The Galician athlete will once again take her place among the participants in the open water race held in the crystal-clear waters of Puerto del Carmen
A week before the celebration of the Club La Santa IRONMAN Lanzarote, one of the most popular races on the island, the Sailfish Lanzarote Open Water event will take place. Professional and amateur athletes swim together in this race in the calm waters of Puerto del Carmen. Among the participants in the open water competition will be the Galician triathlete Saleta Castro, who is returning to “her island” to participate in one of her favourite events.
“I’ve always been warmly welcomed by the island. People have accepted me as if I was on home territory “
Saleta visited Lanzarote for the first time more than 10 years ago and since then she has been a regular on the island, both for training and when competing in different sporting events. Her most acclaimed achievement was third place in the Lanzarote IRONMAN in 2013.
For Saleta “competing in Lanzarote is very special to me. I always say the same thing, because I did my first IRONMAN here and the island has always shown me a great welcome”. The Galician has also won the Desafío Octava Isla, a trail triathlon held on the island of La Graciosa, several times.
“It’s true that being able to swim in Puerto del Carmen is a luxury, because it’s a peaceful spot and you’re in open water, which is a bonus“
The Sailfish Lanzarote Open Water is held in Playa Grande, Puerto del Carmen, a place that Saleta knows very well because it’s one of her training areas and also where the IRONMAN swim is held. In Saleta’s opinion, “it’s a great place for people to do a little trial for the IRONMAN, and in fact it’s great for anyone who wants to start swimming in open water”.
The triathlete also highlights the feeling of security that swimming in Puerto del Carmen gives you, “because it’s a quiet area and although you’re in open water, which many people are afraid of, you can see the coast and the seabed at all times”.
Finally, Saleta Castro also highlights the atmosphere that is generated before and after the race, in the moments where “triathletes, swimmers, even people who are beginners come together, because this is a race that has different distances. It’s part of the Spanish Cup, and the Canary Cup, and for people who want to get started. In the end it’s the best memory you can take away from a competition”.
“The truth is that Sailfish has a really great atmosphere, there’s a really great, welcoming family feel to it. It makes the event really special”