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Olympic-bound Adriana Penruddocke inspired by impressive display in Mallorca

Adriana Penruddocke (File photograph)

Adriana Penruddocke has given her impressive display at the Princess Sofia Trophy regatta in Palma, Mallorca, the proverbial thumbs-up.

The 23-year-old sailor ended her campaign on a high note after crossing the line in 25th in the sixth and final race of the gold fleet series to finish a respectable 50th among the 116-strong ILCA 6 class featuring some of the world’s elite women sailors.

“I am pretty proud of myself to be able to finish off strong in the last race with a 25 in the gold fleet, which is huge,” Penruddocke told The Royal Gazette.

“Overall from the event, it's just all positives for me and I am just looking forward to more racing. Just keep chipping away day-by-day and just happy with the progression and looking forward for more.”

Penruddocke’s impressive display has done her confidence the world of good as she continues fine-tuning preparations for her pending Olympic debut in the single-handed ILCA 6 dinghy in Paris this summer.

“It’s been a massive confidence boost as my Olympic-year preparations continue to increase,” she added.

“Before Palma I did three of the UKLA qualifiers and was top ten in all three and top female also, so coming into Palma I felt prepared to get the job done.

“Coming away 50th in a fleet of 116 in a variety of light, medium and strong conditions, I am beyond proud to have executed a consistent series both in qualifying and gold fleet.

“This builds more confidence into the further preparations and I’m happy with the progress and continue to look forward in gaining more and more.”

Penruddocke qualified for her maiden Olympic appearance competing at the Pan American Games in Algarrobo, Chile, last November.

Mária Erdi, of Hungary, claimed the ILCA 6 title in Mallorca, with Australians Elyse Ainsworth and Zoe Thomson securing the silver and bronze medals.

Narrowly missing out on the podium was England’s Matilda Nicholls, who previously represented Bermuda in the Optimist dinghy class at international regattas, after finishing fourth.

Penruddocke was accompanied in Mallorca by Sebastian Kempe, Campbell Patton and Benn Smith, who competed in the ILCA 7 class.

Kempe qualified for the gold fleet, finishing 49th among the 193 sailors that competed in the division.

Patton placed 84th and Smith 158th competing in the silver and bronze fleets respectively during the business end of the traditional season opener for the Olympic classes circuit, and the first regatta in which all ten classes are represented.

Michael Beckett, of England, captured the ILCA 7 title, with German Philipp Buhl claiming the silver medal and France’s Jean Baptiste Bernaz the bronze.

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Published April 06, 2024 at 7:55 am (Updated April 07, 2024 at 8:11 pm)

Olympic-bound Adriana Penruddocke inspired by impressive display in Mallorca

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