De eerste dag van de Trofeo Princesa Sofia zit erop. De wedstrijden duren tot en met zaterdag 2 april. De eerste dag bracht prachtige bovenboei ronding maar daarna slopen er nog een paar foutjes in. Een 8ste en een 6de plaats brengen hem in de voorlopige tussenstand naar de 6de plaats.
The best man to the top mark today was the new European Champion Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) who led both races at the first mark by a considerable margin. However in both races, he said, laughing, “but then quite a lot went wrong. My downwind technique was off and then I sailed out of the gusts and upwind I made two tactical errors, both of them pretty major.”
“I don’t know why I am laughing, but it is a better start than the Europeans. I thought that my strategy and starts were amazing again, but the downwind speed and tactical errors cost me. But it was an amazing day of sailing. Palma at its best.”
In Race 1, Postma led at the first mark from Lilley and Jonas Høgh-Christensen (DEN). Lilley explained his race, “I had a really good plan and decided to start down towards the pin. I think I sailed a pretty conservative beat and went up the middle after the start and then managed to round second. In the last 200 metres of the run I managed to get past PJ, get the buoy room and extend to the right up the second beat. I managed to pull away from the fleet and then cruise down the run for the win which was very nice after a pretty tough Europeans.” He finished 36th there after hastily having his boat repaired just before the regatta.
“I’ve been working really hard. I have a new coach, we changed our setup drastically and I also have new boat because the one I had in the Europeans was totalled by a catamaran, so I had to get a new one. So I am really happy with how things are going now. I would have liked to start better in the second race but I’ll keep fighting tomorrow.” Lilley placed 13th in Race 2 to end the day in fifth overall.
He concluded, “Beautiful conditions out there. Palma at its finest. We had some really nice rolling waves and 13-17 knots or so. Just beautiful Finn racing conditions.