I Sailfish Lanzarote Openwater – nothing is impossible

After months of hard work, we finally met on the 16th of May at the Playa Grande in Puerto del Carmen, to launch the first edition of the Sailfish Lanzarote Open Water.

With almost perfect weather conditions, since there was nearly no wind and therefore a very calm sea, swimmers and triathletes from all over the world gathered at the beachfront, ready to jump into the water.

  • Raul Santiago Betancor and Alice Franco, the winners of the I Sailfish Lanzarote Open Water.

The international representation of the swimmers put the bar very high, but in the end a Canarian citizen won the race. The young swimmer Raul Santiago Betancor from Gran Canaria showed of his talent during the two lapse circuit. He was the first to cross the finish line at the time of 00:45:39. The Argentine Damián Blaum ranked the second place (00:46:58) and the third position on the podium went to the Brazilian Samir Botelho (00:48:08).

In the women category the Italian champion swimmer Alice Franco completed the 3.8km as the first in 00:48:10. Followed by the two Spanish competitors Esther Nuñez Morera (00:48:28) and Luisa Mar Morales (00:49:02).

Sailfish Lanzarote Open Water Results 2015

  • Sailfish Lanzarote Open Water, the prior open water event to the Ironman Lanzarote.

The first edition of the Sailfish Lanzarote Open Water is a great swimming test before the International Ironman Lanzarote event. It is the perfect opportunity to bring swimmers and triathletes from all over the world together and to prepare for the Ironman circuit.

The date for the second edition is already set: May 14, 2016. We are looking forward to seeing you again!

The first edition of Sailfish Lanzarote Open Water is coming.

May 16th holds an exciting new event in the sports calendar: the first Sailfish Lanzarote Open Water

Sailfish Lanzarote Open Water is designed of all types of swimmers, both professional and amateur, and tests for all ages. The competition accommodates 5-modes and 4 circuits, all located in the clear waters of Playa Grande, Puerto Del Carmen.

The biggest categories consist of 3.8km and 1.9km, where the top 3 finishers in both distances will be presented with prizes.

The deadline for registration is already open, you can view all information on

Lanzarote Moves to the Sound of the Music Marathon

On Saturday 27th October 2012 they were dancing in the streets of Puerto Del Carmen…and running, walking, wheeling and roller-skating to the soundtrack of nine live bands and all in a good cause.

When Kenneth Gasque decided four years ago to initiate the Lanzarote Music Marathon Festival, he hit on an idea that encompassed everything Lanzarote does best – sports, inclusion for all and giving generously in support of others while having a good time. No surprise then that his idea should take off and be an instant hit. Throw Kenneth’s skill and experience as organiser of the Ocean Lava Trail, the Lanzarote Wine Run and the notorious Lanzarote Ironman competition into the ring and you’ve got a recipe for success which is now in its fourth year and improving with every event.

The idea is simple and is based on the concept that love of music bridges all barriers of language, age and ability. This year an astounding almost 500 participants bought into that concept on Saturday and took to the streets of Puerto Del Carmen.

Music Marathon festival Lanzarote

Anyone can join in the Music Marathon by choosing to walk, run, jog, roller blade, roller skate or handbike over eighth (5km), quarter (10.5km) or half marathon (21km) distance, accompanied all the way by the music of live bands to keep their rhythm rocking and by crowds of spectators to keep their spirits and motivation to succeed sky high. With children’s races and an all day party atmosphere, it was fun in the sun on race day.

When it came to podium places, the top spot for the men was occupied by Xavi Queral who completed the half marathon distance in a time of 1hr 12mins, beating Jose Antonio Ramallo to the tape by just 12 seconds. Coming in third was Lanzarote triathlete Stephen Bayliss who finished in 1hr 14mins 25secs. In the women’s category it was Katie North who was first to cross the half marathon finishing line in a time of 1hr 32mins 59secs beating last year’s winner, Rosi Fontes into second position and Laura García Tuñón into third. Watch here the aftermovie of the event.

