Three Portuguese sailors won medals at the Adapted Sailing European Championship last week in Portimão, with 113 athletes from 10 countries participating.
"A week of intense competition that put athletes to the test with less favorable conditions in the early days – with little wind and lots of sun – and ended with strong wind, some rain and fog on the last day of the race," says the organization.
Rui Dowling, an athlete from the Naval Club of Horta, was crowned European champion in hansa class 2.3 – smaller vessels – followed by André Bento (National School of Adapted Sailing), a silver medal in the same class.
In hansa 303 singles, João Pinto – athlete of the Naval Club of Portimão – took home the bronze in the first international race after four years out of sailing, in a race won by Piotr Cichocki (Poland).
The other European champions were Polish duo Piotr Cichocki and Olga Gruzdien, in the hansa 303 doubles class, and Vera Voorbach (Netherlands), in the liberty class.
The next Adapted Sailing World Championship will be held in Los Angeles (United States), but the organization – run by the Teia D'Impulsos Association and the Portimão Marina Yacht Club – has revealed that it will try to “bring the 2021 World Cup to Portugal. "