The Spanish navy takes over the Lanzarote Regatta course

Diego Botín and Florian Trittel debut in style in the second edition of the Lanzarote International Regatta in a difficult course to read, taking the lead with one day to go. From the Canary Islands Elías Aretz and the Mallorcan Albert Torres are in second place while Andres Barrio from the Canary Islands and Antonio Torrado from Alicante are nineth.

  • In the 49erFX, Brazilians Kahena Kunze and Martine Grael are setting the pace. The battle to wrest the throne from them is being contested by several countries, including Spain, represented by Maria Cantero from the Canary Islands and Patricia Suarez from Galicia.
  • The ILCA 7s are dominated by the Brits with Elliot Hanson and Michael Beckett fighting it out for first place.

Third day of competition for the 49er and ILCA class within the second edition of the Lanzarote International Regatta and, after missing racing yesterday, the 49er fleet takes off at full speed, although with sudden wind shifts. Roles that the Spaniards in the 49er fleet have been able to anticipate, especially the golden pair formed by the Cantabrian Diego Botín and the Catalan Florian Trittel, who manage to snatch the leadership of the classification from the Americans, Andrew Mollerus and Ian Macdiarmid. "After a day without having a race, it was good to do three, we sailed with wind from the east and complicated conditions, choppy waves and little wind, so the race course was very difficult to read, wind appeared and disappeared, although the left side was stronger," explained the Cantabrian sailor.

Botín and Trittel, another Spanish couple wins the race and manages to unseat the Germans Maximilian Stingele and Linov Scheel from second place. They are the Canary Islander Elías Aretz and the Mallorcan Albert Torres, who moved up from seventh to second. For them, "it has been a day of very complicated conditions, with many wind shifts, although we were able to anticipate the changes and managed to be regular, but tomorrow comes a hard wind report and we will fight against the best," said the sailor from Arguineguín, but who currently competes on behalf of the Balearic Islands.

Canary Islands' Andrés Barrio and Alicante's Antonio Torrado, who started in third place in the first race, but a confusion with the colors of the buoys delayed them. "In the first race we did quite well, we finished third fighting the leg with Diego and Florian, as well as the British, but in the second leg unexpected gusts came in that made us lose many positions, while in the third we came back as to get fourth, but we got confused at the finish and lost a lot of time," explained the Gran Canarian sailor, who has currently managed to stay in the top 10.

In the 49erFX fleet continues to be dominated by Brazil, with Kahena Kunze and Martine Grael winning three of the nine races so far. The battle for the podium is being fought between Norway (with Helene NÆSS and Marie RØNNINGEN in second place) and Finland (represented by Ronja Grönblom and Veera Hokka in third place). Representing Spain, Maria Cantero from the Canary Islands and Patricia Suarez from Galicia are fighting to stay in the top 10.

The Spanish dominance in the 49er field and the Brazilian leadership among the 49erFX, it is the British who continue to prevail in the ILCA field, where Elliot Hanson maintains first place despite a black flag in the last race, followed by his teammate Michael Beckett. Olympic Medalist Hermann Tomasgaard from Norway manages to take third place in this day of competition. Joan Cardona and Joel Rodriguez from the Canary Islands are the top Spanish sailors.

Spain, Brazil, and Norway crowned in Lanzarote

Two out of three of the classes where won by Olympic medalists. Gold Medalists Martine Grail and Kahena Kunz BRA win the FX and Bronze Medalist Hermann Tomasgaard NOR the ILCA 7. The exception was new team Diego Botín and Florian Trittel ESP who dominated the 49ers. From the Canary Islands, María Cantero got a sixth place in 49erFX, Andrés Barrio seventh place in 49er and Joel Rodríguez ninth place in ILCA 7.

The lull after the storm at the Lanzarote International Regatta

After the tough conditions experienced yesterday, the Lanzarote International Regatta gave sailors a rest bite/ The trade winds favored Brazilians Kahena Kunze and Martine Grael in the women ´s category (49erFX) and the British Elliot Hanson (ILCA 7).

Canary Islands show dominance of the Lanzarote International Regatta

The Gran Canarian María Cantero showed mastery of the Lanzarote regatta course in a complicated day with strong winds and big waves, getting a second place along with Patricia Suárez from Vigo. However, the first place was held by the Finns Ronja Grönblom and Veera Hokka.

Spain´ s Nicole Van Der Velden had a fantastic last day, snatching first place from Britain`s Islay Watson who dominated the opening races, with Italy`s Marta Maggetti taking Silver. Pilar Lamadrid made the final 10 but an OCS stopped her chance of a medal.

In the men´ s category continues to be dominated by the Netherlands, with Huig Jan Tak in the lead. Whilst in the Women’s category Nicole Van Der Velden currently holds second place after the fleet racing held closely following the British Islay Watson, who retains first place.

La armada española formada por mujeres está poniendo el listón muy alto en la modalidad olímpica de iQFoil que debutará en París 2024. La flota española de esta clase está liderada por la andaluza Pilar Lamadrid y Nicole Van Der Velden (nacionalizada española) aunque la flota también cuenta con otra andaluza, Blanca Manchón, que está incorporándose después de los Juegos Olímpicos de Tokio y tras el cambio de clase, además de fichajes clave con mucho potencial como la mallorquina Andrea Torres.

Titanic IQFOILS fight takes off the Lanzarote International Regatta

After two days of the wind arriving late, racing is finally underway in Lanzarote. In the iQFoil foiling boards of Dutch Huig Jan Tak and Brit Islay Watson won after 4 races of competition in Marina Rubicón. Spain`s Nicole Van Der Velden was ecstatic with a fourth place, local hero Pilar Lamadrid sits in eighth place.

The wind came to the Lanzarote International Regatta, but too late

The iQFoil elite waited on the second day for the wind to arrive at Marina Rubicon. A good breeze arrived but only after racing had been postponed for the day. However, sailors were able to enjoy a friendly day of training and good weather in the Canary Islands. A good forecast is expected for the last two days of iQFoil competition in Playa Blanca.

Olympic gold medalists inaugurate the Lanzarote International Regatta

Brazilian Kahena Kunze and Brit Dylan Fletcher-Scott will compete at the Lanzarote International Regatta held at Marina Rubicón, in their build up for Paris 2024 for more than 140 sailors from over 30 countries who will compete from this Saturday, February 12, in the first world event of the 49er, 49erFX, ILCA 6, ILCA 7, iQFoil.

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Turismo Lanzarote
Turismo Lanzarote
Ayuntamiento de Yaiza
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Federación Canaria de Vela
Marina Rubicón
Islas Canarias
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Gobierno de Canarias
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