The European Adapted Sailing Championship began on October 7 at a ceremony that featured 113 athletes from ten countries – Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Spain, France and Portugal.
After a training race canceled due to lack of wind, athletes with disabilities – competing in four different classes (2.3, 303 Singles, 303 Doubles and Liberty) – made their way to the official opening of the event, which will take place in Portimão in the The European City of Sport 2019. On a pleasant evening, Marina Correia, Director-General of Marina de Portimão, Maria Nobre de Carvalho and Luís Brito, representing the Teia D'Impulsos Association, Fátima Catarina, vice-president of the Algarve Tourism Region, and Teresa Mendes, councilor with the responsibilities of sport and youth in the City Council of Portimão.
Guests and organization welcomed the athletes with open arms, expressing the «pride that is to be able to perform a race of this size in Portuguese territory». Bob Sharinger, Hansa Class president, took the stage to thank the coming of athletes from around the world "for a competition that admittedly poses a challenge for the organization, but which presents ideal conditions, in an enviable setting".
The ceremony ended with music by DJ Gil Rodrigues and Saxophonist André Capela, at a time to socialize with Gin Barrister, offered by Aviworld. The official races start today, the 8th, and end on October 12 with the official championship awards ceremony, in a week that promises to be very competitive.