Pilar Lamadrid sets the pace on the opening day of the Lanzarote iQFOil Games

The Lanzarote iQFOil Games They are already underway and they could not have started better for Pilar Lamadrid. The Andalusian Olympic windsurfer, and current number 1 in the world ranking, was the one who set the pace during the first day and that is He managed to prevail in three of the four tests that were held. Lamadrid, who already won the Lanzarote iQFOil Games last year, has not taken long to verify her good sailing moment and is the one that strikes first in a competition that is in charge of opening the 2023 season of what will be a new Olympic class in the Paris Games next year.

Lanzarote woke up this Tuesday with unbeatable conditions and the Bocayna Strait, in front of the Marina Rubicón port, demonstrated why it is one of the favorite places for sailors to train and compete in winter. There was sun, a stable wind of between 15 and 18 knots and an Atlantic wave of between one and three meters. The conditions were unbeatable and that is why iQFOil experienced a spectacle on the water, being able to complete the four scheduled regattas. They were in windward-leeward format and very fast, in two and a half hours they were completed. The male windsurfer who registered the highest speed during the tests was the current world champion, the German Sebastian Kördel, with 30.2 knots (56 km/h), while the Galician Tomás Vieito was the eighth fastest, with 29.2 knots (54 km/h). In the case of the girls, the British Alice Read reached 25.8 knots (47.7 km/h).

In the women’s category, there are 66 participants in these Lanzarote iQFOil Games and Pilar Lamadrid was the best on this first day of competition. The Andalusian, who won three of the four tests held, only had problems in the third and that is that she went into the water in the last stern when she was in fourth position and in the end she was sixth. “You have to keep an eye on the entire fleet, you get a little confused and well, then you already enter the fight, but I am very happy with today. I am here to train, improve and of course also to enjoy it and here in Lanzarote that is always easy. It has been incredible that the east wind has entered, which was not foreseen. There are perfect sailing conditions here and I am very happy with the three victories todayLamadrid commented. The Israeli Sharon Kantor seems like the main rival of the Spanish because she won one test (the third) and in the rest she was second. Hence, it is only two points away from Lamadrid. Also Israeli Katy Spychakov is third, 18 points behind the Andalusian. The other Spanish representative, Nicole Van der Velden, was 17th. And Andrea Torres, in the Under-21 category, 11th.


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On the other hand, in the male category there are 84 participants and that is why the fleet is divided into two (yellow and blue). He did it in front of the Papagayo beach, in the south of the island of Lanzarote, and the British Sam Sills (double world champion when he was a junior windsurfer) nailed it. He did not give his rivals from the yellow fleet an option by winning the four tests of the day. “It’s been a fantastic day, with incredible conditions: 15 knots, four tests, ‘Barlo-Sota’… I hope it’s the same tomorrow! Most of the time we had to bet on the left side of the field. It’s great to be racing the fleet again,” said Sills. The Pole Pawel Tarnowski is provisional second after some partial 2-4-3-2 achieved competing in the blue fleet. And the men’s podium of this first day is closed by the Israeli Tom Reuveny. Among the Spanish representatives, the best positioned is the Majorcan Nacho Baltasar, who occupies the third provisional place among the youth teams and 34th overall.

Provisional overall podium. iQFOil Female. Day 1.

1. Pilar Lamadrid (ESP), 1+1+(6)+1=3

2. Sharon Kantor (ISR), (2)+2+1+2=5

3. Katy Spychakov (ISR), 3+3+2+(13)=21

Provisional overall podium. iQFOil Male. Day 1.

1.Sam Sills (GBR), (1)+1+1+1=3

2. Pawel Tarnowski (POL), 2+(4)+3+2=7

3. Tom Reuveny (ISR), 1+6+1+(19)=8

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