The Olympic sailing elite will compete in the Lanzarote II International Regatta

The athletes who trained in Lanzarote for Tokyo 2020[one], including several Olympic gold medalists, return to compete in the 2nd edition of the world championship that will take place at the Marina Rubicón marina from February 10th to 19th.

The championship, sponsored by the Tourism area of the Cabildo de Lanzarote, Promotur, the Yaiza City Council and Marina Rubicón, will bring together sailors from over than 30 countries, who will compete in Olympic modalities of this sport for Paris 2024: iQFoil, ILCA 6, ILCA 7, 49er and 49er FX.

The Lanzarote International Regatta returns from February 10th to 19th at the regatta race course located in the bay of Playa Blanca (Yaiza), in front of Marina Rubicón, where sailors from more than 30 countries will compete in almost all the Olympic classes of sailing in the face of Paris 2024, including Olympic gold medalists at Tokyo 2020, and who have already made the island their training base.

“Of the 30 Olympic medals in the 10 sailing events at the Tokyo Olympic Games, 21 were forged in our waters, since those sailors trained during the winter season from 2020 to 2021 in Lanzarote and, more specifically, in Marina Rubicón”, affirms Rafael Lasso, CEO of Marina Rubicón, organizer of the event together with the Canarian Sailing Federation and Dinghycoach, with the collaboration of Armas, Cabrera Medina and Hotel THe Volcán Lanzarote.

The second edition of the Lanzarote International Regatta, men's and women's iQFoil, ILCA 6, ILCA 7, 49er and 49er FX regattas will be held, in which Olympic gold medalists such as the Brazilian Martine Grael (49erFX) and Kahena Kunze (49erFX) or the British Stuart Bithell and Dylan Fletcher Scott in the men's category of the 49er will participate. "The first edition of the Lanzarote International Regatta made the Canary Islands the last pass to qualify for Tokyo 2020, while this edition will kick off to Paris 2024", adds Rafael Lasso.

The island of Lanzarote has been serving as a training base for athletes from all over the world for almost a decade, but recently it has also become the choice of Olympic athletes, especially after the first edition of the Lanzarote International Regatta was held. “The teams are usually training on the island from October to March or April, since the international circuit begins, which is why we have promoted the Lanzarote Sailing Center training base with a very strong calendar of training sessions with each class”, explains the CEO of Marina Rubicon.

In addition, the island has also established itself as the venue for international competitions for all Olympic sailing classes, such as the Lanzarote iQFoil Games held this January, an event that kicked off the international calendar of the world circuit for this new Olympic class, which we will also enjoy during the Lanzarote International Regatta. “Everyone is very happy, Lanzarote has shown that it has incredible conditions”, declared Gonzalo Costa, secretary of this Olympic class of the International Association of the iQFOiL Class.

Likewise, the competitors highly very the very special island as well as its marinas. In the words of Guiomar Bonilla, technical director of the Canarian Sailing Federation, "Lanzarote has the formula for sailing lovers to fully enjoy practicing this sport: the sea, the wind and a stable temperature throughout the year".

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 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.

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 prevails in the Women´ s IQFOIL category

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.

El nivel en Lanzarote es altísimo, pero el del equipo español femenino también

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.

Main Sponsors

Islas Canarias - Calidad de Vida
Cabildo de Lanzarote
Turismo Lanzarote
Turismo Lanzarote
Ayuntamiento de Yaiza
Marina Rubicón

Organizers / Institutional

Federación Canaria de Vela
Marina Rubicón
Islas Canarias
Canarias avanza
Gobierno de Canarias
Unión Europea


Naviera Armas
Club de Regatas 4 Vientos
Federación de Vela Latina Canaria
Federación Insular de Vela Latina Lanzarote
Hotel Volcán