During the four racing days of the Portuguese Nationals, everybody assisted to a very intense competition among the 24 boats presented in this race.It was the biggest fleet that ever raced in Portugal, and we had 3 foreign crews, which came from England and Ireland in order to prepare for the World Cup, to be held between August 28th to September 4th.
In this four days of race, the competitors held 11 races with strong winds, most of them from the northern quadrant. In the first three days, the races were held in the Bay racing area, but was in the last day, with two races in the Guia racing area, that foreign competitors experienced and enjoyed one of the best racing sailing fields of the world. Citing David Cheyne, Chairman of the Laser SB3 Class World Council, “it’s was absolutely awesome and we had a fantastic day sailing.”
The dispute of the podium places was intense with five crews winning races and showing the proper level of the fleet. Mike Budd, who in 2008 almost won the World Championships, was the winner of the event, raising the final victory on the last day of races, when he won the two races.
Although the British won the first place, the Portuguese Title was won by Engexpor, from Fernando Bello, José Bello and António Góis, followed by CapitalMoura, from Filipe Silva, Joaquim Moreira and Pedro Costa Alemão.
The sailors will also have the opportunity to make the final adjustments and refinements before the World Cup by the end of August, because a week prior to the Worlds they will have the Desafio Grande Real Villa Itália, which is part of the Open de Vela da Costa do Estoril – Troféu Quebramar Chrysler.
For further notices, please see the official 2009 Laser SB3 Worlds site, at http://www.cncascais.com/regatas_main.php?idEvento=302&idRegata=11&idIdioma=2