André Fiuza and Marcelo Peek win Brazilian 420 Championship
Andre/Peek led the five days of racing at the 2016 Brazilian 420 National Championship, hosted at Veleiros do Sul, Porto Alegre from 16-23 January 2016.
A lack of wind on the final day kept the fleet ashore, but Fiuza/Peek had already done the job necessary to tie up victory with a 2 point advantage over Tiago Brito/Pedro Zonta. Third to Ricardo de Castro Paranhos/Gabriel Tolentino.
Victory at the Brazil National Championships marks the second win for the Fiuza/Peek partnership with a month. At the end of December they won the Cup III Brazil Sailing, after only teaming up together in September 2015.
"All of this was a reflection of a long time in the water. We sailed in Ilhabela (SP) and Rio de Janeiro, almost all weekends. The Brazilian, after three days we felt that our chance to be champions was great," said 15 year old helm Fiuza.
"In my opinion the Brazilian Youth Sailing is a great stage, a lot of people showing their talent and winning titles. It is very promising,” continued Fiuza. For crew Marcelo, his education will take him to Germany to study engineering, so he is likely to be taking a break from competitive sailing for a while.
Racing as an open fleet, but with separate titles, in the women's division, Olivia Belda/Marina Arndt finished as top girls and 8th overall. Second to Argentina’s Clara Videla/Sofia Videla Sofia.
"We prefer sailing in the heat, cold people do not like. And the strong wind also helped, has to make good use of everything we used to train,” explained Belda on their performance Belda. The pair will be heading to Italy for the 2016 420 World Championships where they are looking forward to racing in the girls fleet.
"Sailing with the boys is good, but only among girls is much cooler because we feel more confident. Especially in Italy, where the wind will be stronger, as we had here, all our training will count. We'll just have to close the mouth to stay lighter," joked Belda.
1. André Fiuza/Marcelo Peek (BRA)
2. Tiago Brito/Pedro Zonta (BRA)
3. Ricardo Paranhos/Gabriel Tolentino (BRA)
4. Leonardo Lombardi/Rodrigo Luz (BRA)
5. Claudia Mazzaferro/Andrei Kneip (BRA)
1. Olivia Belda/Marina Arndt (BRA)
2. Clara Videla/Sofia Videla (ARG)
3. Clara Penteado/Mariana Rittscher (BRA)
1. Gustavo Luis/Pietro Motta (BRA)
2. Olivia Belda/Marina Arndt (BRA)
3. James Quevedo/Erik Hoffmann (BRA)