The Canary Islands to Madeira Sailing Regatta takes place every 2 years from different locations in the Canary Islands and from Madeira, it last started from Lanzarote 8 years ago. The race usually consists of around 46 Sail Boats from other Canary Islands like Tenerife and Gran Canaria as well as Madeira, a true cultural exchange that brings together hundreds of sailing enthusiasts. Participants start the race from the three main sporting marinas in Lanzarote, Marina Rubicon, Puerto Calero and Marina Lanzarote.
We were lucky enough to meet the crew of the “Swing” a 50ft sail boat that arrived from Madeira last week to participate in the 19th Edition of the Canary Islands to Madeira Sailing Regatta. The crew of 10, all Madeirans from Funchal, were preparing to set sail back to Madeira. Whilst in Lanzarote, the crew took the opportunity to tour the island and gathered with local teams to enjoy meals and social outings.
There was a real buzz on board as they made the final preparations to leave the following morning. They explained that throughout the journey back they would each take it in shifts to have short breaks to sleep and eat, in order to make the 48 to 50 hour journey in time simply by using sail and the power of the winds to reach Madeira, an estimated 290 nautical miles. You have to admire their fortitude!
We wish all participants luck and hope they don’t encounter too much bad weather!