The International Sea Fair, FIMAR 2014 will take place from the 4th to the 6th of April in Plaza de Canarias square, in the Miller Building, and in the City Marina, aiming to position as the main showroom of the Blue Economy in the Canary Islands.
The FIMAR schedule will groww bigger in this fourth edition thanks to the joined efforts and larger exhibition spaces. the Fair had in 2013 the participation of 64 institutions and enterprises. For this 2014 edition, 90 booths are expected to be ready to show novelties and updated technology of more than 75 institutions, 70% of which are privately owned, in Plaza de Canarias square. As for the spaces in this edition, also the Miller Building, in Parque Santa Catalina park and the City Marina will sum up.
In these four years, the International Sea Fair has grown bigger than a 90% in the number of exhibitions receiving more than 15 thousand visitors in the 2013 edition.
Exhibitions, sea-related technology, sell and purchase of yachts, novelties, sessions about employment and Blue Economy at a singular Pecha Kucha; workshops about nautical sports, nots, traditional fishing techniques, robotics, yachts and sailing; gymkanas for children; presentations, music and gastronomic routes will also be complemented by excursions around the Port of la Luz on boat, and a big sailing parade accompanied by the Sea Rescue and other water sport boats.@LpaVisit
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria celebrates from Thursday the 26ht to sunday the 29th of December 2013 the 28th edition of the AECIO Regatta – Trophy Ciudad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, to crown the International Sailing Champion of Dinghie (Optimist) Class and also closure of this nautical year in the city, with the participation of more than a hundred children from Norway, Switzerland, Russia and the Spanish Autonomous Comunities of Canary Islands, Catalonia, Balearic Islands, Galicia, Basque Country and Andalusia.
This sailing event to be celebrated at the sailing field of the city, is organised by the Real Club Náutico de Gran Canaria and the Town Hall through the Council of City of Sea. This one is the last race of the circuit of the Spanish Association of International Dinghie Class (Asociación Española de la Clase Internacional de Optimist, in Spanish) that has been developed along 2013 and which its last venue so far has been Palma de Mallorca on December the 6th, 7th and 8th.
The AECIO Trophy City of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria belongs to the Gran Canaria Sail in Winter Series circuit that also includes the Olympic Sailing Week, that was celebrated from the 5th to the 8th of december; the International Trophy of Gran Canaria, to be celebrated from the 10th to the 12th of January 2014 and the International Carnival Race from the 21st to the 23rd of February. All these light sailing events make this city a meeting point for the European sailing during winter.
This also means a closure of the Excellence Cup, the world tour of this class where 123 children between 9 and 15 years of age participate, hence a meeting for the best young sailors of Spain and countries with great sailing tradition in Europe.
The event, besides promoting the city as a winter sailing destination, has quite an important tourist impact since many sailors travel with their families that take advantage of these competition days to spend some holidays in the island and to give farewell to the year far from the low temperatures of their home countries.
The inclusion of the Grancanarian capital city as a seat for this competition of reference at the international sailing agenda means a recognition of the unbeatable conditions this city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria offers for the practise of sailing in winter, the facilities and services offered by the city itself and the sports records of the Real Club Náutico de Gran Canaria.
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The City of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the Tourist Board of Gran Canaria opened a tourist information office at the City Sports Marina to look after the crews of the 228 participant boats of the 28th ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers), the largest transoceanic crossing in Europe, organised by the World Cruising Club, and the 45 boats of the first ARC+ regatta.
The Tourist Information Office, installed at the City Marina, just in front of the ARC offices, will be open daily, from Mondays to Saturdays from 9am to 2pm and from 3pm to 6pm, and on Sundays from 9am to 2 pm, offering all kinds of information of the city and the island (guides, maps, timetables, guided visits, cultural agenda) to every participant crews of this internationally acclaimed nautical event.
The 28th edition of the ARC has 228 entrant boats from 30 different countries, they will be moored at the City Marina of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to set sail on Sunday the 24th of November heading to the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia, covering 2700 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean, making of this regatta a true reference in the sailing world.
For this edition, the Tourist Board and the City of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the Port Authority and the Entrepreneurs Association of the Sports Marina, Marina LPA, have organised a series of events and activities open to every citizen who may get closet o the marina these days to get to enjoy this event. The Entrepreneurs Association Marina LPA has foreseen a gastro-route of marine tapas (“titbits”) every Thursday of November and the display of a flea market at the City Marina every Saturday.@LpaVisit
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has already started to see the arrival of the crews of the transoceanic regatta ARC 2013 (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) one of the most important international sailing events. In this 28th edition, more than 230 boats under flags of 30 countries will set off next 24th of November from the Bay of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria heading to the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia, a 2700 nautical-mile-long crossing which is already a reference event into the world sailing agenda.
Around 1500 people from 30 countries, including children of less than 16 years of age, form the ARC sailing crews. The most represented flag is Great Britain whereas other countries are highly represented such as Australia, Germany, Holland, Italy, Spain, France, Denmark, Russia, Sweden, Finland and USA among many more.
The majority of the cruisers are familiar boats who face the Atlantic crossing – which will take them, around 18 to 21 days depending on the sea and wind conditions- for the pleasure of sailing and t olive a unique experience.
With less than two weeks for the departure of the ARC+ (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria-Cape Verdes-Saint Lucia) and three weeks for the start of the ARC (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – Saint Lucia), the crews can enjoy a wide leisure offer before embarking in such a demanding crossing.
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