Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar – “A legendary trophy” is the title of the first documentary produced by the organisers, an 18 minute audio-visual piece of work directed by Majorcan cinema director Chuchie Hill in which some of the big world names in Olympic sailing explain what the event means to them.
Giles Scott, Saskia Clark, Jo Aleh, Jonathan Lobert, Santiago Lange and Robert Scheidt are some of the main characters of this important documentary.
Over 45 editions, 53 nations and around a thousand sailors are the figures of the Trofeo Princesa Sofía IBEROSTAR. But beyond numbers, for sailors this is a unique, special, marvellous, a fairy-tale like, comfortable, easy, enjoyable event. These are some of the words used by sailors to describe what also according to them, “Is one of the major events in Olympic sailing”.
British sailors Giles Scott, Tom Squires and Saskia Clark, Peter Burling and Jo Aleh from New Zealand, French sailor Jonathan Lobert, Santiago Lange from Argentina, Brazilian sailors Robert Scheidt and Martina Grael, Dutch sailor Pieter Jan Postma and Croatian sailor Ivan Kljacovic are some of the main characters of this documentary, together with Spanish sailors Marina Gallego, Marina Alabau and Blanca Manchón, Támara Echegoyen and Berta Betanzos, among others.
According to the views collected by Chuchie Hill in this English and Spanish bilingual work, the quality of the Bay of Palma as racing course, the good Club facilities and the wide hotel offer of Playa de Palma, the weather conditions in winter and spring, the reasonable prices, good food, cycling routes and physical training infrastructures available, are some of the reasons why many International Olympic teams choose this venue for their training during the months prior to the regatta.
“For the Trofeo Princesa Sofía Organising team –explains Race Manager, Ferran Muniesa- this is an invaluable piece of work as it summarizes and showcases what Olympic, World and Continental champions think of our event. We work for them throughout the year, already 46 years of effort and improvement, even sometimes with little institutional support. To see the recognition in this documentary is a major satisfaction and it is also an excellent platform to keep the awareness of the impact of this event for the tourism, sports and nautical industry of the Island. In summary, for the economy and image of Mallorca”.
Chuchie Hill, aged 35, has won numerous awards for her audio-visual works such as a One Show Entertainment Award for directing the campaign that introduced Jambox to the Brazilian market, for which she also was shortlisted at Cannes, a Human Interest Award for the documentary Baby Let Your Hair Hang Down and a Streamy nomination for Best Branded Entertainment Web Series for Lexus.
The director was born in Palma de Mallorca and started sailing as a little girl in Club Nàutic S’Arenal, one of the Trofeo Princesa Sofía IBEROSTAR Organising Clubs.
The film was shot during the 46th edition, held from 28th March to 4th April 2015 with the collaboration of Andalu Vila San Juan (cinematography), Icarus Sailing Media (cameras), Rober Gracia (assistant editor) and Xavi Mas and Universal Music Spain (music).