Las Palmas de Gran Canaria wil host next 29th of November until the 29th of December the initiative “LPA Open Sea”, organised by the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the Real Club Náutico de Gran Canaria, aiming to position the city as the European winter sailing destination and to create business opportunities throught the blue economy, including two international races, the Olympic Sailing Week and the AECIO Optimist Dinghy Championship.
More than 300 boats from 14 countries will participate at the LPA Open Sea in two international races, a nautical party to open the Anchorage of El Confital, a day of exhibition of light sailing at Alcaravaneras Beach and the arrival of the Olympic Sailing at Parque San Telmo.
The Bay of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria will host the ‘14th Olympic Sailing Week’ from the 5th to the 9th of November, organised by the Real Club Náutico de Gran Canaria, with the participation of 130 boats from 14 countries already confirmed. The year will come to an end with another reference competition in the international sailing agenda, the AECIO race, Trophy City of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, from the 26th to the 29th of December, with the participation of 200 young sailors (between 9 and 15 years of age) in the Optimist-Dinghy class, with the participation of the European Champion. This race will announce the winner of the Excellence Cup.
Anchorage of El Confital
Besides, on Sunday the 2nd of December the Capital City Council will open the Anchorage of El Confital, the second on the coastline of the City, after the successful opening of the Anchorage of La Laja, with a wide programme of events under the name “Party of the Sea”, offering the citizens a day of nautical sports and leisure activities at Plaza de La Puntilla (Las Canteras) and at El Confital Beach.
The party of the sea at El Confital Bay will offer, from 10:00 to 14:00, shuttles to the anchorage of El Confital, Canary Lateen Sailing races and Optimist Dinghy races; diving, kayak, paddle-surf and surfing, walking routes and mountain bike routes around El Confital, and many more.
El Confital will have three areas to anchor, each of them with three buoys, in the area of La Puntilla, Matavino Rock and Salinas Point. Likewise the buoys located at La Laja, these will be united to some concrete blocks (of around two thousand kilograms of weight) lying on the seabed. The anchorage is able to be used free by boats of up to 12 metres of length to take underwater, tourists and leisure activities for some hours.
The Olympic Sailing arrives to Parque San Telmo
The City Council and the Real Club Náutico will count with the collaboration of some Olympic Champions of the Canaries to get close the sport of sailing to school children, and they will celebrate on the 29th and 30th of December the arrival of the Olympic Sailing at Parque de San Telmo, making of it a real anchorage. To achieve that, a 6-metre-long catamaran will be taken to this area of the city and some workshops for children will be carried out to explain children the basics of sailing.
Besides, the City Council wants to take advantage of the conditions of Alcaravaneras Beach making of it the City’s Sailing Court and on Saturday the 1st of December, an exhibition race of light sailing and some activities on the sand.