Learning To Sail In Lanzarote

This is the first piece from our new writer Stuart, you can find out more about him here, and we’re looking forward to reading more of his exploits around the island.

Where better to learn to sail, than an island renowned for sunshine and wind? If you´re looking for an exciting way to spend your holiday in the sun, then Lanzarote is the perfect destination, and I would highly recommend that you call Endeavour Sailing in Puerto Calero. They run RYA courses, delivered by enthusiastic and experienced instructors, for every level, from complete novice all the way up to Yacht master.


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European Freestyle Pro Tour 2015

July is generally the windiest month in Lanzarote and when the professional windsurfers visit the island.

European Freestyle Oro Tour 2015

The European Freestyle Pro Tour (EFPT) was first held in Costa Teguise in July 2014 after Lanzarote was dropped from the Professional Windsurfers Assocation (PWA) tour calendar.

This year’s EFPT will be held from the 8th to 12th July and the pros will be competing for €5000 prize money. Windsurfing conditions for the event are described as 3-4 metre waves & choppy on the inside, with 15-30 knots side-shore wind. The weather conditions weren’t great last year and the organisation arranged a last minute tow in competition, which the spectators on Playa Las Cucharas loved!

Local event contact is worldcup freestyler Antxon Otaegui at read more »

Penalties end the dream of UD Lanzarote returning to Segunda B

Neither side could find the net after than three and a half hours football so the match had to be decided on penalties. The visitors did not miss a strike whilst Echedey and the Lanzarote captain Rosmen failed to find the net and in front of nearly 3000 fans U.D. Lanzarote´s dream of returning back to Segunda B (League 1) football ended.

UD Lanzarote The-line-up-for-the-biggest-game-of-the-season

The last time the Rojillos were involved in a competitive penalty shoot out was way back in the 1999/00 season against Primera Liga side Getafe in the Copa Del Rey. The match ended 1-1 after 120 mins of football but it was the Madrid side that progressed to the next round.

Many locals were expecting a Lanzarote win but the team from the Castiila- La Mancha region of Spain have had a wonder season winning five of their last six league games whilst drawing the other. On the final day of the season they had to win their match and rely on other teams losing. Luck was on their side so they came into these two matches brimming with confidence.

The first half was even with the visitors having the first strike at goal that flew high over the bar of goalkeeper Agoney. In the 25th minute a super surging run by Rosmen from the left wing completely undone the Manzanera defence and his low cross caused problems as goalkeeper Rodri could only get his fingertips to the ball leaving the ball exposed on the centre of the six yard box but unfortunately for Lanzarote it fell between strikers Mauri and Toñito and eventually was cleared to safety.

Shortly afterwards it was the mainland club who came close as striker Raúl Castillo struck low from 10 yards only to see his shot miss the post by a whisker.

As the sides went into the half time break with the game goalless the sun intensified and without a cloud in the sky temperatures easily topped 30 degrees.

Just six minutes into the second period and a free kick for the visitors was swept in from the right wing which found the head of defender Edu Olivares. From some distance his header powered off the woodwork to the relief of the Lanzarote supporters. From now on it was the Rojillos who dominated the match but were met with a superbly organised and hearty defence.

With 15 minutes remaining Rojillos right read more »

Ironman Lanzarote 2015 - Seriously Tough Stuff!

This year’s Ironman was the 24th in Lanzarote, and the island served up some of the toughest conditions ever.

IM 1

The swim was bumpy, with one of the support kayak’s commenting that he hadn’t seen so many people pulling out before in that part of the race.


The wind was extremely strong during the bike section, with the athletes having to battle directly into wind for the 100KM section with the longest climbs. The gusty conditions also contributed to more than the usual number of crashes on the bike course.


And finally for the run, the wind continued, but the temperature rose, making the long run down to Playa read more »

CF Manzaneras 0 UD Lanzarote 0

All will be decided next Sunday 31st May at 12 noon in Arrecife as the Rojillos held the Castiila-La Mancha side to a goalless draw in a tough and exhausting match.


Lanzarote must feel confident going into next week’s second leg, though if the visitors were to score then Lanzarote would need to equal that and better it by one to secure passage into the semi final of the playoffs.

The locals urged on by their 1200 supporters had the majority of possession in the opening stages however Lanzarote´s defence was organised and as the half progressed the Rojillos threat increased.

Deep into the first half Lanzarote had two good opportunities to open the scoring. A ball flashed across read more »

UD Ibarra 2 UD Lanzarote 1

The Rojillos needed a single point to guarantee themselves a second position finish otherwise it was up to our neighbours Yaiza to get any sort of result against third placed side C.D. Marino.


As it panned out it was Yaiza that won 4-0 ensuring Lanzarote finish the season in second spot which not only sees Lanzarote playing a mainland side who finished fourth but also it does have the added advantage of the second leg being played at home.

Lanzarote started the better of the two sides and were unlucky not to take the lead in the opening minutes as British boy Brad Cockerill had a great effort superbly saved by the Tenerife keeper.

This was also a day when the league’s top scorers were on show, Rosmen and Ibarra striker Manzi both with 25 goals apiece. In the 28th minute the latter struck giving his side a 1-0 lead and also making himself the league’s top scorer.

Seconds before the half time whistle Lanzarote were level when Colombian Mauri won the ball and forced his way into the penalty box then squeezed his shot wide of the keeper sending his side into the half time break with the score 1-1.

The home side began the second half on the front foot and read more »

UD Lanzarote 2 Tenerife B 1

The Rojillos end their home campaign unbeaten all season having won thirteen and drawn six following this win against a young and talented Tenerife B side.


CD Mensajero are deservedly champions and have done it with a game remaining after easing to a 3-0 home win versus UD Telde. Third placed side CD Marino slipped up at home drawing 3-3 which means Lanzarote need one point in their final match to guarantee second spot.

Second position is hugely important as Lanzarote will play a lower placed side in the first playoff, it also means that the first match will be away and a week later the return leg will be played at the Arrecife fortress.

Both Lanzarote and CD Marino are away in the final match of the season with the Rojillos travelling to Tenerife to face mid table side UD Ibarra with a three point advantage. CD Marino are visiting Lanzarote to take on U.S. Yaiza. If Yaiza do not get beaten then Lanzarote are assured of second spot. Goal difference favours CD Marino so as the game kicks off at the same time the Rojillos must at least get a point otherwise they are relying on their neighbours.

It has now been over a year since Adolfo Pérez´s men have tasted defeat at home so if you fancy supporting Yaiza next week all will be forgiven.

U.D. Lanzarote got off to a dream start, seconds into the second minute and Raúl whipped in a cross from the right flank and Rosmen got in between the two central defenders and his superb guided header flew into the bottom right hand corner. The 1-0 lead calmed the nerves of the Lanzarote players and paved the way for an entertaining first half in scorching heat.

It certainly wasn’t one way traffic as this young Tenerife side some of whom have played for the first team were comfortable in possession and dangerous on the break.

Man of the match had to go to read more »

Ironman Lanzarote 2015 - Will You Be Here?

If you’re on the island on Saturday 23rd May, prepare to be engulfed in Iroman fever!


Ironman Lanzarote is renowned as one of the world’s toughest read more »

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