Lanzarote, May 9, 2021
Yesterday the Lanzarote Foil Challenge was held, the first international regatta around the island of Lanzarote in foil windsurfing, which finally had the participation of 15 sailors, among whom were the first international figures of this sport as well as local sailors who for 9 approximately hours and a half they traveled the coast of the island in this first edition of the first ultra marathon regatta on a windsurf board.
The test began around 9 a.m. in Playa Blanca, going up the Janubio coast to El Golfo with a total of 12 miles in a time of around 1 hour. This first section passed without any incident, with the German Sebastian Kördel finishing first, Mateus Isaac second and the Lithuanian Rytis Jasiunas third.
The second section to La Santa was marked by the lack of wind that prevented several of the participants from continuing to La Graciosa. The Frenchman Damien Arnoux withdrew from the competition due to problems with his team and Basile Jacquin, Kurosh Kiani, Nico Forés and the locals Esteban Nieto and Rafael Lasso were absent, for whom the lack of wind played a trick on them. After almost two hours of navigation, the Portuguese Miguel Martinho arrived in La Santa in first position, Mateus Isaac in second and Ramón Pastor in third, although this section was exempt from scoring.
Six sailors continued to the island of La Graciosa in the third section to La Caletilla beach with Mateus Isaac in the lead, followed by Sebastian Kördel and José Luis Boronat. After a half-hour break to eat and adjust the material, the regatta resumed around 3:00 p.m. to head to Las Cucharas beach, where they were received by the Tourism Councilor of Teguise, Antonio.
Callero, Mateus Isaac arriving in first position followed by Ramón Pastor and Sebastian Kördel. Here the sailors who had to withdraw in La Santa joined the test, but without scoring.
With the wind in our favor, the return to Marina Rubicón began. After some sections marked by a lack of wind, this last part of the race developed favorably and the sailors enjoyed the run with winds of more than 20 knots, reaching a speed of approximately 40 km/h. This section to Playa Honda was the last one that scored with Sebastian Kördel in the lead, Mateus Isaac in second position and Rytis Jasiunas in third place.
In less than an hour the last stretch to Marina Rubicón took place, where the first to arrive was Sebastian Kördel followed by Mateus Isaac and Rytis Jasiunas. All the sailors were received by the audience who applauded the feat of circumnavigating the island in 9 and a half hours.
In the final classification, the Brazilian Mateus Isaac won the victory, with the German Sebastian Kördel second and the Spanish Ramón Pastor third. The awards ceremony was carried out by Francisco J. Aparicio, insular sports advisor; Daniel Martín Arroyo, president of the Los Charcos Windsurfing Club, and Beatriz Piñeiro, head of Communication and Marketing at Marina Rubicón.
The awards ceremony marked the end of the celebration of this first ultra-marathon regatta on a windsurf board, which has undoubtedly left its participants good feelings, being a real challenge that they have faced while enjoying the waves of the Conejero coast. .
The organizers of the Lanzarote FoilChallenge, the Los Charcos Windsurfing Club, Marina Rubicón, the Canarian Sailing Federation and the Real Club Náutico de Arrecife were very grateful to all the sponsors and collaborators who have made this first edition possible, hoping that this regatta have continuity and
consolidate the island of Lanzarote as one of the best settings for foil windsurfing.