5 competitors have options to win this 68th edition of the oldest competition in the Balearic Islands.
The 68 Trofeo Ciutat de Palma will be decided on the last beat. After the second day of competition the leaders in the Optis have a tie and several sailors are close to victory.
Thomas Sitzmann (USA) leads with 8 points shared with Marc Mesquida (Mallorca), whilst the world lady champion, María Perelló, is only two points behind followed by Richard Schultheis (Malta) with ten points. This group may see Dimitros Bitros (Greece) remount from his 54th place, due to a BFD, and appear upon the favorites for the triumph. After sailing the fifth race he will be able to discard the BFD. He has very good results in the other races; 2 first places and 1 second place.
The rest of the classes are lead by Laura Homar and Mar Fuster(Club Náutic Arenal) in 420, Sergi Albadalejo (Club Náutico de Ibiza) in Europe and Isidro Codoñer (Real Club Náutico de Valencia) in Laser 4.7.
The situation of the leaders in the 420 class is very similar to the Optimist class. Whilst in Laser (after five races) and Europe (4 races) the leaders have an advantage of 11 points over the second places. If they sail controlling their rivals tomorrow they will easily attain victory.
The day rose very shiny and with a soft breeze from the north, reaching in occasions 16 knts of intensity. But the conditions followed the forecast and the wind dropped at 13.50 pm. After the first race of the day and the pending Opti red and blue groups sailed, the race committee decided to postpone on the water. Just before the time limit to begin the starting procedure (15:00) the wind appeared and the race committee made another intent. Finally all races were cancelled due to a 60º wind shift.
Manu Fraga, sports director of the Real Club Náutico de Palma explained how difficult the day had resulted out on the water but was happy with the job and decisions carried out by the Race Committee. “we have done a good job to sail the pending races, and sail the fourth race in all the classes in these complicated shifting conditions. Tomorrow we are expecting 20 knots of wind and hope to complete the days racing schedule.”
Manu Fraga and the American sailor, Thomas Sitzmann, representing the Fishing Bay Yacht Club of Maryland (Virginia), interchanged burgees after racing and “Tommy” thanked the hospitality and good organization of the 68 Trofeo Ciutat de Palma Bufete Frau.
Tomorrow after three days competition the RCNP will organize the prize giving ceremony in the Village at 18:00 h. The winner in the Optimist class will hold the silver Caravelle and his name will then be added to the previous winners engraved on the wooden base of the Trophy.