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Consell and Club Surf Formentera renew partnership on Escola de Vela coordination

foto 2021 csf conveniAs part of a deal signed today by Consell de Formentera premiere Alejandra Ferrer and Club Surf Formentera president Alex Buchau, the island’s government pledges €35,000 to fund coordinating duties at the Municipal Sailing School (Escola de Municipal Vela) in 2021. Deputy premiere and acting Formentera Department of Sports chairwoman Ana Juan was also present for the signing.

Under the arrangement, club instructors will oversee sailing school activities held at the Formentera Centre d’Esports Nàutics (CENF) with club-appointed trainers under supervision of the CENF’s coordinator.

19 April 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Sunday marks return of road cycling to Formentera

cartell 2021 ciclisme rutaSunday 28 March, Formentera will host the eleventh Trofeu Illa de Formentera, a road cycling tournament organised by GE Espalmador and the Formentera Department of Sports and one of the biggest functions of its kind in the Balearic Islands. The race, the results of which will count towards the Interisland Balearic Challenge, starts at 9.30am for category-three contestants on the 46.8K circuit and at 11.30am for challengers in the first and second categories on the 82.5K route. Roughly 150 have signed up to date and the trial is open to men and women competing in the categories of Master 60, Master 50, Master 30, Under 23, Cadet and Junior.

24 March 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Escola de Vela adds two new trainer boats to fleet

foto 2021 Escola VelaThe Formentera Department of Sports reports that the municipal sailing school has expanded its arsenal of watercraft to include two new boats for the school’s sailers in training. Financing for the €6,171 boats was made possible by a deal between the Consell, Marina de Formentera and Trasmapi.

Deputy premiere Ana Juan, who has temporarily taken on duties as chair of the FDS, presented the watercraft together with Marina de Formentera manager Juanjo Costa, Trasmapi commercial director Alex Marí and Escola de Vela director Alex Figueiras.

Councillor Juan described the companies’ collaboration as “a huge help as we upgrade material and seek to build our base of nautical sports equipment” and stressed efforts within local government to promote basic sport and nautical activities.

Figueiras explained that the boats were appropriate for a wide array of aspiring sailors — “from seven year olds to grown-ups with basic sailing notions and capable of navigating solo”. The boats are equipped with three sails: a mainsail and headsail for standard navigating and a ‘gennaker’ with outrigger for when winds are favourable. According to Figueiras, the third sail is for more experienced sailors with a higher degree of control. The boats can be operated by a single adult or child, pairs or up to three sailors (either one adult and two children or two adults and one child).

The sailing school has eight single-seater Open Bics for beginner and advanced sailors ages five and up.

Escola de Vela classes
Roughly one hundred students are currently enrolled in the school’s winter classes and until the start of the summer programme, sailing and windsurf classes can be scheduled Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 11.30am, 11.30am to 1.30pm and 4.00pm to 6.00pm. Two-hour classes cost €10 and are for children and adults.

Located at the Centre d’Esports Nàutics, the municipal facility for sailing and windsurfing also accommodates two junior regatta groups and one standard regatta group, with twice weekly outings taking place on weekdays and Saturday (in the latter case outings are staggered to avoid overlap).

The Escola de Vela offers students wetsuits and life jackets for use during instruction. The strictest Covid-19 safety measures are applied at all times.

24 March 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Municipal sports programmes resume

The Formentera Department of Sport reports that municipal sports programmes have resumed for children under 12. FDS has contacted local clubs to relay the latest developments and remind them that, given Formentera’s current situation of extreme risk, non-contact training can resume as well with tier 4 rules in place.

Despite improvements in the public health situation, FDS urges islanders to remain vigilant and adhere to all regulations strictly, and asks clubs to practise activities outdoors whenever possible.

22 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

12th Illa de Formentera Half-marathon scheduled for 9 October

foto 2021 mitja maratoThe Formentera Departments of Tourism and Sport report that the twelfth editions of the island’s half-marathon (la Mitja Marató) and 8K fun run will be held 9 October. Consell de Formentera chief and tourism office chair Alejandra Ferrer said the FDS, the local business sector and political groups had all played a part in the decision.

Ferrer held that public health previsions were “better in October than May because we’ll be further along in the vaccination process” and highlighted early-season plans for “small-scale programming to pack extra punch into ‘Discover Formentera in May’”. She added that the 2021 campaign to promote pre- and post-season tourism would spill into June and that high-turnout events were being tentatively planned for season’s end.

President Ferrer applauded the loyalty of would-be Mitja Marató participants registered to run since May 2020. The rescheduled event will occur during a national bank holiday and long weekend, an opportunity to plug cultural and gastronomic programming as part of ‘Discover Formentera in October’, said the premiere, pointing up “additional perks for travellers who help us stretch out the season”.

Mitja Marató organisers have praised the schedule change as well as participants’ understanding, and are offering options like hassle-free automatic registration for the new 9 October date. Till 25 April, individuals who signed up to run on the original dates can also opt to postpone participation until May 2022, let someone else take their place, or, if cancellation insurance was contracted, get their money back. Registered athletes should watch their inboxes for a detailed explanation of options from www.unisportconsulting.com .

October, a full month of sport
Ana Juan, deputy premiere of local government and temporary chair of the sport department while Paula Ferrer is on maternity leave, underscored the implication of everyone involved in organising what she called the two “marquee national events”. Juan also underscored the FDS’s work to coordinate and organise sporting fixtures like the triathlon, “Marnató”, “Volta Cicloturista” and mountain-bike challenge in La Mola.

19 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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