PALMA DE MALLORCA, ESP (#1206) – Several FOSI (Friends of Sailing Illustrated) and other sources in Spain and beyond have now confirmed our assumption when we saw this video earlier today – that a race committee signal boat went on the rocks, either on the way out to, or back from, the race course at the Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar today, the last day of the regatta.
Moreover, one hears from a normally highly reliable source in Mallorca covering the regatta that, mid-morning as the race boats were being sent out, an announcement was made that the regatta would downsize to only two course areas. Initially there were to be three course areas with three or four starts on each.
Apparently after the incident in the video above, the organizers combined all ten starts onto two courses.
However, in the end the 49er, 49er FX and Nacra did not race because of wind in the low 20s and resultant rough seas. The other seven classes rollicked in the "muscular conditions" – words used in the event press release.
What's that say about those other three classes? Indeed, what's it say about our sport when some of the Olympic classes with the world's best sailors can't handle these most telegenic and "muscular" conditions?
Back to the RC boat, which we also heard, and now see, was left high and dry as the tide went out. Hopefully no one was injured, aside from their navigational and/or boat handling pride.
RCNP: A rocky day for the one of the race committee signal boats of the otherwise esteemed Real Club Nautico de Palma, organizers of the Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar Olympic classes regatta that concluded in Mallorca today.