Three Algarvian sailors qualified this weekend for the European final of Women On Water International, scheduled for Cascais, between 23 and 25 October.
Women On Water Portugal – Hospital Lusíadas Porto, the largest women's regatta held in Portugal, was held on the Douro River, along the banks of Gaia and Porto.
There were 11 crews on the water, a total of 44 sailors, who over the course of two days held 12 races. The four best qualified teams competed in the Sunday afternoon final, with the winning crew to be found at the end of four more races.
The victory was for Francisca Cunha, from Porto, with Inês Pinheiro Torres, Mariana Almeida and Rita Rocha in the crew.
In 2nd place was Mafalda Pires de Lima, with Olympic athlete Mariana Lobato, also counting on the Algarve sailor Matilde Pinheiro de Melo in her crew.
The crew of the Algarve sailors Beatriz Gago and Marta Fortunato – who represent CIMAV and Clube de Vela de Lagos, respectively – closed, in the 4th place, the classification of the teams that were in the final and that guaranteed the qualification for the international final of the race .
Ingrid Fortunato, also from Clube de Vela de Lagos, finished in 7th place.
The organization of the race had the support of Lusíadas Saúde, which made available a team of professionals to act in urgent situations, also guaranteeing a Covid-19 screening position for athletes and technical teams and following all DGS rules and guidelines for sporting events.