ISAF go back to basics(ish) for Sofia Mapfre event

Following tests at the Miami event, the ISAF concluded “there were too many differences in the racing format in each class” a fact that caused important problems to the scoring system. And some ideas such as "the winner of the last race is the overall winner” – tested by the windsurfers or sailing three medal races as for the Laser and Laser Radial have also been discarded. It has now been decided to unify the format criteria starting at the next ISAF event, the Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre, to be held in the Bay of Palma from 30 March to 6 April.

The approximately 800 sailors that will take part at the Sofia Mapfre, the only Spanish event of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, will sail qualifying and final series – with one discard, like they did last year and at the London 2012 Olympics. (but read on for plenty of other changes . . . )

Paul Goodison at Palma in 2012Click image for a larger image

But two main novelties which were successful in Miami will be introduced at the SWC Palma. On one hand, the qualifying series score as one of the final series races, rule already proposed for Rio 2016.

On the other hand, two medal races - final races always scoring double points, non-discardable and reserved to the top ten sailors - will be sailed in all classes except for the 49er and 49er FX. The 49er classes will sail four Stadium Races, of ten minutes duration instead of thirty and reserved to the top eight and with single scoring; with four non-discardable races.

John Pink and Rick Peacock at Palma in 2012Click image for a larger image

The results of the now called Final Day will be added to the results of the final series (which already include the qualifying series as one race) to decide the final overall results and podium.

For the monotypes both the qualifying and the final series will consist of six races of 50 minutes duration (in the final series, one of these six races is the one resulting from the qualifying series).

While the 49er, 49er FX and Nacra (the new mixed multihull) will sail 30 minute races, nine in the qualifying series and six (plus one carried forward from the preceding round) for the finals.

Another big change is to be seen in the scoring system. Every single win scores 0 points instead of 1, while second classified scores 2, third scores 3 points and so on. This rule makes single wins more important but it has not yet been decided if it will be used in Río 2016.

ISAF will evaluate this racing format at the Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre and with the sailors’ feedback will make the necessary amendments towards the next SWC regatta to be held in Hyères, France.

Note that the Skud 18, Sonar and Kiteboarding events are cancelled.

G New
8 March 2013 16:18 GMT


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