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

After three days of registration and equipment checks and an official training race contested this Sunday, the battles for the iQFOiL 2024 –the Olympic windsurfing class- world titles begin tomorrow, Monday, from 12:00 local time off Lanzarote’s Marina Rubicón. 

The world class venue has shown considerable commitment to this pinnacle event, with more than 100 people working on it from the race committee, measurers, mark boats, press and general staff all cooperating to make it a success.

Ahead is six intense days of competition across Course Race, Slalom or Marathon formats. The championship is run over two phases: a qualifier followed by gold and silver fleet racing. Then, only the top ten from the gold fleet progress to the thrilling final day next Saturday, when the quarter-finals, semi-finals lead into a Grand Final with only the top three competing for the world titles over one winner takes all race. This is always an exciting, fitting finale for this spectacular high speed flying windsurfing class. 

As well as the importance and value of the World Championship titles at stake, a country place for each category is available to the European nations, with Denmark as the favourite in this fight. 

And for several nations it is an Olympic selection event, among them the powerful Israeli women's squad that has many strong candidates vying for the single place in Marseille. Both for Israeli men and women, this Worlds is going to decide who is going to be in the Olympics.

Their head coach Shahar Zubari explains: "There is quite a lot of pressure, but currently it's a positive one, even though it’s the most important competition of the campaign. As a former athlete I know how it feels to work as a part of a team with your biggest rivals, and I'm proud of all the team for their support for each other while being competitive. Now all we have to do is to achieve what we know we can achieve, and finish on the podium."

Some nations have their country spot secured and their athlete selected six months before the Olympic Games. This is the case for GBR with Emma Wilson and Sam Sills already selected for Marseille’s race course. 

Wilson, who won bronze at the last World Championships in The Hague, said: “I’m looking forward to the World Championships. Everyone will be pushing hard, as for most they are in their country's selection process, so I expect a lot of tight racing. Since the last World Championships I've also been pushing hard and I've spent the last few months in Lanzarote preparing for it. It's going to be fun!"

The Regatta Committee will be led by the experienced Ewa Jodlowska, who was previously an RS:X official at the Tokyo and Rio Olympics. The Polish official takes charge for the fourth time more as PRO in a World Championships, as many times as World Championships have been held since the start of the class. 

The website will be updated daily with news, photos and videos from each day. In addition, from February 1 to 3, the races will be broadcast live on the Youtube channel of the iQFOiL class.

The Lanzarote International Regatta is organized by Marina Rubicón and has the collaboration of the Royal Canarian Sailing Federation, as well as the institutional support of the Tourism area of the Cabildo de Lanzarote through the sports product European Sports Destination (managed by SPEL-Turismo Lanzarote), Promotur Turismo de Canarias, the City Council of Yaiza 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.

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.

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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