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Surfing In Lanzarote

So last weekend saw the return of the annual ´fiesta´ to La Santa. A celebration of the Virgen del Carmen fills this normally quiet little village with people, cars, hot dog stalls and loud music. It looks like they're all having a great time, but for those of us who enjoy the calm refuge of our own homes, and the possibility of sleep before 4am, it's a bit much! I might feel differently if it was live rock music, but I'm afraid that the playlist just wasn't my cup of tea. This year, we managed to escape and spend the nights well out of earshot. These two nights in July are the only two nights of the year when I don't appreciate living in La Santa, but it's a small price to pay.

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Being less of a night owl, and more of an early bird, I seek out my fun during the daylight hours.  read more »

IV Slalom Tinajo

The 4th edition of the Slalom Tinajo takes place this Saturday in Lanzarote.

IV Slalom Tinajo

Twenty two teams have registered to take part in the regional championship motor racing event in Tinajo this weekend. The pre race vehicle inspection will be held from 10:00 to 11:30 in La Santa before the published list of authorised drivers is released before race start at midday.  read more »

The Seduction Of Sailing To Lanzarote

Lanzarote is a fantastic place for sailing with the consistently windy conditions, year-round sunshine, stunning scenery and the other Canary Islands to explore further afield.

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Some friends of mine, Will and Jane, decided to take advantage of these benefits by sailing their new boat here from the UK and basing it at Puerto Calero. Both being retired they were in no hurry and intended to stop and explore many places along the voyage down the coasts of France, Spain and Portugal.

However, when telling me their plans, they said the only part of the journey that concerned them was the last leg from Portugal to Lanzarote which would involve four or five days at sea with no land in sight. If anything happened to either of them they could be in trouble and a long way from assistance. Without hesitation I offered to join them for that stage.

We had met when Will and I were doing our skipper courses and my wife, Sally, and I had  read more »

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 »

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