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.

After two days enjoying the sun and friendly training, finally the winds of Lanzarote offer perfect conditions to launch the II Lanzarote International Regatta, with winds between 10 and 16 knots, flat sea with little wave, spectacular for slalom racing. This third day started with the men's races, led by the Dutch Huig Jan Tak, who won 3 victories in the 3 slalom races, although a ninth place in the course race. Second place in the overall classification is held by Israel's Yoav Omer, followed by Brit Matthew Barton. "It was a very long day, but for me it was fun, with good speed, starts and tactics," said the Dutch sailor.    

In the Spanish entries, the Canary Islander Angel Granda stood out, who remains in the top 15, but he will need to be in the top 10 to be able to compete in the medal race. “Today we have been in the water for a long time, I had good starts, but I lacked speed," said Granda. For the Canarian sailor, the change to the iQFoil class has been "quite hard", since in the RS:X you should weigh over 70 kilos, but the iQFoil requires you to weigh between 90 and 100 kilos, "the heavier you weigh, the faster you go, since you put more power to the foil", explained the original athlete from the island of Gran Canaria. In his opinion, "the Canary Islands is one of the best places to practice sailing, we are already seeing it here with so many competitors in Marina Rubicón".



In the women's iQFoil division, it is the English Islay Watson who manages to dominate the classification, followed by the French Lola Sorin and the Italian Marta Maggetti. And the weather in Lanzarote has surprised the sailors, after a morning sailing calmly in zigzag, the wind has shifted from northeast to north, so it has become a very unstable onshore wind and has caused many disqualifications. This has delayed the favorite local sailor, the Andalusian Pilar Lamadrid, who, despite a disqualification in the first race, manages to stay in eighth place.

For the men's and women's iQFoil finals this Tuesday, two more course races are planned, in addition to the medal races. "We need 6 races completed before the medal race", explained Alejandro de Juan González, secretary of the Canarian Sailing Federation, organizers of the Lanzarote International Regatta together with Marina Rubicón and Dinghycoach.

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.

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