Marina Rubicón hosted this exciting competition, which drew more than 200 athletes from 43 nations. The event was an international spectacle nestled in a true paradise for this sporting discipline
Lanzarote, with its crystal clear waters and perfect winds, has established itself as the world epicentre of Olympic sailing, welcoming the exciting IQ Foil World Championship competition in Marina Rubicón. For a week, more than 200 athletes from 43 countries transformed the waters of the south of the island into an impressive stage for this top-level nautical event. The grand finale culminated with the crowning of Sharon Kantor (ISR) and Nicolo Renna (ITA) as the new iQFOiL world champions.
The competition began with slalom format events for both men and women, with Luuc van Opzeeland taking an early lead, while Emma Wilson emerged as the initial leader among the women. The wind ranged between 10 and 15 knots, together with a change of course, providing an exciting spectacle in the marina and on Papagayo beach.
With four slalom races and four wins, Luuc van Opzeeland started strong, but the competition was fierce. Runner-up Sebastian Koerdel and New Zealander Joshua Armit were not far behind, tying for second place. On the Spanish side, Bernat Tomàs stood out as the best of the day, while Nacho Baltasar also signed an excellent performance.
On the women’s scene, Emma Wilson demonstrated her skill by winning four of the five slalom events, establishing herself as a force to be reckoned with. The Spanish Pilar Lamadrid followed closely, achieving consistent results. The competition was in full swing, with participants enjoying the incredible conditions that Lanzarote offered.
The third day was characterized by perfect conditions, between 12 and 16 knots of wind, atmospheric stability and adequate waves, as described by Nico Goyard. Five more regatta events were completed, altering the podiums in all categories except for the leaders, Luuc van Opzeeland and Emma Wilson.
Already on the fourth day we saw the division of the fleet into gold and silver groups. Emma Wilson continued her dominance, although with a small stumble, reaffirming herself as a formidable contender. Among the men, Luuc van Opzeeland did not relinquish the lead, but Nicolo Renna and Tom Reuveny emerged on the podium.
The fifth day brought the competition to its climax, as the top 10 for the Medal Series were decided. The tension was palpable, and each race had crucial implications for the participants. Between general calls and black flags, Emma Wilson remained intractable, securing her place in the Grand Final. Pilar Lamadrid, representing Spain with skill, also stood out.
On the last day, the excitement reached its peak with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and the Grand Final. Emma Wilson continued her reign, while Sharon Kantor became world champion in an intense competition. In the men’s category, Nicolo Renna sailed the waters of Lanzarote to take the title, demonstrating an exceptional performance.
The trophy presentation successfully closed the event, but Marina Rubicón already has her sights set on the next world event: the world championships of the 49er and 49erFX classes at the Lanzarote International Regatta 2024, from March 4 to 10. Lanzarote, with its perfect natural setting, continues to be an unrivaled destination for lovers of Olympic sailing, consolidating its position as the world epicenter of this exciting sport.