Calero Marinas in Lanzarote: A world-class Training Base
“Lanzarote has given us amazing stability in respect of winds and waves. The great Azores high being squeezed by the African coast gives us the perfect trade wind conditions when we go ocean off-shore. The different land effects around the Canary Islands have opened up opportunities for coastal wind effects previewing exactly what we will experience in the race. 100 metres from dock out to the open ocean just couldn’t be more valuable.” Anders Lewander. Nordic Skipper for VOR team – Ericsson 4.
The unique qualities of island’s temperate climate, perfect for outdoor sports, great flight connections and renowned sporting facilities, have secured Lanzarote’s international reputation as a top-level sports destination for Olympic competitors, World Championships and top-level racing teams.
Winning teams from the last two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race having chosen to spend time training from Puerto Calero, currently the training base for the all-female team, Team SCA (VOR 2014-5)
Ericsson Racing Team Round the World Ltd. chose Puerto Calero Lanzarote from a worldwide list of renowned international yachting hubs for their year-long two boat training campaign. Described by Yachting World’s Matt Sheahan as a “masterstroke”, the team’s general consensus is that this choice was one of the principle drivers for their victory.
In the most recent edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, winners Groupama Sailing Team spent decamped to Lanzarote for their winter training, whilst Puma Ocean Racing team sailed over from Newport to make spend the summer testing their boat from Puerto Calero. Between Groupama, Puma and Telefónica, they represented half of the fleet and achieved three of the top four results.
Corporate hospitality and post-race entertainment
The Plaza de Las Carpas in Puerto Calero has seen some spectacular gatherings from opera and jazz evenings to gigantic 3000-strong end-of-regatta parties. With a covered stage, the sheltered ambience of the marina and the three-storey viewing options from the main marina building’s terraces opposite, the area comprises a perfect setting for prize-giving celebrations.
A VIP lounge and secure village surround can provide intimacy if required and with all marina hotels and villas within 10-15 minutes’ walk from the stage, each participant can come and go at their own convenience.
Catering and extensive bar facilities are easily arranged and the Calero events team has worked for many years with a professional sounds and lighting company to ensure clear acoustics, quality productions and the right tone for each event.
City waterfront location Marina Lanzarote greets visitors with a large attractive plaza, ideal for grand musical events and regatta parties. A smaller square further into the marina can be used for hosting more intimate gatherings and the myriad bars and restaurants offer plenty of distraction around an event.
The Real Club Náutico in nearby Arrecife opens its doors to visiting yachtsmen and with a friendly but elegant club house, is a very pleasant place to catch up with fellow sailors.