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’

  • Northerly wind shifting wildly through 80 degrees means no racing on Day 7
  • Shahar Tibi (ISR) leads in iQFOiL Women’s fleet
  • Sam Sills (GBR) is top of the iQFOiL Men
  • Besson & Ancian (FRA) at the front of the Nacra 17s


Many of the 470, 49er and 49erFX sailors have stayed on a few extra days and weeks to continue training after their part of Lanzarote International Regatta concluded on Monday. Today was a good training day with sailors pitting their wits against the swirling northerly breeze. But the wind was too unreliable for fair competition and the experienced race committee were left with no choice but to cancel today’s racing for the Nacra 17 and iQFOiL fleets.

It’s on days like these when it helps to have some of the world’s most experienced race officials running the show. Only in its third year, the ambition of Lanzarote International Regatta to become one of the top-level events on the Olympic circuit is obvious. Ricardo Navarro has been flown in from Brazil as the Principal Race Officer. Hugely experienced in Olympic competition, with race officer experience from two Olympic Games, he will be World Sailing’s technical delegate for Paris 2024.


“The sailors and the coaches here are operating at a very high, professional level,” says Navarro. “They invest a lot of money and they expect the best service, so our sport now requires officials also operating at a professional level, with the experience to make the right decisions.

“So we have Pinar Coskuner Genç from Turkey, who will be the principal race officer for the Paris Games, as well as the Worlds later this year in The Hague and at the test event in Marseille this summer.

“Then we have David Campbell-James from the UK, a very experienced sailor who competed at the Olympics before moving into race management. He has attended multiple Olympic Games including Qingdao and London.

“And then there is Andres Perez who has been involved in a lot of Olympics and round the world races, and he is chair of the international jury for The Ocean Race. So we have a very highly qualified group of race officials and I hope we can provide a very good service for the sailors.”


Oscar Gunn (NZL) is one of those who was out training off Playa Blanca a few days after winning 49er silver with his helmsman Logan Dunning Beck. It's been a good trip. It was a long journey from New Zealand, but it's been really worthwhile getting over here early in the season and putting in some solid weeks of good training in a range of conditions and some awesome waves. Marina Rubicón has been an epic training base and we'll definitely come back. It's a pretty cool venue for next year’s World Championship as well, so we are looking forward to coming back for that.”

Friday is the final day of the regatta when the medals will be decided in the Nacra 17 and iQFOiL fleets.

This international event, organised by Marina Rubicón with the support of the Royal Canarian Sailing Federation is possible thanks to the institutional sponsorship of Promotur Turismo de Canarias with the financing of the REACTEU Fund and Tourism of the Cabildo de Lanzarote through the sports product European Sports Destination (managed by SPEL-Turismo Lanzarote), as well as the public collaboration of the Yaiza City Council and the private entities Dinghycoach, Naviera Armas & Cabrera Medina (Cicar).

Andy Rice, event reporter

Overall Standings

Nacra 17 (after 6 races)

  1. Besson/Ancian (FRA), 13 points
  2. Majdalani/ Bosco (ARG), 14 points
  3. Wilkinson/ Dawson (NZL), 20 points

iQFOiL Women (after 6 races)

  1. Tibi (ISR), 18 points
  2. Kantor (ISR), 18 points
  3. Spychakov (ISR), 27 points

iQFOiL Men (after 6 races)

  1. Sills (GBR), 23 points
  2. Koerdel (GER), 23 points
  3. Goyard (FRA), 27 points

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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