The island of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands (Spain) it will host the European and African continental qualifying regattas for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games. With the confirmation of the International Sailing Federation, World Sailing and international classes Nacra 17, 49er and FX, the new dates offer the opportunity for athletes of these Olympic classes of win a place and participate in the next Olympics.
This regatta will be organized byr Castillo del Águila Nautical Club – Marina Rubicón, Real Club Náutico de Arrecife and the Canarian Sailing Federation, with the support of the Government of the Canary Islands. The calendar offers around 15 regattas plus Mmedal Race in three different regatta areas.
Rafael Bonilla, President of the Canarian Sailing Federation in this regard has stated: “We are delighted with an event of these characteristics in Lanzarote. It is a good opportunity to show the potential of Spain. Our main objective is to provide an incredible regatta and the best hospitality and organization from the Canary Islands for all teams”
Rafael Lasso Lorenzo, CEO of Marina Rubicon commented: “We, passionate sailors and passionate about our Island, are very happy to be able to accept this qualification and show the sailing world the excellent combination of water and land that Lanzarote and the Canary Islands offer. All our staff are fully involved in this regatta and the opportunity to have more important events in the future. “
The main support for the event comes from the Canary Islands Tourism Council. The Department of Tourism of the autonomous government has initiated various communication actions aimed at the sports tourism segment and professional athletes to make them aware of the alternatives offered by both Lanzarote and the rest of the Archipelago. This strategy includes support for international regattas that will consolidate the image of the Canary Islands as a European benchmark in nautical sports.
The Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce of the Government of the Canary Islands, Yaiza Castilla, has ensured that: “The announcement of the International Sailing Federation designating Lanzarote as the venue for the Olympic qualification is an unprecedented success and a historic milestone in sailing in the Canary Islands. At this moment we are the only place that offers the guarantees of sanitary security and suitable climatic conditions for this type of event, with marvelous regatta and sailing areas.
Currently 35 countries are training in Lanzarote for Tokyo 2020 in all Olympic sailing classes. More than 300 sailors and technical personnel have chosen this island for the final stages of training prior to the Olympic Games. The response and feedback from the sailors and coaches has been crucial for the choice of Marina Rubicón as the new place for the Olympic qualification.
About Marina Rubicón, Lanzarote and the Canary Islands.
Marina Rubicon is located in a unique environment, in the south of Lanzarote (Spain), between the natural monument of Los Ajaches and Playa Blanca. Various sea conditions, a constant wind together with the good temperature and surroundings make this area of Lanzarote the perfect place to sail and train throughout the year.
Canary Islands, Main Sports Destination
The natural conditions of the Canary Islands transform the Archipelago into a paradise for professional training and active sports. Many elite athletes choose the Archipelago for their training. In addition to sailors and sailors, also surfers, triathletes, swimmers, paragliders, beach volleyball players and cyclists from all over the world choose the Canary Islands as their training base. In addition, there are international or high-level teams, such as INEOS or Jumbo-Visma in cycling, which are preparing for the main competitions of the season on the tracks of the archipelago. And it is that quickly passing from sea level to more than 1,800 meters is very easy due to its volcanic origin. Training at altitude, with lower atmospheric pressure, improves sports performance, and Teide, the highest peak in Spain, is one of the favorites of cyclists.
The numbers for the Canary Islands are clear. 23 degrees on average in summer, 19 degrees in winter and 4,800 hours of daylight per year. “The Canary Islands have been an established sports tourism destination for many years. We are the only place in Europe that has extraordinary conditions for winter training. And this year even more. The islands are an oasis in this sad winter that we are suffering. in the world “, says José Juan Lorenzo.
The connectivity of the Canary Islands, even now, allows athletes to reach the Archipelago from major European cities in a matter of hours. The islands have 1,500 kilometers of coastline bathed by volcanic waters rich in nutrients and suitable for thalassotherapy, which helps a rapid recovery. In addition, there is a wide range of facilities for top athletes, such as Olympic champion Max Salminen, who says that “we all feel as if we have discovered paradise”.