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February edition of the World Sailing Show heads to Lanzarote for a Foiling Fiesta

by World Sailing 27 Feb 2023 21:43 PST
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  • The Ocean Race Leg 2 crosses the equator from Cabo Verde to Cape Town
  • Maiden Factor arrives in Cape Town
  • Nacra 17 and iQFOiL titles up for grabs at the Lanzarote International Regatta
  • First stop on the GKA Kite World Tour
  • Round up from sailing events around the world

February's episode of the World Sailing Show leads with an update from The Ocean Race as the five teams leave Cabo Verde and head south on a 4600-mile journey across open seas to Cape Town through vastly different conditions. From low winds and hot conditions in the Northern Hemisphere's 'doldrums' to cold and stormy seas in the South Atlantic, the teams had tactical decisions to make to stay on course and find the wind.

Joining The Ocean Race en route to South Africa is the Maiden Factor. Tracy Edwards, founder of The Maiden Factor Foundation, shares her story - starting with the first all-female team to compete in and finish the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989. The Maiden fell into disrepair, but Tracy raised the necessary funding and brought the boat home to Southampton where it now sails the world to inspire the next generation of female sailors.

Meanwhile, 150 of foiling's biggest stars arrive in Lanzarote, the first stop of this season's 2023 iQFOiL International Games. Great conditions made for a stunning start to the year for the newest Olympic class and the action did not disappoint.

Also in Lanzarote, the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Transatlantic Race - a 3000 mile run from the Canary Islands to Grenada - got under way with 20 teams from 12 nations for the ninth edition of the event. The World Sailing Show catches up with the crews during the nine-day race and speaks to the teams as they arrive in the Caribbean.

Elsewhere, there is a recap of the latest events from around the world including the 2023 Finn Gold Cup held at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club in Miami, the Australian Wing Class Nationals in Sydney, and a look at the first leg of the GKA Kite World Tour from Qatar.

Released every month, the World Sailing Show shares the latest news, events, and captivating stories from across the sport with audiences around the world. Each episode is available to watch for free on the World Sailing YouTube channel and the World Sailing website.

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