Luuc van Opzeeland and Emma Wilson go direct to the Grand Final in Lanzarote

Denmark wins the men´s place for Paris 2024. Germany, the women´s.

Five more races were sailed on the fifth day of the iQFOiL World Championship as Lanzarote produces another day of great conditions. Two slalom races and three course races are completed. The top ten Men and Women were selected who will go on to tomorrow's Medal Series, a single quarter-final regatta, a semi-final and the Grand Final.

With country places for the Olympic Games at stake, national selections to choose a representative as well as the world titles all to be decided, as the day progressed the tensions and pressure rose. And so maybe it was no surprise there were four general recalls and many black flags which prematurely buried the hopes a few contenders. 

The women started with three Course Racing contested followed by two slaloms, with the wind fading as the day continued, and by the end of the afternoon the breeze had dropped to 8-10 knots.

In the women's championship the podium remains unchanged. GBR's Emma Wilson remains dominant with four race wins today added to a third place and so Britain's Tokyo medallist has already booked her place into Saturday's Grand Final.

Spain's Pilar Lamadrid will go directly to the semi-final lying second overall as also does Israeli Katy Spychakov, who takes the lead in her national Olympic selection, which will be decided tomorrow. But there is little room for mistakes as her compatriot Sharon Kantor in fourth place and defending champion Shahar Tibi in sixth. 

The men's fleet was the first to take to the water today, first completing two slalom races in about 10-13 knots of wind; then three course races were sailed. 

The Spanish representative for Paris 2024, 19 year old youth sailor Nacho Baltasar has qualified for tomorrow's Medal Series by finishing 10th today out of a total of 118 windsurfers.

Holland's Luuc van Opzeeland has led the World Championship since day one and today was no exception, with results of 1-2-1-1 and a 34th place that he discards. The Dutchman is the great rival to beat and goes directly to tomorrow's Grand Final.

And today's second and third place finishers, Nicolo Renna (ITA) and Kiran Badloe (NED), respectively, go straight to the semi-final. Badloe, Olympic champion in Tokyo, is also fighting to represent his country in the Olympic Games. 

Denmark and Germany obtain a passport to Paris 2024 in Lanzarote

This World Championships offers a country place for Men and Women in the case of European nations. Starting today, the 16 countries that already have a place in the men's Olympic fleet are joined by Denmark thanks to Johan SøE: “I'm super happy, that was the main objective here. Now, the Princess Sofia Trophy will be the last part of our internal qualification.”

The women's country place goes to Germany thanks to Theresa Steinlein.

Tomorrow Saturday, Medal Series and Grand Final

Everyone is waiting for what happens tomorrow, the last day of the world championship, with only the top 10 classified on the starting line.

Racing is scheduled to begin at 12:00 local time and will be broadcast live on the iQFOiL class YouTube channel.

Prize-giving will be held at 18:00 local time in Plaza de Capitanía, in Marina Rubicón.

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 5

iQFOiL Male

1. Luuc van Opzeeland (NED), 34 points
2. Nicolo Renna (ITA), 51 points
3. Kiran Badloe (NED), 70 points
…up to 118 classifieds

iQFOiL Female

1. Emma Wilson (GBR), 21 points
2. Pilar Lamadrid (ESP), 82 points
3. Katy Spychakov (ISR), 98 points
… up to 94 classified

Photo: Johan Søe (DEN) © Sailing Energy/Marina Rubicón

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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