What, where and when?
The 2022 iQFOiL International Games will take place in Lanzarote, Spain, from 24 – 29 January. A bit of a winter haven for sailors, Lanzarote should offer a steady predictable set of conditions for the first major event of the new year.
The British Sailing Team have put together two strong iQFOiL squads, and most will be in Lanzarote – there’s seven female entries and five male. Serial medallist Islay Watson aims to continue her podium run alongside Tokyo 2020 RS:X medallist Emma Wilson. Saskia Sills also stepped on to the iQFOiL podium in 2021 and is joined on the start line by Emily Hall, Alysia Gibson, Alice Read and Jennie Roberts. Matt Barton took bronze at the last International Games and he is joined by the Team GB Tokyo 2020 RS:X sailor Tom Squires. There’s lots of medal potential on the men’s side with U21 world champion Finn Hawkins competing with Sam Sills and Andy Brown who finished 6th and 7th respectively at the 2021 world champs.
This is the first major event of 2022 for the Paris 2024 classes. The Brits have been steadily building and pushing the competition in this new discipline and have strengthened with Tokyo 2020 sailors Emma Wilson and Tom Squires now fully focussing on the windfoil following their exploits in Japan. There’s lots of podium potential on show in Lanzarote and a fair few medals already in the bank from previous events to back it up. Islay Watson has been an ever present near the top of the fleet taking medals from the last few events, but she is hoping to make that extra step to the gold medal position. Saskia Sills also has a world’s medal and will also be aiming to push on for more. Matt Barton, like Watson, has medals to fall back on, but wants that gold. Another consistent in the mens fleet has been Finn Hawkins in the U21 category – although his time in that section is coming to an end so he will be aiming to step and push for senior podiums. This International Games will also be the first major that Olympic medallist Nick Dempsey will be at the helm of the mens squad since taking over coaching duties.
What they say:
“Although I see this as a process regatta and a great opportunity to ‘check-in’ and guide our winter training, I’m really excited to be getting back on the race course with the best in the world and seeing what I can do.” – Matt Barton
How do I follow the regatta?
The official website featuring results and the full entry list is here. We will aim to keep you updated each day on results, and feature the best photos the event has to offer on the British Sailing Team social media channels.
There’s always good sailing pics on our Instagram.
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