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Road to Rio: Looking ahead to 2.4 mR in 2016 for Brazil

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While the 2016 Summer Paralympics are still a year off, Brazil has already qualified a boat for the Games in this event.  Looking ahead towards possible team selection,  Brazil has two real option in this class, though neither are particularly highly ranked. Antonio Santa Rosa is ranked forty-third in the world while Mario Czaschke is ranked forty-seventh. Czaschke has been high as fourteenth though, and his low ranking may largely be a function of being unable to afford to compete in races that take place in Australia and Europe.

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What events these sailors have been competing at in the past three months can be difficult to track. Garda and Trentino Olympic Week, which took place earlier this month and had a 2.4 meter event, has no ISAF results published on their website. Antonio Santa Rosa competed in the Trofeo Sar Princess Sofia, which took place in Palma de Majorca in late March and early April of this year. He finished fifteenth, sailing as a representative of the ICRJ club, while sailing in the My Way boat. Oceanbridge Sail Auckland Regatta in New Zealand in March had this class on their program, but only New Zealand competitors took part.

 

This event is the one where Brazilian sailors have their best chance of performing well given their previous international experience in this boat. They have competed at the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, 2014 IFDS Combined World Championships, 2013 IFDS Combined World Championships, and 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères.

 

Brazil has never medalled in this event on the Paralympic level.

 

If you’re interested in following Brazilian sailing on Facebook, there are a number of pages you can watch including https://www.facebook.com/pages/AMVA-Associa%C3%A7%C3%A3o-Mineira-de-Vela-Adaptada/187439551303852 , https://www.facebook.com/CBVA2016 , https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lars-Grael/111873558824684 , and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Robert-Scheidt/43206233258 , https://www.facebook.com/pages/Torben-Grael/111904542159996 .



 

 

Hosts Brazil automatically qualified for the 2016 Summer Paralympics by virtue of being hosts. At last year’s World Championships in Halifax, Canada, several countries qualified 2.4 mR boats with the final decision as to who would be on those boats up to the NPC. Countries that earned qualifying berths included Germany, Great Britain, France, Australia, United States, Canada, Norway, and Finland.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2529 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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