this early stage in the six day regatta.

Shahar Zubari (ISR), bronze medallist in the 2008 Olympic Games, takes the early lead in the Men’s RS:X with two bullets on the first day of racing.

Men’s – 72 entries
Tom Ashley – 3rd
Antonio Cozzolino – 37th
Women’s – 41 entries
Kate Ellingham – 13th
Jazmine Lynch – 37th

About this Regatta:

The numbers for 2010:
680 boats
1,000 sailors
40 nations

The Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia – MAPFRE is held in Majorca, in the renowned bay of Palma, every year around Easter and will celebrate its 41st anniversary in 2010. It is the third of seven events in the 2009-10 ISAF Sailing World Cup series.

The Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia – MAPFRE is the starting point of the European sailing season every year. The ten Olympic sailing events are joined by the Dragon fleet as invited class.

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