Olympic sailing classes choose Lanzarote

Lanzarote is getting ready to usher in the Olympic sailing season ahead of what promises to be an exciting, challenging year. Ahead of Paris 2024 nearly half of the Olympic sailing World Championships have chosen Marina Rubicón as their venue.

You only have to look at the social media channels of the world's pre-Olympic elite to see the importance of Lanzarote, in the Canary Islands (Spain), as a training base for the sport of sailing. Since last October, Marina Rubicón has hosted a big number of sailors and coaches who find it the perfect place to live and prepare for the Olympic Games. Lanzarote has a good weather, is an ideal location to practice a multitude of sports and also is a "wind machine", essential for sailing. 

Aware of the island's unique potential for sailing, the Lanzarote Sailing Center training base was created by Marina Rubicón "not only to attract and support these athletes, but also to give Canarian athletes the tools they need to have a chance of representing Spain in future Olympic Games," explains its CEO, Rafa Lasso.

In 2024, years of work will come to fruition with as a number of World Championships are all hosted under the umbrella of the Lanzarote International Regatta

Normally in an Olympic year such as 2024, the Worlds would be held in the southern hemisphere, as they have to be held in winter for the last qualifying places for the Games to be awarded," explains Lasso. However, Lanzarote has managed to offer an alternative, "In Lanzarote these Olympic classes and sailors have found a place in the northern hemisphere to sail in winter. Sailors from up to 75 countries will be training here this winter and they are the ones who have expressed their desire for these championships to be held in Marina Rubicón to their classes. With the support of the Canary Islands institutions we have been working for some time on different technical and logistical aspects to make these World Championships a success," he says. 


After the success of those events held last January, the athletes wanted to return and from 10 to 15 December Marina Rubicón will host the Lanzarote iQFOiL Games, which will see the participation of more than 160 windsurfers from 35 countries from Asia, America, Australasia and Europe.

iQFOiL is the spectacular new Olympic windsurfing class, in which athletes reach speeds in excess of 40 km/h. Described by many as "addictive", Spain's Pilar Lamadrid, number 2 in the world ranking, described it: "It is much more visual and eye-catching, because even with very little wind we can fly at 20 knots and all the effort we make on the board is much more reflected than on conventional boards."

Among those who will be coming to the Lanzarote iQFOiL Games are last year's champion as well as that of the current men's winner - Pawel Tarnowski (POL) - and the reigning world champions, Luuc Van Opzeeland (NED) and Shahar Tibi (ISR). 


In its fourth edition, the Lanzarote International Regatta changes its format slightly in this Olympic year 2024. Instead of being held over seven consecutive days in February, it will be held on different dates, hosting different championships and an extensive coaches regattas calendar.

The first date to mark on the calendar is 26 January to 3 February. Thus, Lanzarote will once again mark the start of the iQFOil season in 2024, with the celebration of the World Championship of the class. As well as being a World Championship, the Lanzarote event will be a key event for many countries that are playing for their place in Paris 2024. 

This world championship event will be followed by a new one, from 4 to 10 March. On this occasion it will be the turn of the 49er and 49erFX classes, in which there will once again be an important fight to seal passports for Paris 2024.

Marina Rubicón is the organiser of all these sporting events, which have the collaboration of the Royal Canarian Sailing Federation, as well as the institutional support of Promotur Turismo de Canarias, the Tourism Department of the Cabildo de Lanzarote through the European Sports Destination sports product (managed by SPEL-Turismo Lanzarote), the Yaiza Town Hall and the private entities Dinghycoach, Naviera Armas and Cabrera Medina (Cicar).

Keeping the pressure up

Luuc van Opzeeland and Emma Wilson continue to lead iQFOiL World Championships in Lanzarote for the third day in a row. Tomorrow will see a marathon and more Course Racing starting at 10:00 local time.

Day 1 draws a blank at the 2024 iQFOiL World Championships

The 212 Olympic windsurfers who have gathered in Lanzarote for the 2024 iQFOiL World Championships will have to wait until Tuesday for the first races. There was insufficient wind on Day 1 and the opening races are now programmed for tomorrow, starting at 11:00 island time.

The fight for the iQFOiL world title starts tomorrow in Lanzarote

On the beautiful Canary Island of Lanzarote everything is ready for Monday’s start of the iQFOiL World Championships, the first major world championship of an Olympic class to be held in Europe in this 2024 Olympics season. More than 200 athletes from 43 countries on five continents will compete over six days of competition culminating in the title deciding Grand Final on Saturday, February 3 followed by the prize-giving

The wind was there, but it wouldn’t play ball

The sunshine was out and the northerly breeze was blowing, but the direction was all over the place on day seven of the Lanzarote International Regatta. Sailors have come from around the world to train and race out of Marina Rubicón in the south of Lanzarote, but even the most reliable of sailing venues has its ‘off days’

Kiwis lead Nacra 17s, Kantor & Sills top iQFOiL

Tuesday was the start of part 2 of the Lanzarote International Regatta. After two days of the dusty Calima breeze from the Sahara, today the sunshine returned to the Canary Islands, and 10 to 14 knots of wind were blowing for the opening day of Nacra 17 and iQFOiL racing

Two British skiff golds and a Spanish 1-2 in the 470

Winds of 13 to 19 knots for three Medal Races in poor ‘Calima’ visibility. Last gasp victory for Xammar & Brugman in the 470 Victory for Great Britain in men’s and women’s skiff fleets. Four days of Nacra 17 & iQFOiL windsurfer competition start on Tuesday.

Not the Wind, not the Waves, but the Sahara!

Anton Dahlberg & Lovisa Karlsson (SWE) extended their lead in the 470 after winning another big wave, big wind race on day three of the Lanzarote International Regatta. It proved to be the only race of the day, with no competition for the 49er or 49erFX fleets.

“Defo the Biggest Wave of My Life!”

Big wind and huge, steep swell set a massive physical challenge for the three Olympic fleets on day two of the Lanzarote International Regatta in the Canary Islands.

Lanzarote ready to test top Olympians

More than 360 of the world’s best sailors are ready to compete at the Lanzarote International Regatta, which takes place in the south of the Canary Island from 9 to 17 February

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