The United States Joins the Olympic Community >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

With 62 nations represented, 1,093 competitors with 843 boats have set up camp in Palma de Mallorca for the biggest Olympic-class regatta since the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Part of the Hempel World Cup series, the popular Princesa Sofía regatta is back after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, and the boat park is buzzing ahead of the first of two regattas in 2022 which brings together all Olympic-class boats in one place.

With races taking place April 4-9 in Spain’s resort town, the US contingent includes both campaign veterans and Palma newbies, as the USA Sailing Team and Olympic Development Program offer a wide range of lenses on the water.

“Our team is still looking forward to the cooperative training and racing period in March here in Palma,” said USST head coach Luther Carpenter. “It’s the ‘spring opening’ to assess our team’s skills and get in touch with the great Olympic sailing community.

“We have 45 sailors and coaches here, which is a strong representation of American sailing. The event provides a great opportunity to sharpen the dynamics of collaboration, education and learning. Each sailor is focused on specific goals on their way to the Paris 2024 Olympics.”

A handful of athletes have spent a lot of time in Mallorca preparing for this week’s regatta, including Ian Barrows and Hans Henken:

“We’ve been in Palma since March 5 to acclimatize to the ‘Palma’ site and find a rhythm with the weather cycles,” said Henken, a field 49er athlete with the USA Sailing Team. “So far we have sailed every day we intended to do, we were able to set clear goals for each session on the water. We feel that we have prepared well for the event.

The 49er and FX classes have officially begun the transition to 3Di sail technology and new rigs. The 2022 Princesa Sofía will see a mix of traditional and 3Di sails on the water, and Roble/Shea will be one of the boats sporting the sleek black sails.

“It was really important for our team to come to Palma because the 49ers and FX have new sails and new rigs, so we’re interested to see how everyone approaches the new equipment,” the coach said. from 49erFX, Giulia Conti. “We’re trying different things and watching our competition as we come to conclusions on how best to set ourselves up for success with the new equipment.”

On Team Roble/Shea’s approach to the regatta, Steph Roble said: “We are aiming to work on our racing processes in Palma. After taking a long time after the Games and with Maggie’s operation, we will have some rust to shake off on the racetrack as well as with our race communication. We’re excited to be racing again and looking forward to learning a lot this week.

US Sailing Team:
• Ian Barrows / Hans Henken, 49er
• Andrew Mollerus / Ian MacDiarmid, 49er
• Daniela Moroz, Kite Formula
• Louisa Nordström / Trevor Bornarth, 470
• Pedro Pascual, iQFOiL
• Steph Roble/Maggie Shea, 49erFX

Olympic Development Program:
• Kai Calder, Kite Package
• Noah Runciman, formula kite
• Christina Sakellaris, ILCA 6
• Chris Williford / Duncan Williford, 49er

Other participating U.S. sailors:
• Kelly Cole/Ellie Glenn, 49erFX
• Carson Crain/Caroline Atwood, Nacra 17
• Lilly Myers, ILCA 6
• Lucy Wilmot / Erika Reineke, 49erFX

Ten Olympic events will begin with a staggered schedule:
April 4 – First day of racing for ILCA 6 & 7, 470, iQFOiL
April 5 – First day of racing for 49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17, Formula Kites

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2022 Hempel World Cup Series:
April 4-9 – Hempel World Cup Series Palma (Princess Sofía Regatta), Spain
May 31-June 5 – Hempel World Cup Series Amsterdam (Allianz Regatta), Netherlands
TBC – Hempel World Cup Marseille, France

The Hempel World Cup Series is the definitive annual circuit for the world’s best sailors and Olympic hopefuls. Reflecting the Olympic style of sailing in terms of format, duration and fleet size, the World Cup Series visits prestigious venues around the world at all stages of the four-year Olympic cycle, supporting athletes in their quest to qualify for the Games and connecting fans with the sport’s best sailors.

Source: United States Sailing Team

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