Spain and The Netherlands win the IQFOIL final of the Lanzarote International Regatta

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.

It is demonstrated that the women of the Spanish pre-Olympic team will set the bar very high in Paris 2024. The men`s category was dominated throughout by the Netherlands, with Huig Jan Tak leading the classification.

The iQFoil final starts strong, with a squall that left the wind very unstable, with gusts of between 3 and 12 knots, but that have been able to take advantage of the Spanish, giving advantage especially to Nicole Van Der Velden, moved from fourth to second place in the overall standings during the first race course. From then on, the Santander-based Spaniard dominated the whole day, but surprisingly the battle in the finals was not against Britain's Islay Watson, but against Italy's Marta Maggetti, who finally took second place. "Super happy with how I have sailed today, how I have managed the finals, in the semifinals I was fighting to ensure to be among the first two and enter the final, and already in the final I have fought to the death against the Italian and the English, was able to overtake them and finish first, so I am super happy with the performance... and wanting more!" said the Spanish sailor. 

With North easterly offshore wind, two races could be completed, to give the 6 required to progress to the medal races. Both Nicole Van Der Velden and Pilar Lamadrid of the Spanish team made the cut for the top 10. "Unfortunately, Pilar had an off line in the quarterfinals and was left out of the next rounds, but well, Nicole played her cards very well, she stayed without risk until the final where she gave everything, she was second until the last stern where she stepped on the accelerator," said her coach, Mateo Sanz. The coach of the Spanish pre-Olympic women's iQFoil team said he was "very happy with the performance of the two, and they have an excellent level and have demonstrated it in several competitions, being both in the top 10 in the world, although Blanca Manchón and Andrea Torres are also getting closer". 

It seems that this type of racing also allowed Pilar Lamadrid to stay in the top 10 from the start, but a disqualification for being over the line in the first finals. Today She entered 5th in the medal with all or nothing. . But the Andalusian is already looking to the future, "for the next one, which will be at home at the end of February", exclaimed Lamadrid.

In the men's fleet, the Dutch Huig Jan Tak was unstoppable, getting 4 wins out of the 6 races held in Marina Rubicon. Also yesterday, the Dutch sailor showed his dominance on the Lanzarote race course, with 3 victories out of the 4 slalom races held. The British Matthew Barton managed to snatch second place from the Israeli Yoav Omer, but it was his teammate Tomer Vardimon who finally took second place, followed by the Italian Nicolò Renna. On the other hand, this racing mode seems not to have favored the Canary Islander Angel Granda, who has not managed to stay in the top 10 to compete in the medal race. "It was a very interesting day, with incredible conditions during the races almost perfect for me, they gave me energy to get to the medal race, say I am very happy, and already during the final it was very fun with Nico and Tomer", commented the Dutch sailor.

Tuesday saw the awards ceremony for the iQFoil foiling boards. Next up at the Lanzarote International Regatta is not over yet, since, starting this Wednesday, we will see other Olympic sailing classes compete: ILCA 7, 49er and 49er FX

iQFoil ranking female category

  1. Nicole VAN DER VELDEN (ESP)
  2. Marta MAGGETTI (ITA)
  3. Islay WATSON GBR 
  4. Palma ČARGO (CRO)
  5. Lucie BELBEOCH (FRA)
  6. Lilian DE GEUS (NED) 
  7. Manon PIANAZZA (FRA)
  8. Lola SORIN (FRA)

iQFoil ranking male category

  1. Huig JAN TAK (NED)
  2. Tomer VARDIMON (ISR) 
  3. Nicolò RENNA (ITA)
  4. Andy BROWN (GBR) 
  5. Matthew BARTON (GBR)
  6. Yoav OMER (ISR)
  7. Maciek RUTKOWSKI (POL)
  8. Thomas GOYARD (FRA)
  9. Sil HOEKSTRA (NED) v
  10. Pierre LE COQ (FRA)

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.

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