The arrival of US military air carrier “Harry S. Truman” in the Bay of Palma has transformed the organisation of Thursday’s races in a big jigsaw puzzle at the 45 Trofeo Princesa Sofia, in which 1130 sailors from 55 nations are participating, with Olympic medallists and World and continental champions on the way to the Río 2016 Olympics among them.
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The “Harry S. Truman” has arrived Thursday in Palma and will be anchored here until Sunday which will affect the Sofia today and tomorrow. Saturday, last day of racing, the Medal Races will be sailed to decide the places on the podium. These decisive races will be sailed in three racing areas close to shore, so the air carrier will have no impact on the racing.
With almost 6.000 Us militaries on board, the “Harry S. Truman” is 332,8 meter long and 40,8 wide in the water line, although its maximum beam on deck in 78 metres.
With 25.958 square metre in the flight deck, the US vessel could carry four full fleets of the Princesa Sofia, whose 803 boats (ten Olympic classes and one Paralympic class) would occupy 6.510 square metres if placed one next to the other.
With almost 1.200 sailors representing 55 nations, the Trofeo Princesa Sofia is the Spanish event with the highest number of entries. It is the fourth stage of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, the prestigious Olympic World Cup that has already visited Qingdao (China), Melbourne (Australia) and Miami (United States). The last event of the circuit is Hyères (France) at the end of April.
3 April 2014 19:10 GMT