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North Sails Sweeps 2022 Trofeo Princesa Sofía Mallorca Podium
The new North Sails 49er and 49erFX class 3Di sails which will be used in the 2024 Paris Olympics made their debut at the 51st Trofeo Princesa Sofía Mallorca. As the first event for the 2022 Hempel World Cup Series, the regatta demonstrated the potential of the North Sails 3Di sail inventory with the varied range of conditions that the Bay of Palma presented for the first major Olympic class regatta since Tokyo 2020.
At the beginning of 2021, North Sails was chosen as the official supplier of sails for the 49er and 49erFX classes for the Olympic cycle in Paris 2024. After the Tokyo 2020 Games, a short and intense transition process began to design and create the next set of sails that would unify the arsenal of contenders for Olympic glory, with all Olympic 49er and 49erFX racing North Sails 3Di sails. In the opinion of Blair Tuke, current 49er Olympic and World Champion, “This is the first time that an Olympic class is able to choose equipment that optimizes performance, consistency and longevity with a low environmental impact, all in one package.”
The race to Paris began in Mallorca.
Overcoming the Tokyo hangover, the teams began preparation in a shortened cycle, which went from the usual four years to just over three years. The world health situation did not help either, making it necessary to wait until April 2022 to celebrate the first event of the Hempel World Cup Series. The 51st Trofeo Princesa Sofía Mallorca saw many 49er and 49erFX teams premier their North Sails 3Di sails in competition.
The 49erFX fleet brought together 56 boats from 23 nationalities, including the top contenders for Olympic glory in the upcoming Games. After five intense days of competition with varying wind and wave conditions in which 13 races were held (including the Medal Race), Odile Van Aanholt and Annette Duetz achieved a hard-fought win using the new North Sails 3Di inventory that will soon be required. The premiere of the new material helped the Dutch prevail over the current Olympic champions, the Brazilians Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze, who also competed with the spectacular black 3Di sails, as well as the third place team of Italy’s Jana Germani and Gloria Bertuzzi.
Nine of the ten medal race boats competed with the new North Sails 3Di sails, an excellent debut in the race to Paris 2024.
The next qualifying event for the 2022 Hempel World Cup Series, the Allianz Regatta will bring together the 49er and 49erFX fleets in Amsterdam, will take place from May 31 to June 5.
Learn more about why 3Di tested better than paneled sails during the rigorous testing process here.