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.

The wind arrived during the second day of the Lanzarote International Regatta, but too late. The Lanzarote winds have blown gently this Sunday in the bay of Playa Blanca, in front of the Marina Rubicon marina and the sailors competing in the iQFoil Olympic class have enjoyed a friendly day getting carried away by the waves and the minimal gusts of wind that have arrived after the regatta was cancelled. "Today at the end the wind didn't want to come in, but we can't complain, especially being here in Lanzarote with this sunshine and good weather, so we took the opportunity to disconnect and socialize, since there are so many people from so many countries," says the Spanish Pilar Lamadrid. The Andalusian sailor expects more wind for tomorrow and the day after, especially to go out on the water to compete with the best in the world.

According to the Coach of the Spanish women's iQFoil team, Mateo Sanz, "the international level in the Lanzarote International Regatta is very high, although perhaps the Asians are missing, but we even have Olympic sailors from South America". And there are more than 30 countries represented, being this the first world event of the calendar of Olympic classes 49er, 49erFX, ILCA 6, ILCA 7 and the new class that will debut in Paris: the iQFoil. "This is a very good start of the season for us to prepare for the following competitions and to measure ourselves against the future rivals we will have," said the Spanish Olympic team coach.

In the Spanish women's Olympic iQFoil team, Pilar Lamadrid and Nicole Van Der Velden have a little more experience and "have a very high level," said their coach. In fact, Lamadrid comes from winning the iQGames in Lanzarote a few weeks ago, although "Nicole was unfortunately injured and could not participate, but she also had very good results in the European and World Championships," said Mateo Sanz. Likewise, the Spanish armada also has Blanca Manchón, who is joining after the Tokyo Olympics with the change of class from RS:X to foiling, "so she is putting in the hours and gaining experience," added Sanz. Another key signing is Andrea Torres, the youngest, although with "great potential, as she has the weight and height," said her instructor, a Swiss athlete of Spanish origin who competes in RS:X.

Lanzarote: el paraíso del entrenamiento para la élite olímpica

Blanca Manchón was one of the first sailors to come to train in the Canary Islands because of the good conditions and warm temperatures practically all year round, while for Spaniard Pilar Lamadrid, "Lanzarote was quite a discovery already with the RS:X. "I was lucky enough to come in 2018, I spent some incredible winter months, since on the mainland you can't put in as many hours because it's colder," Lamadrid confessed. In her opinion, the winter training season is also possible thanks to the Spanish Sailing Federation, "since it mounts all this expedition so that we only have to take a flight to the islands, without having to move with all the material," explained the Andalusian sailor who has already been in Lanzarote for several months. In her words, the Canary Islands is "a paradise, there is always wind and sun, especially because our job is to get into the water no matter the weather, so here we are more encouraged, and we can train twice as many hours".

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.

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
Ayuntamiento de Yaiza
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Federación Canaria de Vela
Marina Rubicón
Islas Canarias
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