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).

After extreme conditions of strong winds and big waves, Lanzarote gave a break to the 49er, 49erFX, and ILCA 7 fleets competing in the Lanzarote International Regatta until this Saturday. On this second day, the conditions have favored the 49erFX, who have been able to enjoy three calm races. With only about 5 knots of wind, all boats have been carried away together, although demonstrating that they are able to read the wind, no matter if it is not windy. On this day of gusty winds, the Norwegians Helene NÆSS and Marie RØNNINGEN stood out from the fleet, taking two wins and a third place. 

But it was the Brazilians Kahena Kunze and Martine Grael who take the lead after the disappointment of a UFD yesterday, relegating the Finns Ronja Grönblom and Veera Hokka to third and the Canarian Maria Cantero and Galician Patricia Suarez to seventh. The Brazilian team also won the gold medal in the class in Tokyo 2020, as well as the Lanzarote International Regatta 2021. "This regatta is a new opportunity for us to work on the objectives we have as a team, especially being in the Canary Islands," said Maria Cantero, a local sailor.

Despite the light trade winds and the incredible sunny day, the Lanzarote winds have not wanted to blow in favor of the 49er fleet, who finally have been left without competing. In fact, those who have most enjoyed sailing have been the spectators from Marina Rubicon and from the beaches of the bay of Lanzarote, reaching Papagayo, where they have also tried to race. "The 49erFX and ILCA races were held, even though the wind conditions were not very good, but we stopped with the 49ers, even though the day was incredible," said Bernardo Salom, president of the Canary Islands Lateen Sailing Federation.

For the 49er fleet there was a lot of waiting, but ultimately no racing. "We have been waiting for quite a long time because of the wind, and when they took us out on the water, after two minutes the mast broke, so we had to return to land, change it very quickly and return towed, but, although we arrived in time, there was no competition," explained Canary Islands sailor Andrés Barrio, who, along with the Valencian Antonio Torrado, is part of the Spanish Olympic team. Therefore, the classification continues to be 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 (third place).

According to the Canarian sailor, this year in the Lanzarote International Regatta there is a high level, "right now the Dutch team is here, the last world champions, plus our teammates Diego Botin and Florian Trittel, who are just starting in the class, but have several Olympic Games behind them," said the sailor of the Real Club Nautico de Gran Canaria. His goal is to maintain the level and get into the medal race and do as many races as possible. Another goal shared by his sister, Elena Barrio, who is beginning to follow in his footsteps among the 49erFX.

For the ILCA 7 fleet, there was one race, which the Brit Elliot Hanson took advantage of to grab first place from his teammate Michael Beckett, leaving third place to the Finnish Nooa Laukkanen. From the Spanish team, the Menorcan Joan Cardona has moved back a few places in the overall standings, from seventh to tenth, followed by the Canary Islander Joel Rodriguez.

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.

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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Turismo Lanzarote
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Federación Canaria de Vela
Marina Rubicón
Islas Canarias
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