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!

Are you ready for the Sailfish Lanzarote Open Water?

Photo by Bert Stephani


As we have previously announced, May 16th will be the Sailfish Lanzarote Open Water in Playa Grande, Puerto del Carmen.

The two biggest categories will be 1.9km (1 turn) and 3.8km (2 turns). Both modalities will have cash prizes for the thirst three male and female positions.

This event has been planned while taking into consideration not only local and international swimmers, but also triathletes. The competition will be taking place a week before Ironman Lanzarote and is set in the same waters. It will be a perfect opportunity to familiarize oneself with the circuit and experience the sensations.

  • Gear up for the occasion.

In our Sailfish Shop Test Centre we offer you a wide range of sailfish wetsuits. You can try them before the event and rent them for the day of the competition. Everything is ready for an unforgettable journey. We will wait for you.

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

Winter training in Lanzarote

Ivan Rana training at Sands Beach Resort

Come and join us at the perfect winter training destination!

In the last few years, Lanzarote has emerged as the number one European Sports Destination, with so many pro and amateur athletes choosing to come here to do their winter training.

The most obvious reason is our weather. Unlike, for example, The Balearic Islands, there’s no chance of snow or low temperatures to interrupt your training, and we hardly ever see rain. The ocean around us is warm enough even in midwinter to allow for open water swim sessions, and our outdoor pools are heated so that you can swim without being choked on chlorine fumes.

For athletes from northern Europe, a week’s solid, focused training during the winter will reap huge dividends for next season, and that’s why The British Olympic Paratriathlon teams, the Uplace triathlon team, professional racing drivers, and many amateur athletes choose us to give them their winter boost.

But there’s much more to Lanzarote, and to Sands Beach Resort, than just great weather, and here are some more reasons you should consider booking a training break with us this winter:

We’re Family Friendly

Costa Teguise for Families

Our resort is tuned into the needs of families, which means you can bring your partners and children with you – they can enjoy a great holiday while you focus on your training. But if you prefer to focus purely on training, one of our plazas is for adults only.

We Have Bella Bayliss On Site

Bella Bayliss TRI Activ

Bella is a retired 16 times Ironman champion and she’s on hand all through the winter to work and coach resident athletes and visitors. You can join her for some amazing pool sessions, or head out with her on weekend rides.

Our Gym Is Excellent

Triathlon Training Gym at Sands Beach Resort

We have a well equipped gym and spacious gym with everything you need to focus on core work. As well as treadmills and fixed cycles, we also have turbo trainers on hand for use in our outdoors.

We Have A Bike Hire Shop On Site

Papagayo Bike Shop at Sands Beach Resort

Our bike hire shop as everything from TT and road bikes to mountain bikes, and we can help with parts or servicing for your own bike.

We Have A Kit Shop

Sailfish Test Centre

Stocked with top quality products like Sailfish wetsuits and Newton trainers, our shop also has a full range of nutrition products and supplements.

You’ll Meet And Train With Other People Like You

Our sports community is growing all the time, and every day of the week you’ll have a chance to meet other people who are on the island training for their next event. Whether you’re a youngster, an oldie, or a pro athlete, you’ll soon find other people to share experiences with.

We Have Great Food For Athletes

Everyone tells us our breakfast buffet is the best on the island, and it’s the perfect start to every training day! But we also offer fabulous and healthy lunches at the Mai Tai poolbar and a wide range of fabulous food from our evening menu.

We’re in A Resort

Sands Beach is located right in the heart of Costa Teguise, which is one of the island’s main resort areas. It means you’re a few moments walk away from hundreds of restaurants, bars and shops, and some of the island’s best beaches.

So whether you want to come on your own, with your family or as part of your club or team, contact us today to find out what we can offer you, and kick your 2015 season off with the best training you have ever done!

The Ironman Lanzarote 2011 Course

With training tapered off to rest muscles, nerves are on edge and tendons are twitching as there’s just one week to go before athletes line up at Playa Grande in Puerto del Carmen to kick off one of the world’s most gruelling triathlon races with the swim course.

Now in its 20th year, Ironman Lanzarote 2011 was sold out in just two months of registration opening when the lists were closed at 1450 registered participants, leaving 75 slots open for pro athletes. In total, more than 1500 athletes will compete.

Topping the nationalities participating is Spain with 32% of the field, followed closely by the UK with 26%. The rest of the field is made up of mainly Europeans but there are representatives from 40 different countries, from Argentina to Venezuela, making up the International starting line.

The race begins at 7am with the swim section which comprises a distance of 3.8 kilometres over two loops of 1.9 kilometres each. Anyone still in the water at 09.20am will end their Ironman challenge at that point. Although anyone who has witnessed the lemming-like run into the water at the start of an Ironman competition may think it looks like a free-for-all, in fact the athletes are grouped into three sections – pro athletes, those whose swim time is expected to be under 65 minutes, and everyone else.

Emerging from the sea and shedding wetsuits, athletes then run to the bike area for the start of what is arguably the most gruelling leg of the competition – a 180.2 kilometres of cycling. Involving over 2551 metres of climbing, including the long slog to Los Nieves and the Mirador del Harí­a from which the views are so stunning. Not that the athletes will be hanging around to take any snapshots, hurtling instead on the short downward before climbing again to Mirador del Rio before the worst of the thigh crunching is complete.

The cut off time for the cycle section is 6.30pm and anyone still in the saddle after that will have to pedal off into the distance, their challenge ended.

The final and most exciting section of the race is the 42.2 kilometres marathon run which consists of three laps – the first is 18.66 kilometres followed by two laps each of 11.80 kilometres. The distance is run along the Puerto del Carmen seafront of Avenida de Las Playas to Playa Honda with the second and third laps looping at Matagorda and the route is traditionally lined with thousands of spectators urging the athletes on to achieve new personal best times.

Athletes have until midnight to complete the final leg of the triathlon before time will be called on their efforts.

The leaders and podium places are expected to complete the course in a time of under 10 hours and the records being chased are a final time of 08:35:40 for men, held by Thomas Hellriegel of Germany and 09:24:39 for women held by Paula Newby-Fraser of Zimbabwe.