Olympic sailing returns to the Mar Menor

The Mar Menor Hotel is preparing to host a first-class event. 24 years later, it will once again be the scene of an Olympic event. In 1996 it hosted a selection test and four years later, in 2000, the European Class of Europe was organized in its waters. From 15 to 24 March 2024, Los Alcazares will see the European Formula Kite Championship, a category that has been integrated into the Olympic program for the first time. It will premiere at the Paris 2024 event.

For this reason, the best in this area will be in Mar Menor. This will be a chance to see some of the best kite sailors, just three months before they compete for an Olympic medal in Marseille, the venue that will host kitesurfing at next year’s Olympics. Formula Kite will be an Olympic debut, sharing the stage with the 470 or Nacra 17, iQFOil, ILCA 7, ILCA 6, 49er and 49erFX classes.

With Olympic ticket

  • 49er fx
    Tamara Echegoen and Paula Barceló.

  • 49er
    Diego Botín and Florian Trittel.

  • Denied 17
    Tara Pacheco and Andres Barrio.

  • Thwarting male intelligence
    Nacho Balthasar.

  • Thwarting feminine intelligence
    Pilar to Madrid.

  • Male laser
    Joaquin Blanco.

  • 470 mixed
    Jordi Zammar and Nora Brueggemann.

  • Women’s kite formula
    Gisela Pulido.

The Mar Menor Sailing Club event in Los Alcazares, organized in collaboration with the IKA (International Kitesurfing Association), EUROSAF (European Sailing Federation) and Univela Sailing, will represent an important milestone in the Mar Menor, since the media impact will be very high, both at the level of sailors who They will participate at the event or visitor level. It will also be a great showcase, not only of the lake or the city of Los Alcázares, but also of the Murcia region, putting it back on the global sailing map.

Selection system

The Mar Menor European Championship has a strict selection and participation system. The regatta is designed to prioritize quality over quantity for participants, which is why participation is limited to a “limited number” and closed by country and gender. These numbers are set at 150 sailors, 90 men and 60 women, with a long waiting list covering possible last-minute cancellations, through a strict arrangement of international and country classification.

The regattas can be followed live via live broadcast and will be broadcast on 170 television channels in 70 countries. They have a score of 100, which is the highest possible score in their category. Due to the new, moreover, feature of the Olympic Method, all participants have a multidisciplinary team that accompanies them in their boat races: coaches, physical trainers, equipment technicians, technical and organizational advisors, as well as many participants with technical assistance from brands of kite manufacturers. Or gliders.

The regattas can be followed live via live broadcast and will be broadcast on 170 TV channels in 70 countries

With these numbers, and after the previous year’s statistics in the United Kingdom, the event in Los Alcázares, the “sailing-friendly city”, could exceed 500 people who will participate directly in the event, not counting the fans who will arrive from all over the world. Cross Europe to follow these high-level sporting regattas. The direct economic impact could exceed €1 million, both at the time of the competition and in the days leading up to it.

Gisela Pulido earned a share for Spain in the Women’s Formula Kite Championship after her performance at the European Championships held in Portsmouth (UK) last September. With this, the Spanish Olympic Committee has already secured a place in eight sailing categories for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

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