Italian RS:X windsurfer Alessandra Sensini is the overall winner of the 41st Trofeo Princesa Sofía Mapfre, her first event since taking silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
Palma, 2 April: France and Great Britain lead the results of this latest edition of the Sofia Mapfre, the third event of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, with five medals for each country. Spain and The Netherlands also go back home with four medals.
Once again, the absolute winner of the event is an RS:X women sailor. Italian sailor Alessandra Sensini, with a clear dominance throughout the event has become the class and absolute winner followed in second place by 2009 World and European Champion, Spanish sailor, Marina Alabau. Third place on the podium is for Bryony Shaw from Great Britain. Sensini, who hadn’t participated in any event since the 2008 Olympics, didn’t expect to win: “I started training again not so long ago", said the Italian sailor whose goal was to be among the top 5 and “surprisingly, I have won".
Big changes in the RS:X men with Israeli sailor Shahar Zubari dropping of the podium and finishing fourth overall, just one point from third placed Dutch sailor Dorian Van Rjsselberghe. The victory was for Byron Kokkalanis (GRE) with 37 points followed by Tom Ashley from New Zealand.
The 41st Trofeo Princesa Sofía Mapfre comes to an end and gives way to the Semaine Olympique Française in Hyères, next stop of the ISAF Sailing World Cup at the end of April. The Trofeo Sofia Mapfre will be back next year with new dates, 2-9 April 2011, to adapt to the ISAF Sailing World Cup calendar.
Complete results and further information on www.trofeoprincesasofia-mapfre.org