Luuc van Opzeeland (NED) and Emma Wilson (GBR) lead after the first races of the iQFOiL World Championships

First markers laid down at the Olympic windsurfing class’s 2024 World Championship on the waters of Lanzarote, Canary Islands.

Lanzarote saw the first races of the 2024 iQFOiL world championships today. The men completed four slalom races, the women raced five. Holland’s reigning world champion Luuc van Opzeeland is the first provisional leader while GBR’s Emma Wilson is the first women’s fleet leader.

After losing the first day of racing to no wind, the second day proved long and more productive. The wind fluctuated between 10 and 15 knots, gusty at times. There was a change of race course during the day, moving from being in front of the marina to Papagayo beach.


Dominant van Opzeeland

With four wins from four races Luuc van Opzeeland made a perfect start to his title defence, but while the perfect score line tells one story on the water it was very much closer. The runner-up Germany’s Sebastian Koerdel is not far behind and is tied for second on three points with three wins in his group, the same tally as the third-placed Kiwi Joshua Armit.

U-21 Nacho Baltasar will be the Spanish representative in the class at Paris 2024. The Mallorcan racer debuted today with 3-15-4-3 which leave him in 18th place.

With the place in Paris assured, Baltasar has not as much pressure as some of his rivals. “When we started the season, the objective in terms of results was to get into the Medal Race because in the Olympic Games everything will also be at stake on the last race, so the more experience you have, the better. But on the other hand, this World Championships is perfect to try to enjoy your racing as much as possible as now I don't have as much pressure as when we were racing for selection. With the selection in the bag I am calmer. I am pushing harder than ever before but with that security of having the place.”


Briton Wilson rules

Emma Wilson, Tokyo Olympic bronze medallist, is one of top contenders for this World Championship and today she showed why. The Team GBR racer took four of the five slalom races that the women's contested and was third in the other.

Spain’s Pilar Lamadrid is six points behind after a solid 2-2-(3)-1-2. She is pitching hard to become the Spanish representative in Marseille 2024. 

We have been training in Lanzarote since the end of November and being able to spend so much time sailing here and getting to know the regatta course gives us a lot of confidence and experience about the place,” says Lamadrid. “Both physically and mentally I feel good and I think we have done a good job although it is also true that this is the beginning of the season and the championship, and there is a lot of 2024 ahead.


Tomorrow, third day

The program for tomorrow, Wednesday, is due to see races on the regatta arena located in front of the Marina Rubicón breakwater. 

The start of racing is scheduled for 11:30 local time and depending on the conditions, slalom or Race Course events can be programmed.


Live broadcast starting Thursday

Marina Rubicón has dedicated herself to this championship and starting on Thursday and until the end of the World Championship, on Saturday, racing 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 Lanzarote Cabildo through the sports product European Sports Destination (managed by SPEL-Turismo Lanzarote), Promotur Turismo de Canarias, the Yaiza City Council and the private entities Dinghycoach, Naviera Armas and Cabrera Medina (Cicar).


Provisional podiums – Day 2

iQFOiL Male

1. Luuc van Opzeeland (NED), 3 points
2. Sebastian Koerdel (GER), 3 points
3. Joshua Armit (NZL), 3 points
…up to 118 classified


iQFOiL Female

1. Emma Wilson (GBR), 4 points
2. Pilar Lamadrid (ESP), 10 points
3. Palma Cargo (CRO), 12 points
… up to 94 classified

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

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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