The Faro Parish Union (Sé and São Pedro) built and placed in Ria Formosa six traditional sloops, as part of a project approved in the Participatory Budget of 2018.
Also known to fishermen as a speedboat, the sloop is a small open-mouthed vessel about 5 to 6 meters long, widely used in ancient times in Ria Formosa near the fishing community.
The sloops were falling into disuse and were gradually replaced by more modern vessels better adapted to the practice of fishing and shellfish.
To combat the complete disappearance of these vessels, the Union Culatrense Club has proposed to reintroduce these almost endangered vessels in Ria Formosa as a way of “reinforcing the identity, tradition and culture intrinsic to this lagoon and the sea” .
These boats were formally inaugurated on August 3 and 4, as part of the Celebrations in Honor of Our Lady of Navegantes (Culatra).
The sloops were used for the traditional rowing regattas, which were attended by and enthusiastic about a hundred fishermen and culatrenses, who had the opportunity to compete in the regatta on these traditional boats, “as in the past, reliving the history and past of this people ”.