I RATHER TELL MY STORY IN SAILING TIME

May 10, 2017

      My parents were recreational (but very enthusiastic) sailors and members on a sailing club in Sao Paulo, Brazil. For that reason, I grew up surrounded by boats and according to them it would be impossible for me to remember the first time I stepped on a sailboat. However, at the age of 7 I participated on my first introductory course and started my journey in the Optimist class. After a couple of years getting to know the basics, loosing the fear every child at some point has and learning to have fun while sailing, I finally joined my first tournament when I was 10 years old.

 

 

            It may seem cliché, but at that very day I felt this was it: this was what I wanted to do for a living. I didn't know if I would want or be able to be an athlete myself, but I felt sport would be forever guiding me through life.

            My journey in the Optimist class wasn't that promising in terms of results, but it gave me what I most needed at that time: encouragement, self-confidence, social life and morals that I carry with me since then.

           

At the age of 12, I started sailing a Laser and maybe because I was the youngest sailor in the class in Sao Paulo at that time, I was helped by many people and developed pretty well over time. In 2000, with 14 years old, I got a sponsorship and was able to start travelling around to participate on some international championships - and brought some good results back home. In 2001, I was the Brazilian Ranking leader on the Laser 4.7 and also ended that year up with a podium in a South American championship.

 

But Brazil isn't what we can consider a safe environment for athletes and in 2002 my sponsor wasn't able to keep the contract for one more year so I had to sell my boat and just wish I could, somehow, keep sailing. At that same year I was invited to start giving classes and besides knowing nothing about didactics at that time, I loved the experience and turned this in my main activity besides studying.

 

As I mentioned above, I didn't have a boat anymore, but a lot of friends and networking provided by the previous years of sailing. Besides debuting on catamarans sailing as Hobie Cat 16 crew, in 2003 I was invited by someone to join her on the Brazilian Championship in Snipe Class. We had a very nice overall result and were the first ones among women. This was the beginning of a new journey and 3 years later, in 2006, we participated on the Snipe Women's World Championship and managed to finish in the 8th place.

 

In 2004 I was also done with school and in 2005 I started studying business administration at University. In 2007, I spent the year abroad and when I returned to Brazil in 2008, I graduated and started trying to get back on sailing competitions. That was when I realised I forgot about that feeling I had when I was a kid and decided my academic focus wasn't exactly right. 

 

In 2009 I basically got back on track: I started studying Sports & Physical Education and was invited to work as the youth team head coach at the main Yacht Club in Sao Paulo. Besides that, I also had the opportunity to get back to catamarans sailing events as a crew.

 

In 2011 I left the sailing club in order to create my own business. I kept working as an independent sailing coach, and could also start helping people to introduce sport in their lifestyle. Those were some busy years but I fortunately managed to have a successful life.

 

At the end of 2013 I was invited to join someone on the road to the Olympics in Rio 2016 on the Nacra 17 class. Unfortunately we didn't have time and sponsorships enough to a whole Olympic campaign, but I can surely affirm I learned a lot in that period.

 

In 2015 another pleasant invitation came and my last participation in sailing competitions before moving to the Netherlands was remarkable by a high-level trial to the Pan-American games in the Hobie Cat 16 class, in which we end up with the 3th place, tied with the 2nd and only one point from the winner.

 

At the end of this very same year, I joined a youth Brazilian Windsurfer at the World Championship as her physical and tactical coach, and after that I finally decided it was time to give one of my main dreams a chance and started the process to move to the Netherlands.

 

I moved on May 2016 and am now trying to find my way to live and, of course, sail here...!

 

 

 

 

 

Main sailing results:

 

2015

  • 3th place in the Brazilian trials for the Pan-American Games (Hobie Cat 16 Class)

 

2014

  • 4th place in the Brazilian trials for the Olympic Games (Nacra 17 Class)

  • 2nd place in the Ilhabela International Sailing Week (HPE 22 Class Overall)

 

2009

   

     1st place in the Brazilian Newcomers National Championship (Hobie Cat 16 Class)

 

2006

  • 8th place in the Women’s World Championship (Snipe Class)

 

2003

  • 1st place in the Women’s Brazilian National Championship (Snipe Class)

  • 1st place in the Brazilian Newcomers National Championship (Hobie Cat 16 Class)

 

2001

  • 2nd place in the South American Championship (Laser 4.7 Class Overall)

  • 1st place Brazilian Ranking (Laser 4.7 Class Overall)

  • 3rd place in the Brazilian National Championship (Laser 4.7 Class Women)

 

2000

  • 1st place in the South American Championship (Laser 4.7 Class Women)

  • 1st place in the National Ranking (Laser 4.7 Class Overall)

  • 3rd place in the Brazilian National Championship (Laser 4.7 Class Women)

  • 1st place in the Sao Paulo Regional Championship (Laser 4.7 Class Overall)

 

1999

  • 1st place in the Sao Paulo Regional Championship (Laser 4.7 Class Overall)

  • 2nd place in the Sao Paulo Regional Championship (Optimist Class Girls)

 

1998

  • 1st place in the Sao Paulo Regional Championship (Optimist Class Girls)

 

1997

  • 3rd place in the Sao Paulo Regional Championship (Optimist Class Girls)

 

1996

  • 1st place on the "Sailor of the year Cup" in Sao Paulo, Brazil (Optimist Class)

 

 

Another International participations:

- 2015 Techno293 windsurf World Championship (Cagliari): 11th place.

- 2014 Nacra 17 South American Championship (Rio de Janeiro): 14th place.

- 2001 Laser Radial Youth World Championship (Riva del Garda): DSQ by 3 yellow flags

- 2000 Laser Radial Youth World Championship (Barcelona): 60th place

- 1997 Optimist North American Championship (Acapuldo, MEX): 31th place

 

 

 

 

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