Portimão, European City of Sport, will be the adapted sailing capital in 2019, hosting in September and October several national and international events, organized by Vela Solidária, project of Teia d'Impulsos,
The agenda includes the holding of the National Adapted Sailing Championship, September 27-29, the International Adapted Sailing Internship (ParaWorldSailing), from September 30 to October 5, the National Adapted Sailing Internship, from September 30 to October 4, and the Adapted Sailing European Championship, October 5-12.
In the two championships – which will be based on the Portimão Marina, taking place on the Arade estuary – and the stages, the Algarve city will receive, for two weeks, more than 400 people.
At the European Championship, the number of sailors is expected to rise to 150, representing 20 countries, “European and beyond,” the organization says.
“This is the biggest challenge ever taken on Portuguese lands with regard to adapted sailing,” says Teia d'Impulsos, which organizes these competitions in partnership with the Portimão Marina Yacht Club.
“The organization of these events results from the work that has been developed since 2012, with the constitution of the adapted sailing school”, reinforces the association.
Since then, Solidarity Sailors have participated in all national events (three each year) and in European and World Championships (eight competitions in total), as well as the organization of two national championships (2015 and 2017).
The organization expects this evidence to be "a catalyst for growth, awareness and appreciation of human and natural resources."
A partnership with the University of Algarve will allow the development of a plan for the analysis and impact assessment of events, the creation of tourist programs and accessible routes, as well as the planning, implementation and management of such events.