Diogo Costa/Pedro Costa crowned Portuguese 420 National Champions
The 2016 Portuguese 420 National Championships was held at Clube Naútico da Figueira da Foz from 30 March-2 April 2016. Figueira da Foz is about 140 km south of Porto.
The fiercely contested Championship saw thirty-eight 420 teams in battle for overall victory, as well as the junior, ladies, junior ladies and under-17 national titles.
Defending Champions Diogo Costa/Pedro Costa had reputation to maintain, and gave their rivals no opening to challenge for the title. Counting three wins from the four races easily sealed the deal and the team convincingly held onto their Portuguese 420 Open National Championship title.
Second overall to the mixed team of Rita Lopes/Pedro Cruz who stepped in to take the only win the Costa brothers didn’t claim in race 4, finishing 2 points behind the leaders. Third to Tomas Barreto/Joao Prieto.
Francisco Maia/Rui Oliveira, picked up the 420 Junior National Championship title from their fourth place overall. Mafalda Pires de Lima/Ana Luísa Magalhães were the top placed ladies team in 6th overall, claiming both the Ladies and Ladies Junior National Champions. Fifth placed João Bolina/Francisco Rodrigues became Under-17 420 National Champions.
The next and final qualifying regatta, Portuguese National Qualifying Regatta 3, will occur in three weeks, in Oporto.