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Mon, 15/02/2021 - 10:13

Lanzarote chosen as venue for European and African Olympic sailing qualifier

The milestone decision is an unprecedented success for sailing in the Islands. With Turismo de Islas Canarias as main supporter, local sailing federation Federación Canaria de Vela and Marina Rubicón are hosting the qualifier regatta for the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games. More than 300 sailors from 35 countries are training in Lanzarote across all Olympic sailing classes.

Lanzarote has been chosen as the venue for the European and African qualifier regatta, in which Nacra 17, 49er and FX sailing hopefuls will compete for a place in the 2021 Olympics. The efforts of the Federación Canaria de Vela and Marina Rubicón, supported by Turismo de Islas Canarias, have paid off after the decision announced by the International Sailing Federation.

The choice of Lanzarote as the venue for the Olympic qualifier is an excellent opportunity to promote the Canary Islands in sports tourism.

Our islands currently have the health safeguards and favourable weather conditions to hold all kinds of sports events, and hosting the qualifier round is a great opportunity to show the world what the Canary Islands have to offer.

At Turismo de Islas Canarias we’ve been working on communication actions aimed at the sports tourism and professional athletes sector to showcase what’s available in the Islands. The strategy includes supporting international regattas that consolidate the image of the Canary Islands as a European leader in water sports.

The Canary Islands are consolidating their image as a European leader in water sports.

More than 300 sailors training in Lanzarote

Sailors from 35 countries are now training in Lanzarote for Tokyo 2021 in all Olympic sailing classes. More than 300 sailors and technical staff have chosen the island for the final stages of training in the runup to the Olympic Games. The impressions of these professionals and their experience of Lanzarote were key factors in the choice of Marina Rubicón as the venue for the Olympic qualifier, thanks to the excellent sea, wind and temperature conditions and the ideal location for year-round training.

Sailors from 35 countries have chosen Lanzarote for the runup to the Olympics.

The outstanding natural conditions of the Canary Islands make the region a very attractive place for professional sport. Many elite athletes choose the Islands for training, not only for sailing, but also for other disciplines such as surfing, triathlon, swimming, paragliding and cycling. International and high-level sportspeople, including cycling teams INEOS and Jumbo-Visma, come to the Canary Islands to prepare for the main competitions of the season.

* This campaign is 85% co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).