Every year, 2 weeks prior the Sofia World Cup event, one of the organizing clubs, Club Nautic S’Arenal, offers to all the sailors that train in Mallorca a different kind of racing:
Arenal Training Camps Trophy.The rules of the competition allow the coaches to enter in the regatta field at any point to exchange suggestions with their sailors. Materials are allowed to be tested and changed, without informing the Regattas Committee. Also, those who prefer, can participate in just some of the trials, signing up even if the competition has already started. The fee is NOTHING. All free, and they have free food after racing and a t-shirt. No sponsorship, almost no PR, just for the sailors.
The result: 500 sailors from 29 countries, including, for example , the last Nacra 17 Worlds top 5 boats, with Frank Cammas and his big friend and VOLVO rival Iker Martinez in the fleet. I have seen 49er guys sailing in 49er fx boats with the girls, crews exchanging boats to test and see different options.. it’s really amazing, all organised by a couple of young guys, Ferran and Alberto, that should be an example for many PR teams that can’t get half of the entry list with heaps of money and sponsorship. Results a some info here. – Jesus Renedo.