Marina Portimão received on 24th and 25th of September, the “Portimão Challenge” Catamarans Regatta - Iberian Circuit 2011, open to all classes of light sailing catamaran, taking advantage of the excellent conditions of Portimao, in the 2011 edition.
Organization: ICMP – Iate Clube Portimão Marina de Portimão, in co-operation with ANACAT – National Association of Catamarans
The Portimão Portugal Match Cup Final took place in the Marina de Portimão, on 23-27 June 2010. The Portimão Portugal Junior Cup took place simultaneously, and on 30 June to 3 July 2010 we hosted the Portimão Portugal Women’s Cup.
The World Match Racing Tour and the Marina de Portimão Yacht Club organized these events, in collaboration with Portimão Sun Sailing Team Academy, a Sá Machado Group Company, who since 2003 holds the rights to the event in Portugal
Peter Gilmour (AUS) from YANMAR Racing was the major winner of this competition.
The AUDI MED CUP is the most important event in the sailing circuit held in the Mediterranean. Some of the best and most famous of today’s skippers and crew compete in events as important as the America Cup.
This 5-event circuit was held for the first time in Portugal based in the Marina de Portimão, who organized this prestigious sailing event more than once, supporting with infrastructures and services. The great offer of restaurants and entertainment granted everyone some leisure and relaxation when the races were not on.
The first challenge in the world to Sail Round the World in Solitary or Doubles, in single hull 40-foot Open, and Portugal was chosen as the starting point of this Round-the-World journey. This city has a huge maritime tradition and is quite accustomed to arranging large international nautical sports events and the Marina de Portimão is the perfect location for the great stage that is the “Portimão Global Ocean Race”.
This race passed the fiercest capes of the five continents, stopping in Cape Town - South Africa, Wellington – New Zealand, Ilhabela – Brazil and in Charleston in the USA. This Nautical Event is an initiative of the Global Ocean Sailing Ventures, a company owned by the renowned sailors Josh Hall and Brian Hancock, with ICMP as the host club, officially sponsored by the Municipality of Portimão, with the support of the Marina de Portimão as well as various international entities. The 10 sailors - the youngest 27 and the oldest 69 years old - from various countries, such as United Kingdom, Belgium, Holland, South Africa, Germany and Chile sailed in 6 vessels, navigating solo or double, left Portimão to face 30 thousand miles of navigation and nine months of struggling in the oceans:
The start of the “Portimão Global Ocean Race” - “The World`s First Solo-Double Global Ocean Challenge” was held in Portimão, by Praia da Rocha on October 12, 2008.
The Prize Award Ceremony of the Portimão Global Ocean Race was over at the end of eight months of sailing was held in the Hotel Tivoli Marina de Portimão, on Saturday 27 June.
"The Skippers International fleet gathered in the Marina de Portimão felt very welcome by good weather, a group of enthusiastic, courteous staff, ready to help in preparing the boats for the first stage of this round the world regatta
The Marina de Portimão proved to be the ideal place for the two week period that preceded the race. Quite a few of the boats had a long list of work to be done and they were very pleased that for once they didn't have to worry about the weather conditions - the weather in Algarve is fantastic!
Practically everyone stayed at the Hotel Tivoli Marina de Portimão that due to its proximity to the boats was fabulous for the skippers, friends and family.
Participants from United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Holland, South Africa and Chile turned this into a celebration of diversity, and for many skippers the last memory they’ll take on their long journey to Cape Town, sailing through the big blue ocean, was looking back after clearing the Marina’s pontoons to wave goodbye to their loved ones who stayed behind on land.
We were all looking forward to returning to the Marina de Portimão in June 2009, when the race would end … for all of us, it’s the best Marina in the world.”
Just over a year after it considered the evidence with better organization of Audi MedCup circuit, Marina de Portimão received the Trophy of Portugal - City of Portimão, which ended the season of TP52
The 2008 edition featured the involvement of many sailors who participated in the America's Cup, due to indecision on the future of this competition. Some teams chose to participate in the race of the 2008 Audi MedCup, championship that gave them the opportunity to compete in optimal conditions and great balance.
