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.

The men's 49er class was led by the Americans Andrew Mollerus and Ian Macdiarmid, followed by the Germans Maximilian Stingele and Linov Scheel and the Spaniards Diego Botín and Florian Trittel, who made their debut as a pair.

Among the ILCA 7s, Michael Beckett's British showed consistency to lead after day 1, followed by the Finnish boat crewed by Nooa Laukkanen and fellow Brit led by Elliot Hanson.

In this second part of the Lanzarote International Regatta for the Olympic sailing classes 49er, 49erFX and ILCA 7 with hard wind conditions and big waves, plus winds between 16 and 19 knots, which caused some boats and beacons to claw, which has delayed the races. Despite the bad weather, the Spaniards María Cantero and Patricia Suárez proved to dominate the Lanzarote regatta course, achieving the best position of the Spanish team, starting strong with a second place in the overall 49erFX classification, closely followed by the Belgians Isaura Maenhaut and Anouk Geurts. However, the first place belongs to the Finns Ronja Grönblom and Veera Hokka

According to the Canarian sailor, the conditions have been tough, with quite a lot of swells that make the control of the boat and the weather play an important role in the regatta. "We are using this regatta to improve our equipment and today's conditions were perfect for that, so we are happy to keep adding hours," María Cantero said. Favourates BRA and BEL both missed one race but are sure to bounce back tomorrow.

Another stand out pair on the first day in the men's 49er class and who debut in the Lanzarote International Regatta are the Cantabrian Diego Botin and the Catalan Florian Trittel, who debut with a victory in the first leg, and a third place in the overall standings, behind the Americans Andrew Mollerus and Ian Macdiarmid and the Germans Maximilian Stingele and Linov Scheel. "It has been a day with very good conditions, a bit at the limit for us to be able to keep the boat, there have been quite a few capsizes, we have had a couple too as we have made some mistakes that did not let us be further ahead, but we are happy with how we have sailed," Botin commented.

Among the 49er also highlights another Canary Islander, Andrés Barrio, who competes with Antonio Torrado from Alicante, and who start the regatta in sixth place in the overall standings, followed by the duo competing for the Balearic Federation formed by Elías Aretz and the Mallorcan Albert Torres (seventh place). "Today has been a day with very complicated wind and wave conditions for sailing, since there were many possibilities of getting a puncture when a wave came down and capsizing," explained the sailor from Gran Canaria. In his opinion, the key to obtaining good results was to have a lot of control of the boat to avoid compromising situations. "It has been a lot of fun to compete in these conditions, from my point of view and from what we have commented among all the sailors, it has been a challenge for everyone to complete the course without complications," said Barrio.

On the ILCA race course, the conditions were great, three races were sailed. Michael Beckett's GBR finished top 6 in every race. Second over is Nooa Laukkanen from Finland with Elliot Hanson third. The Spanish sailors is not far behind both in the top 10: the Menorcan Joan Cardona (seventh place) and the Canary Islander Joel Rodriguez (eighth). Cardona won a bronze medal in the Finn class at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, while the sailor from the Real Club Náutico de Gran Canaria was proclaimed ILCA 7 Spanish champion.

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).

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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