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In bid to stamp out cystic fibrosis, islanders start paddling

volta-a-formentera-nedant-cont1From Friday June 29 to Sunday July 1 and with backing from the Formentera Council, the island will host its nineteenth Swim Round Formentera to End Cystic Fibrosis. Over the years the event has become a something of a local fixture, stirring swimmers, experts and amateurs to come together to support sufferers of the illness.

The “Volta a Formentera nedant contra la Fibrosis Quística”—or simply “la Volta”—is a non-competitive event aimed at not only pushing cystic fibrosis and symptoms of the disease into the public consciousness, but also raising money for related outreach. The fact that swimming and physiotherapy help many children improve respiratory capacity was among the factors pushing Fundación Respiralia and the Balearic Islands Cystic Fibrosis Association to develop the initiative.

Organisers say they expect 240 participants and roughly fifty volunteers from around the world. Over three days, they will circumnavigate the island, covering some 30 kilometres in distinct legs of 1.8 to 3.6K long. When one leg is completed, swimmers will be picked up by a boat, briefly resting as they are shuttled to the next starting point, with as many stages as sea conditions, water currents and jellyfish allow.

“La Volta” is a chance to build community, a three-day affair during which participants unite in the struggle to end cystic fibrosis.

Formentera unlocks €80k for sports clubs

Foto nens escola de vela 2017The sports department of the Formentera Council has announced they have begun accepting applications for grant money as part of Esports 2018, a programme to fund local clubs and associations geared towards sport.

The idea is to help associations develop and carry out seasonal activities (assistance with sign-ups and membership documentation, trainer costs, equipment, etc.) and help ensure their success by proposing mediation and consulting on subjects like business administration and facilities management.

Esports 2018 is a €80,000 programme funded by the Council. This year marks the second the administration issues the call for applications earlier than in years past in an effort to guarantee advance payouts—an anticipated 50% of the total—can be sent before the start of the 2018/2019 season.

The deadline is July 12 and applications must be submitted to the Citizen's Information Office (OAC). More information, plus application forms, can be found at the Formentera Council website and at www.esportesmes.org.

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Return of the 'Marnaton'

Foto marnatonFormentera's offices of sport and tourism have lent their support to Copa Marnaton, an open-water swimming fixture that returns to the island this season. Five years after it took over the island in October 2013, the Marnaton (a merger of the English “marathon” and the Catalan and Castilian words for "swimming" and "sea") will see participants compete locally in two different categories.

Raid Formentera
When the three-part event takes place Wednesday to Saturday (May 26), it will see contenders going solo or joining teams as they cover distances between 6.5 and 17 kilometres. Teams, for their part, will face a combination of swimming and kayak paddling.

Given the choice of challenges will be based on weather conditions, athletes won't know which circuits have been selected for competition until briefing day. The feature shared by the various options on the table is immense natural beauty and, in some cases, extreme difficulty. Participants must be prepared for a trial which extends over a distance of 17 kilometres.

Difficulty depends on the particular modality chosen by a contender at registration. If efforts are split evenly between partners on a team, each will swim and row equal parts. Swimmers opting to face the challenge solo must be prepared to take on the entire length of it, with a kayak trailing behind, too. A total of ten solo swimmers and twenty pairs are expected to take the challenge.

Marnaton
Next in the queue, and dovetailing with the final day of competition in the Raid, is the second Marnaton Formentera. The Marnaton is composed of two circuits, one four and another eleven kilometres in length, which see athletes departing from the western shore of Illetes beach and returning from the east.

Setting out at 10.00am, participants in the 4k circuit will go as far as es Pas before heading back towards Illetes. The first contenders in the 11k challenge will begin at 9.20am (departures will take place place every ten minutes for 30 minutes thereafter) and circumscribe s'Espalmador island before making their way to the finish line. Roughly three hundred swimmers are expected to compete.

Formentera's spring of sport
Raid Formentera and the Marnaton are just two entries on a brimming sports calendar (the Ophiusa regatta, Far a Far footrace and Mitja Marató are others) that is aimed at showcasing Formentera as a low-season destination for travellers and fitness fans as well as promoting active lifestyles among islanders.

Balearic basketball championship rolls into Formentera this weekend

Foto campionat-balear-basketFrom Friday to Sunday, the Antoni Blanc sport centre will welcome the boys and girls school finals of what's known as the Campionat Balear, the regional championship.

A Govern balear initiative supported by Formentera's own department of sport, the competition will take place Friday afternoon and in the morning on Saturday and Sunday. Six groups will attend—three from Mallorca, two from Menorca and one from Eivissa.

It will be attended by six groups (three from Mallorca, two from Menorca and one from Eivissa) and organised as a small, all-play-all tournament and final qualification is determined based on points.

Formentera's spring of sport
The Campionat Balear is just one of a multiplicity of sports features (the Ophiusa regatta, Far a Far footrace and Mitja Marató among them) aimed at showcasing Formentera as a low-season destination for travellers and fitness fans as well as promoting active lifestyles among islanders.

Open enrolment for summer courses at sailing school

Foto nens escola de vela 2017The Council's office of fitness reports that Tuesday, May 15, marks the start of registration for summer learning at the island's sailing school. Construction of the island's new nautical sports centre and sailing school (known officially as Centre d'Esports Nàutics and Escola de Vela, respectively) is still underway. Meanwhile, summer classes will take place at the provisional facilities located at the juncture of carrer s'Almadrava and the road leading to the mouth of s'Estany des Peix.

Details
From June 25 to August 31, groups of eight will attend classes in the form of two-week sessions—from 9.00am to 11.30am, 11.30am to 2.00pm or 5.00pm to 7.30pm. Four levels will be offered for distinct levels of experience. Plus, a bateig group (for “baptism”, or beginners) will accommodate children with absolutely no prior experience. Students will choose between sailing and windsurfing. For the first time ever, this year, seasoned athletes will have the opportunity to form regatta teams. Each course costs €100 and reductions are available.

€35,000 deal with Formentera's surf club
The Council came to an agreement with Club Surf Formentera regarding the management of the sailing school and classes this summer. The club will oversee hiring and operations, while the Council will retain responsibility for the school's administration. The biggest donors to the summer course programme are Trasmpai and Marina Formentera.

Complete information about activities at the school and how to register is available at the Antoni Blanc fitness centre and http://emaf.cat/circulars-vela/

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