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13 Feb 2023

Winds of 13 to 19 knots for the 470 Mixed Medal Race in poor ‘Calima’ visibility. Last gasp victory for Xammar & Brugman from Spain.

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Lanzarote international regatta 2023


The thick dust of the Calima wind from the Saharan Desert limited visibility but it failed to put a limit on the drama.

470 Mixed: A last-gasp gold and silver for Spain

In the 470 Medal Race, Sweden’s Anton Dahlberg & Lovisa Karlsson (SWE) went into the 10-boat showdown with a useful points lead. However it was Spain’s Silvia Mas and Nico Rodriguez (ESP) who shot into an early lead to put themselves in contention for silver, maybe even the gold.

Mas and Rodriguez won the race but a late surge by Spanish team mates saw Jordi Xammar & Nora Brugman (ESP) surf past two boats to clinch the gold medal by a single point. Mas and Rodriguez took the silver, and the Swedes had to settle for bronze.

“Anton and I are good friends and we have been training together and racing against each other for many years,” said Xammar, who took bronze behind Dahlberg’s silver at the Tokyo Games. “I think Anton and Lovisa are a really great team and really good people. It was really nice to see our friends and teammates Silvia and Nico win the medal race and take silver. It is great for our team to have gold and silver on home waters.”

This international event, organised by Marina Rubicón with the support of the Royal Canarian Sailing Federation is possible thanks to the institutional sponsorship of Promotur Turismo de Canarias with the financing of the REACTEU Fund and Tourism of the Cabildo de Lanzarote through the sports product European Sports Destination (managed by SPEL-Turismo Lanzarote), as well as the public collaboration of the Yaiza City Council and the private entities Dinghycoach, Naviera Armas & Cabrera Medina (Cicar).

Andy Rice, event reporter



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