Canary Islands is the new venue for Europe and Africa Olympic qualifier for 49ER, FX and NACRA 17 classes

Marina Rubicon in Lanzarote has been confirmed by World Sailing as new venue for the event.

The iconic island of Lanzarote in Canary Islands (Spain) will be the European and African continental qualification regatta for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games. With the confirmation from World Sailing and Class Association the new dates provide the opportunity for these Olympic Classes (49er, FX and Nacra 17) to take the ticket and participate in next Olympics.

This regatta will be organized by Canary Islands Sailing Federation and Marina Rubicon, with the support of the Canary Islands Government. The schedule provides around 15 races plus Medal Race on three different Racing Areas.

Rafael Bonilla, President of Canary Island Federation said: “We are delighted as an event of these characteristics in Lanzarote. It’s a good opportunity to show the potential from Spain. Our main target is to provide an amazing regatta and the best hospitality and organization for all the teams”

Rafael Lasso Lorenzo, Marina Rubicon’s CEO commented: “ we, as passionate sailors and passionate about our Island, are very happy to be able to host this qualification and show the world of sailing the excellent combination between water and land that Lanzarote and Canary Islands offers. All our staff is really looking forward to this event and the opportunity to have more important events in the future.”

The main support for the event comes from Canary Islands Tourism board. The regional Government’s Tourism department has activated various communication actions addressed to 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 supporting international regattas that will allow consolidating 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 qualifier is a unprecedented success and a historic milestone in sailing for the Canary Islands. Right now we are the only place that offers the guarantees of sanitary security and the suitable climatic conditions for this type of events, with a fabulous regatta course in terms of navigability”.

At the moment 35 countries are training in Lanzarote for Tokio 2020 in all the Olympic sailing classes. More than 300 sailors and staff have chosen this island for the last training stages before the Olympics. The feedback from sailors and coaches has been crucial for the election of Marina Rubicon as the new venue for the Olympic qualification.

About Marina Rubicón, Lanzarote and Canary Islands.

Marina Rubicon is a unique setting, in the south of Lanzarote (Spain), between the natural monument of los Ajaches and Playa Blanca. This magnificent setting offers just the right place to sail and train all year around.  

Canary Islands, Top 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 to perform their training. In addition to sailors, also surfers, triathletes, swimmers, paragliders, beach volleyball players and cyclists from all over the world choose the Canary Islands as their training base. Moreover, there are national teams or top-level teams, such as the INEOS Grenadiers or the Jumbo-Visma in cycling, which prepare for the major competitions of the season on the slopes of the archipelago. And the fact is that passing quickly 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 athletic performance, and Teide, the highest peak in Spain, is a favourite by cyclists.


The numbers for the Canary Islands are clear. 23º average in summer, 19º in winter and 4,800 hours of daylight per year. “The Canary Islands has been an established sports tourism destination for many years. We are the only place in Europe that has extraordinary conditions for training in winter. And this year even more so. The islands are an oasis in this unhappy winter 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 the main European cities in a matter of a few hours. The islands have 1,500 kilometers of coastline washed by volcanic waters rich in nutrients and suitable for thalassotherapy, which helps with quick recovery. Also, there is a wide range of facilities for high-level athletes, such as Olympic champion Max Salminen, who says that “we all feel as if we have discovered paradise.”

Spain triumphs in Lanzarote

The Spanish team proves to be more than ready for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, taking 3 podiums with two golds and a bronze: Diego Botín and Iago López topping the 49er, Canary Islands favourite Tara Pacheco and Catalan Florian Trittel leading in Nacra 17 and Tamara Echegoyen with Paula Barceló surprising with 49er FX bronze.

Finland qualifies for the Olympic Games in the Canary Islands

The Finnish team of Sinem Kurtbay and Janne Jarvine booked their place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Lanzarote International Regatta in the Canary Islands. The Finnish duo got the place even before the Medal Race, for which they qualified in the top five.

Belgium qualifies for the Olympic Games in the Canary Islands

The Belgian team of Isaura Maenhaut and Anouk Geurts booked their place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Lanzarote International Regatta in the Canary Islands. The Finnish duo got the place even before the Medal Race, for which they qualified in the top five.

Ireland qualifies for the Olympic Games in the Canary Islands

The Irish team of Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove booked their place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (49er class) at the Lanzarote International Regatta in the Canary Islands. The Irish duo got the place even before the Medal Race, for which they qualified in the top five.

Lanzarote reserves olympic passes for medal race

The Olympic places for Tokyo 2020 are still open. Finland is close to a ticket to Tokyo in the Nacra 17 flying catamaran, Ireland holds the 49er pass, while Belgium is in contention for the pass and the Medal Race. The final will be broadcast live on the Olympic Channel and World Sailing.

Canary Islands becomes a prelude to the Olympic Games

The Spanish team continues to dominate the Lanzarote International Regatta, with Canary Islander Tara Pacheco and Catalan Florian Trittel holding first place in Nacra 17, plus Cantabrian Diego Botín and Galician Iago López topping the 49er. Could we see the same result in Tokyo 2020?

The Spanish Team dominates the Pre-Olympics

Tara Pacheco from the Canary Islands and Florian Trittel from Barcelona have shown that they know how to read both the wind and the waves of Lanzarote better than anyone else on the Canary Islands regatta course.

The Spanish Olympic team places in the top ten in Lanzarote

The Irish, Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove, have been the first to take first place in the 49er, while the French Lili Sebesi and Albane Dubois are positioned in the women`s 49er FX. The Germans Paul Kohlhoff and Alica Stuhlemmer got in the last minute the first place in the Nacra 17 class.

NEW DATES - Notice of Race updated

Due Covid-19 pandemic restrictions the Organizing Authority has made some adjustments to facilitate the logistic between Canary Islands and the mainland.

Main Sponsors

Islas Canarias - Calidad de Vida
Cabildo de Lanzarote
Turismo Lanzarote
Turismo Lanzarote

Organizers / Institutional

Federación Canaria de Vela
Marina Rubicón
Real Club Nautico Arrecife
World Sailing
Real Federación Española de Vela
Consejo Superior de Deporte
Gobierno de Canarias
Ayuntamiento de Yaiza


Naviera Armas
Club de Regatas 4 Vientos
Club Deportivo Código Cero
Real Club Náutico Gran Canaria
Federación de Vela Latina Canaria
Federación Insular de Vela Latina Lanzarote

In recognition

Barbara Muller
H10 Rubicón Palace