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Formentera welcomes ‘Formentera Kite Spain Series’ sporting event for kitefoil

foto 2020 kitefoilThis weekend local waters will provide the backdrop for a kitefoil regatta known as the Flying Sardine FKSS 2020. Europe’s only circuit for Olympic windsurfing, the Formula Kite Spain Series (FKSS) is spread across five trials in 2020. Three have already taken place in Alarcón, Castelló and Mallorca and the final fixture of the competition is scheduled to play out in Tarifa this December.

More than forty people have signed up for the event in Formentera, a two-tier trial divided into the Open for world-renowned stars of the modality and the F-One, an amateur competition geared towards newcomers.

According to tourism chief Carlos Bernús, trainers, family members and friends accompanying the thirty participating athletes mean that over a hundred people will be arriving on the island for the occasion. “At this time of year, they’re more than welcome”, asserted Bernús.

The competition benefits from backing from Formentera’s departments of sport and tourism, with sport consellera Paula Ferrer emphasising the added visibility that sports like windsurfing, which claim many followers on the island, stands to gain thanks to the event. Ferrer encouraged fans to attend the fixture, which is scheduled to take place in Ses Illetes.

One of the fixture’s standout contestants is ten-time world “free style” champ Gisela Pulido. This weekend will mark the circuit leader’s first time competing on the island, and Pulido insisted that the presence of opponent Julia Damasiewicz ensured the competition would be hard fought. “Julia’s a big name in the game”, she said, “and neither one of us intends to pull any punches”.

The regattas will be held in Ses Salines nature reserve. Official training will begin at noon tomorrow (Friday), with trials starting at the same time Saturday and 9.30am on Sunday.

22 October 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

23–25 Oct., it’s the return of Formentera’s BTT Volta Cicloturista and BTT La Mola

foto 2020 presentacio BTT La MolaThe Consell de Formentera announced details today about the BTT Volta Cicloturista Formentera, a non-competitive mountain-biking ride organised by the Formentera Department of Sport in association with Unisport Consulting and GE Espalmador that will see participants touring the island in three stages on the 23rd, 24th and 25th of October.

The historic Volta route remains unchanged, covering 97.5K and netting a total elevation gain of one thousand metres. On Sunday 25 October interested mountain-bikers have the option as in years past to participate in BTT La Mola—a 24K competitive ride with start and finish in El Pilar de la Mola and a net altitude gain of 800 metres. The ride, which turns 25 this year, is also a qualifying trial for the BTT Campionat Pitiús. Participants can alternatively opt for a secondary, non-competitive route following some segments of the competitive circuit.

Alluding to other sporting fixtures canceled on account of the pandemic, sport consellera Paula Ferrer told media reps at the press conference she was “satisfied at finally being able to host programming”, adding, “We’re confident that little by little sports on the island will return to normal”. She also underscored pains taken by Unisport, GE Espalmador and staffers in the Formentera sports department: “They’ve been working overtime in recent weeks to get this event off the ground whilst making sure all the boxes are ticked in terms of sanitary protocol”.

Among the other faces at the presentation were Unisport director Manuel Hernández; GE Espalmador spokesman Jesús Ferrer, and Alex Marí, head of marketing at sponsoring-firm Trasmapi.

The first stage of the ride —a 29.5K circuit starting and finishing in Sant Francesc— will begin at 4.00pm on Friday 23 October. The second —a 39.5K loop with start/finish in La Savina— begins at 10.00am, Saturday. And the final (non-competitive alternate) route starts at 11.00am in La Mola.

Open registration ends 23 October and can be completed on www.elitechip.com.


8 October 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Doors open at CENF

foto cenf 3The sports office reports that the Nautical Sports Centre of Formentera (CENF) began operations this September. Alejandra Ferrer, Paula Ferrer and Alex Figueiras —the island’s chief officer, the consellera of sport and the municipal sailing school coordinator, respectively— took local media representatives on a tour of the new facilities.

With an office and a reception area that is complete with a space for a tourist information point, the CENF also contains a secondary office space, training room, storage unit, changing rooms and conference room available for use by La Savina community groups. The CENF doubles as the sailing school’s headquarters and the backdrop for activities and courses.

President Ferrer called the CENF’s opening a “milestone in the enhancement of a local landmark”, and and one that, together with the regulated moorage scheme at Estany des Peix, “will put us in a position to not only protect the sea, but bring it within reach for a new generation of islanders”. Ferrer described the CENF as a boost to the island’s offering in year-round active nautical tourism—“a boon to the effort to ween Formentera off summer-centred tourism”, she said.

Lively space for local clubs and community groups
“The CENF is a means to actively encourage islanders to take part in nautical sport”, asserted Formentera’s head of sport. She said local sailing enthusiasts had been a decisive factor in construction, and insisted the facilities would “help cement nautical sports and give them the prominence they deserve”. “We envision the CENF as a dynamic space where clubs, groups and businesses centred on motorless nautical activities can find a place to promote their work”, she quipped.

Mr Figueiras said sailing courses for children would continue through autumn and winter and told islanders to expect more classes for adults, plus expanded hours and activities. He added that, weather permitting, the coming months would see a continuation of this summer’s activities with students from the Centre de Dia.

Occupying one thousand square metres and two separate structures, the CENF was designed for minimal environmental impact by hometown architect Marià Castelló. The centre was built according to green building standards and wood figures prominently, with inspiration coming from the dry docks of the island’s past.

In 2019 and at the initiative of the Consell de Formentera, the €1-million building was paid for in full with funds from the Sustainable Tourism Levy.


9 September 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera’s half-marathon postponed till 15 May 2021

The Formentera departments of sport and tourism marketing report that, following indications from the Balearic ministry of sport amid the covid-19 public health situation, the twelfth Mitja Marató (Half-Marathon) and 8K fun run that were scheduled for 10 October will be suspended until 15 May 2021.

Initially moved from 16 May to 10 October, the ongoing pandemic has forced the event’s adjourning until next year. “It’s crucial we ensure the safety of everyone involved in the event”, said sport department chief Paula Ferrer, “whether participants, volunteers, public health workers, security personnel or spectators”. Ferrer described suspending the runs as “the most reasonable solution”.

The decision was reached by consensus between the event’s organisers at Unisport Consulting, the Formentera sport and tourism marketing offices and representatives of the local tourism sector on the Consell’s Committee on Tourism Marketing (Comissió de Promoció Turística).

Applauding would-be participants’ “support and understanding” amid what the company described as a “painful decision”, Unisport Consulting apprised athletes that, by 31 October, they could opt to either automatically transfer their registration to 2021 or receive a full refund. Local business owners pledged to do everything possible to work with each participant on the issue of bookings.

4 September 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Sailing school to reopen next week after latest round of Covid-19 tests on instructors and students comes back negative

The Formentera Department of Sport reports that the Escola de Vela will open doors anew on Monday after recent days’ PCR testing confirmed that approximately eighty students and staff at the nautical sports centre did not have Covid-19. The results were communicated to the Consell de Formentera by the office of the Eivissa-Formentera Health Department that is in charge of Covid-19 case coordination.

News that first one student and then three others and an instructor had tested positive forced the Escola de Vela’s closure last week. The Consell responded by immediately contacting the regional health authority to enact preventive measures mandated by public health protocol.

Targeted operations will ensure that the centre’s facilities and gear are deep cleaned and sanitised this week before classes resume on Monday. The Escola de Vela is currently reaching out to students who wish to make up missed lessons.

27 August 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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