Music Marathon festival Lanzarote

At quarter marathon distance it was Victor Guadalupe who took honours for the men and Marieke van Lierop for the women. Rounding off podium places were Summer Leight who ran away with the eighth marathon distance; Yeray Betancourt who won the handbike category; Lukas Richter and Marina García who won the aged 10-16 years category for the boys and girls respectively and the youngsters Rony Heppel and Anna Weis who won their 4-9 years categories.

But the real winners on the day were the four charities for whom contributions were raised: Kikis Children’s Home in Nepal, Niños de Tercer Mundo, Sister Anna’s Soup Kitchen and TriWWW and the real heroes were every single participant, every musician, every volunteer, every spectator and every organiser who worked so hard to make this such a fun and rewarding day. A huge thank you from Sands Beach Active and we look forward to moving to the sound of the Music Marathon again in 2013.

Many thanks to Triatlon Canarias for posting the results of Music Marathon on their web page. You can see a full set of images for the event on our Flickr stream.

Best Foot Forward on Lanzarote

I ended 2010 by implementing one of my 2011 New Year resolutions getting out and exploring my surroundings on foot. It’s a resolution I’m looking forward to keeping on a regular basis.

The Canary Islands are fantastic walking country and pulling on the hiking shoes doesn’t just keep you fit, it also takes you to parts of the islands that other modes of transport simply cannot reach.

The spectacular volcanic landscape of Lanzarote offers a surreal world to hikers and holiday walkers and thanks to a project by the Cabildo (Island Government), exploring its paths and trails has never been easier.

Last summer the Lanzarote Cabildo published their intention to renovate 10 walks that take in the very best of what the island has to offer – the Red de diez Senderos Turísticos y Recreativos guide promised an exciting new world for hikers.
With the finishing touches being applied to signs, the ten routes now cover a total of 147 kilometres and each one has been cleared, repaired and signposted with details such as length of route, type of terrain and level of difficulty as well as the flora and fauna and points of interest to be found along the way.

Now thanks to the Red de diez Senderos Turí­sticos y Recreativos you can hike up to 50 kilometres in a single day and discover the delights of routes that span the length and breadth of the island taking in stunning coastlines, mountain highs and palm grove valleys.

But you don’t have to be an avid hiker to enjoy walking on Lanzarote. For those who prefer to think of themselves as holiday strollers, the island’s footpaths offer leisurely walking and stunning viewpoints. There are lovely coastal walks in all the main resorts of Puerto del Carmen, Arrecife, Playa Blanca and not least, Costa Teguise where you can pick up a map from the Tourist Office and follow the well signposted green, red or blue routes that cover 4.6km, 6.5km or 10km depending on how far you want to walk.

If you’re staying at Sands Beach Resort you only have to step out of the hotel to find yourself on the red route which will take you on a 10km circular walk and deposit you back at the hotel for some well deserved pampering.

Whichever way you look at it, 2011 is going to be a good year to put your best foot forward on Lanzarote’s walking trails.

Beach Ultimate Championship in Playa Grande

Anyone visiting Playa Grande in Puerto del Carmen between the 19th and 21st November who thinks that throwing Frisbees is just a way to pass time on the beach for people who aren’t into sunbathing is in for a bit of a surprise.

The Word Flying Disc Federation’s Beach Ultimate Championship, or the Coman Fruta Cabrones as it’s known in Spanish, is set to turn the beach into a flying disc battle zone between those dates.
This is a Frisbee competition in the extreme where, rather than being just a fun thing to do on the beach, disc throwing has been transformed into a hi-octane, contact sport with Lanzarote based and international teams battling it out for the honour of being crowned beach ultimate champions.

Entrance to the tournament is free and for anyone staying at Sands Beach Resort in Costa Teguise, it’s only a short trip along the coast to experience an enjoyable couple of days of frantic Frisbee fun.