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09 Feb 2023

More than 360 of the world’s best sailors are ready to compete at the Lanzarote International Regatta, which takes place in the south of the Canary Island from 9 to 17 February.

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Lanzarote international regatta 2023


- Only the 3rd edition, but already a world-class Olympic regatta
- 367 sailors from 39 nations competing across six Olympic disciplines
- Multiple Olympic medallists and world champions set to compete
- Regatta starts with competition in 470 Mixed, 49er and 49erFX skiffs

The second half concludes with Nacra 17 catamaran and iQFOiL men and women’s foiling windsurfer

More than 360 of the world’s best sailors are ready to compete at the Lanzarote International Regatta, which takes place in the south of the Canary Island from 9 to 17 February.

Only in its third year, Lanzarote International Regatta is rapidly establishing itself as one of the ‘must go’ events on the Olympic sailing circuit, with 39 nations represented this week. Following swiftly on from the recent Lanzarote iQFOil Games, the Lanzarote International Regatta has brought together a world-class group of race officials to run the event for six Olympic disciplines: 49er, 49erFX, 470 Mixed, iQFOil Women and Men and Nacra 17 catamaran.

The regatta is divided into two halves. The first classes to compete will be 470 Mixed, 49er and 49erFX, with competition taking place from 10 to 13 February. Then the iQFOil and Nacra 17 fleet will race from 14 to 17 February.

470 Mixed

Pretty much all the big names from the 470 Mixed class are in Lanzarote. Although the 470 has been in the Olympic line-up since 1976, it’s still early days since men and women combined into one boat to race as 470 Mixed. The jury is still out on which helm/crew combination is best: female/male or male/female.

Even though it’s a long established class, techniques are still developing in the 470 as the crews work out the best way to work the boat through the waves. Luise Wanser & Philipp Autenrieth (GER) dominated the 470 World Championships three months ago in Israel and will start as favourites. However there are plenty of teams who can threaten the Germans, including some of their own teammates such as the husband and wife duo, Malte & Anastasiya Winkel (GER).

Others to watch include the Tokyo 2020 Olympic silver medallist Anton Dahlberg (SWE) who with new crew Lovisa Karlsson won last season’s European Championships in Turkey, and a strong contingent of Spanish sailors led by 2020 Olympic bronze medallist Jordi Xammar.

The acknowledged master of high-speed downwind 470 sailing in waves, Xammar and his crew Nora Brugman could be a formidable force if Lanzarote delivers on its big-wave potential. Xammar & Brugman took silver medals at last year’s Europeans and Worlds, while the world championship bronze medallists Camille Lecointre & Jeremie Mion (FRA) are another experienced team who will be fighting hard for the top of the podium.

Wanser has enjoyed her time training with Autenrieth in Lanzarote over the past two months. “It's my second time here in Marina Rubicon and it's just so much fun here. I mean, I’m from Hamburg and it’s freezing there right now! Here we’re in warm, sunny conditions and sometimes we’re sailing among dolphins, it’s incredible. I had the choice I’d stay here, but of course we have other regattas to go to on the circuit.”

Autenrieth added: “Lanzarote is just a beautiful place for sailing. Of course we work hard and the training days are long, but to be surrounded by dolphins and sea turtles is a very nice distraction that keeps you motivated and excited to keep on doing what we do.”

How Lockdown put Lanzarote on the map

Up until a few years ago, Lanzarote was fairly well kept secret as a great training ground for Spanish sailors and a few well informed international competitors. How things have changed in the past three years, as Rafael Lasso, CEO of Marina Rubicón, explained: “During lockdown in Europe when a lot of regattas were being cancelled, we put up our hand and said ‘we’re ready to host some regattas!’ So we organised our first Lanzarote International Regatta in February 2021 which was already a success.

“People from different countries started to realise what an amazing venue we have, not just for training, but for championship racing. The 2022 edition was difficult when the Omicron strain of Covid was breaking out, but we still made it happen. And now this year, 2023, we have our biggest entry yet and we’re excited to have brought together a group of world-class race officials to put on the highest quality competition for the world’s best Olympic sailors.” In early 2024 Marina Rubicón will host the iQFOiL Worlds and the 49er & 49erFX Worlds.

Andy Rice, event reporter

* 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).