World Match Racing Tour debuts in Lisbon with Regata Portugal
29 September 2018
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The Regata Portugal is one of th e four World Match Racing Tour competitions and it is going to take place in Lisbon for the first time from today (Wednesday, 3 October) until Sunday (7 October) with two Portuguese teams.
Twelve crews will be competing, two of which are Portuguese, and eight catamarans, in the Tagus river for the Match Racing World Championship before the final in Shenzhen, China, from 8 to 12 November.
The first Regata Portugal (free admission) brings the best sailors in the world to Lisbon, such as Britainâs Ian Williams, six-time world champion, and Australiaâs Torvar Mirsky, winner of the World Match Racing Tour in 2017.
Portugal is represented by two teams that have little experience in this class. One team is composed of Bernardo Freitas (skipper), Frederico Melo, Gil Conde and JoÃ£o Mato s Rosa, in a boat that is does not exist yet, according to the teamâs skipper, and the other includes AntÃ³nio Fontes (skipper), Hugo Rocha, Mariana Lobato, Jorge Lima and HÃ©lder BasÃlio.
The competition is going to be held in two formats â" with the qualifying phase being played by the 12 teams in fleet racing (the catamarans sail at the same time), on Wednesday and Thursday to qualify the final eight.
On Friday, after the starting pistol is fired at 12.10 p.m. by Portugalâs President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, from the training ship of the Portuguese Navy (NRP Sagres), the knockout phase begins with a final and a âpetitâ final on Sunday.
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