LANZAROTE INTERNATIONAL REGATTA KICKS OFF ON FRIDAY FEBRUARY 1009 Feb 2023
369 sailors from four continents and in six Olympic classes are already prepared for a competition that will once again focus the Olympic sailing spotlight on Lanzarote.
Lanzarote International Regatta, a test that hosts a total of six Olympic classes - 470, 49er, 49erFX, iQFOil Women and Men and Nacra 17- will bring together more than 350 sailors from Asia, America, Oceania and Europe, including Olympic champions and medallists, world and continental champions and many of the Top 3 in the world.
The first classes to compete will be 470 Mixed, 49er and 49erFX, with registrations on Thursday the 9th while competition will start on Friday the 10th.
The world champions of these three classes, as well as Olympic medalists and champions, are already training in Lanzarote and have not wanted to miss the opportunity to add hours of sailing in the amazing different conditions offered by this Canary Island.
The fast 49er and 49erFX skiffs already know what it's like to participate in Olympic Games, while the 470 mixed class will debut as an Olympic fleet in Paris 2024 and it also does so as a class here at the third edition of the Lanzarote International Regatta.
More than 30 crews from countries such as Argentina, Italy, France, Sweden, Germany, Israel, Turkey and Spain will be at the 470’s start line. There is no shortage of the last world and European class podiums, with the current world champions, Germans Luise Wanser and Philipp Autenrieth; the world and European runners-up, the Spanish Jordi Xammar and Nora Brugman; and the European champions, the Swedes Anton Dahlberg -silver in Tokyo in the former 470 Men now racing with Lovisa Karlsson.
As the 470 class is now mixed, we also see in its ranks many Olympic medalists now sailing with new crews. Thus, athletes like Spaniard Nico Rodríguez (bronze medal in Tokyo together with Xammar) is now sailing with his compatriot Silvia Mas, or the French Camille Lecointre and Aloïse Retornaz (bronze in Tokyo) will also compete for the title in Lanzarote with a new crewmember.
This international event organized 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).