excellent international competitive performance by
Canary Island yachtsmen is not a consequence of chance but due to Gran
Canaria's optimum sailing conditions. This is attested to by the
continued presence of so many yachts off the island's shore's
enjoying the exceptional sailing environment in open, sun-drenched
seas with steady prevailing winds.
Many international regattas either start of call at Gran Canaria and
races are a commonplace event on the local sporting calendar,
particularly for lateen, snipe and other class yachts as well as
motor-boats. All equipment and kit necessary for yachting and
sailing can be hired.
Gran Canaria has excellent marina facilities, its ports are
frequently used by European yachtsmen as a take-off point for
transatlantic crossings, or merely as a base for cruising the
islands and enjoying the friendly warmth of the people and the
This fact becomes indisputable if one takes account of the fact that
the island has been the cradle of some thirty world champions in the
various forms of sailing sports and of six Olympic gold medallists,
namely José Luis Doreste, Luis Doreste, Roberto Molina, Patricia
Guerra, Domingo Manrique de Lara and Fernando León. (Canary Island yachtsmen)
any nautical sport is possible all the year round in Gran Canaria,
with its mild climate, its varied coastline with over 236 km of coastline and almost 60
km of that being beaches, and the facilities
offered in the many marinas.
These activities include sailing,
waterskiing, surfing, windsurfing, bodyboarding, kitesurfing, deep sea fishing, parascending,
jet and water skiing, shipwrecks and marine reservations for diving
and sailing or the simple enjoyment of the sea.
The water temperature (which
varies between 18ºC in winter and 22ºC during the rest of the year),
the harbour infrastructure for yachting and the optimal sea and wind
conditions make this island the ideal place for practicing sailing
and other water sports all year round. In fact, water sports is the
most important leisure activity on offer on the island.
Winds that are ideal for sailing, sea currents that attract large
schools of fish to the proximity of the coast and the exquisite sea
bottom are the natural conditions that have created one
uninterrupted sporting season on Gran Canaria, while, in the rest of
Europe, all activities related to the sea come to a complete
standstill in winter.