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 SKUD 18 boats with the final decision as to who would be on those boats up to the NPC. Countries that earned qualifying berths in various classes included Australia, Great Britain, Italy, Canada, and the United States.
Based on international rankings, Brazil has few options to play with for potential team selection. Bruno Landgraf Das Neves and Elaine Pedroso Da Cunha are almost certainly a lock on their slot. The pair ranked as high as ninth in July 2012’s rankings after making their debut at twenty-second in August 2011. Since then, they have languished near the bottom of international rankings or dropping off international rankings altogether like they are at the present. They were last ranked eighteenth. Because of sailing being cut from the program for 2020 and sailing not being a sport being specifically targeted for the podium at 2016, there is not much to look out for internationally when it comes to Brazilian sailors in this boat.
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 SKUD 18 event, has no ISAF results published on their website. ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères did not have SKUD 18 on their program. Trofeo Sar Princess Sofia, which took place in Palma de Majorca in late March and early April of this year, does not list results on the ISAF website for this class despite appearing on the program on ISAF’s website and the event is not referenced in the results of the organizers website. Oceanbridge Sail Auckland Regatta in New Zealand in March had this class on their program, but only New Zealand competitors took part.
Brazil has never medaled in this class at the Paralympic Games. Despite the qualifying berth, one of the most recent major international competitions for Brazil in this boat was the 2012 Summer Paralympics.
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 .