Luuc van Opzeeland and Emma Wilson continue to lead at the iQFOiL World Championship

They maintain their leads after an intense day during which Lanzarote proved why it is a top choice for Olympic sailing.

“We had perfect conditions, between 12 and 16 knots of stable wind, nice waves, it was really perfect on the water.” Recalled Nico Goyard who now holds second place in the iQFOiL World Championship which runs until Saturday in Marina Rubicón, Lanzarote. The 212 participants sailed five more races today, this time in a course race format which saw many position changes through the day. But Holland’s Luuc van Opzeeland and GBR’s Emma Wilson still lead the Men’s and Women’s fleets respectively.

Defending world champ van Opzeeland did not quite manage the same level of consistency as his perfect opening day, landing a 1-8-1-15-2 but he discards today's worst results, so he leads for the second consecutive day.

“It's a tricky location, especially today. It's beautiful, but we were far out on to the ocean and the wind was shifty between the islands, in the middle of the channel, but it's fun and interesting. I'm just trying to do my best trying to win the event; I did my job well for the qualifying and that's the main focus for this week,” says van Opzeeland.

Nico Goyard, the best of the day

Five races five victories, despite being unwell, Nico Goyard was the outstanding performer in the men's fleet today and promoted himself to second place. 

“We had perfect conditions between 12 and 16 knots, stable wind, nice waves, everything was perfect in the water. I had a really good day, I won the five races in my fleet, I couldn't hope for more especially because I am sick, this morning I threw up in the water so I'm super happy I could do this despite my illness, I just hope I'll be fine for the finals,” recalled the Frenchman.

With the racing area located halfway between Marina Rubicón and the island of Lobos, racing really was intense today, with the entire fleet pushing the starts, meaning multiple general calls.

Wilson consolidates her lead and Lamadrid remains on the podium

The British rider Emma Wilson was outstanding again today. Although yesterday she started with three victories out of five races, today Wilson gave her rivals no chances and managed to win all five races held so maintaining her six-point advantage over the second-place Israeli Sharon Kantor who has three first places, two seconds and a fifth.

From this world championships the Israeli team will select its Olympic Games representative, so they have four top sailors here and all are lying inside the women's top ten after this third day of competition.

“I had a really nice battle with Katy [Spychakov], Pilar [Lamadrid], and Palma [Cargo]. It was super nice and really fun in the water,” said Kantor at the end of the day.

Lamadrid added a first, two seconds, a third and a disqualification for premature start under a black flag. She is in third place, only four points behind Kantor. 

The Final Series, live

Starting tomorrow at 12:00 local time the fleet begins the Final Series, so it will sail divided into a gold group - with the first half of the table - and a silver group – for the second half. 

Starting tomorrow and until Saturday, the last day of the iQFOiL World Championship, the races can be followed live on the iQFOiL class YouTube channel.

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).


Top 3 after Day 3  

iQFOiL Male

1. Luuc van Opzeeland (NED), 8 points

2. Nicolas Goyard (FRA), 13 points

3. Grae Morris (AUS), 23 points

…up to 118 classifieds


iQFOiL Female

1. Emma Wilson (GBR), 8 points

2. Sharon Kantor (ISR), 14 points

3. Pilar Lamadrid (ESP), 18 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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