The boatyard Marina Portimão, was this year's base of operations to prepare the boats for the final stage, where crew members and Shore team "have tested the speed and perfection in the gillnet vessel.
The evidence presented in the seas of Portimão, the only place in an environment outside the Mediterranean, has won a higher dimension on the debut edition.
The Trophy of Portugal was decisive in the awarding of the title. This last step, and only held in the Atlantic, had four days of racing techniques (Windward-Leeward), and a coastline. During the five days of competition the sailors faced the prevailing winds from the north, ranging between 10 and 20 knots. Again the commission of the race, paid tribute to the Portuguese organization, adding that he was working on 2009 edition .
Classification Trophy 2008 Audi MedCup:
At the end of the circuit, the fleet was carried by freighter to Puerto Calero, the Canary Islands, to participate in the World TP 52. The operation produced an impressive logistics, having been shipped in "Apollogracht, 23 vessels (TP52, GP42 and IMS), 11 chase boats, 8 semi-rigid, 8 container, 15 vans ...
The Portugal Powerboat P1 Grand Prix took place on 26-28 September last, based on the Marina de Portimão, who has hosted this international motor-sport competition for the second year in a row, with the fastest boats in the world.
The last race of the Powerboat P1 World Championship held in Portugal was the title decider for the world class Evolution (prototypes), between the English team Fountain Worldwide and the Italians of GFN Gibellato.
38 pilots and 19 teams competed in the categories Evolution and SuperSport. The Portugal Grand Prix included two races for each class (speed and endurance) in a circuit designed in open sea in the Portimão Bay, in front of Praia da Rocha, closing the 2008 season, after the San Benedetto Del Tronto (Italy), Marseille (France), La Valleta (Malta), Hammamet (Tunisia) and Vigo (Spain) races.
The first day of the competition was for Powerpole. The #44 Conam Yacth boats - P1 World Champions in the SuperSport class - and #10 Fantastic 1, in the SuperSport and Evolution classes respectively, were the fastest in the event.
On Saturday the 27th, the race continued with an engaged audience, witnesses of a thrilling confrontation. In fact, the pilots from the British team Fountain Worldwide, who were front runners for the world title with the Italians from GFN Gibellato, finished their race in third, leaving their adversaries in fourth with a two second advance. The first and only round of the Portuguese circuit was won by the Italian team Kiton Outerlimits.
The last day of the competition, that could still determine the classification, saw the second round of both classes cancelled by the organisation due to rain and strong winds. The World Championship ended with the classification registered on Saturday, when the world title was conquered by the British team James Shepard/Craig Winston.
In the SuperSport class, the Italian team Aaron Ciantar/Ângelo Tedeschi (Conam Yachts), who had won the title on the second last race of the World Championship, won the first round of the Portuguese circuit, having as second the Baia High Performance team.
The Portugal Cup, 4th stage of the Breitling MedCup’07 with twenty TP52 vessels, took place in the Marina de Portimão on 20-25 August.
This circuit – one of the most important and most competitive in the world – leaves the Mediterranean for the first time, an unparalleled decision to bet in Portimão to organize one of the stages, arranged by João Lagos Sports.
There were some big names among the crews, such as the New-Zealander Russell Coutts (three time winner of the America Cup and recently recruited to BMW Oracle Racing for the 33rd edition of the race), the North-Americans Paul Cayard (helmsman of several boats in the America Cup, winner of the Whitbread Race with EF Language in 1998) and John Kostecki (Olympic Champion), as well as the German Jochen Schuemann (helmsman of the Alinghi, winner of the last two editions of the America Cup).
Among the two dozen competing yachts, Caixa Galicia with Vicente Tirado headed the overall classification, with a 12 point advantage over Artemis with Torbjörn Tornqvist. Bigamist IV (15th place overall) represented the Portuguese colours in this race, with the shipowner Pedro Mendonça and the Olympic sailor Afonso Domingos as skipper.