IQFoil Games: No wind but plenty of fun

The sailors have been able to recover this Wednesday after the battle experienced during the first day of the Lanzarote iQFoil Games, as, unfortunately, there was not a breath of wind.

Despite the race committee’s best efforts throughout the day, it was impossible to send the sailors out on the water.

More than 100 competitors who are on the Canary Island have taken the opportunity to take a break and enjoy the island, where they have been training for months. “We’ve been training in Lanzarote for a few months now, and we couldn’t be better, as the island and the wind have welcomed us very well,” said Spain’s Pilar La Madrid, who currently leads the ranking in the women’s category, after managing to stay in the lead in the five races held on Tuesday. Pilar, who has swept and won all the races so far, is ready and willing to measure herself against the best in this circuit.

Flags just flying on post. Windsurfer gear on the marina.
It was impossible to send the sailors out on the water on day two. Pic – Sailing Energy

Thomas Goyard, Silver medallist at Tokyo 2020, said: “The island is really amazing, especially for surfing, but also for other outdoor sports such as diving or cycling, even skydiving.” The Frenchman, is currently ranked 15th in the men’s category. 

“It’s great to be here to compete, but also to train with the whole French team, even though it’s going to be a long season,” added Nicolas Goyard, third in the rankings.

The forecast for Thursday January 27 looks promising.

This international competition serves as a prelude to the Olympic Games, as it has brought together the best in class, which serves to measure themselves. “There are a lot of people and we will be able to train very well in Lanzarote,” said Pilar La Madrid.

The iQFOIL Games, sponsored by the Cabildo de Lanzarote’s Tourism and Sports Department, Promotur, are the first stop on the world circuit of the class, and will count towards the world ranking in order to qualify for the European Championship in Garda and the World Championship in Brest at the end of the year. This first edition of the world circuit takes place in the waters of Playa Blanca from January 24 to 29, in front of the marina of Marina Rubicón, organiser of the event, together with Dinghy coach.

 By iQFOiL International Games 

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