The European Formula Windsurfing Championship, will be held in Portimão between the 17th and the 22nd of May. The event will be organized by the Clube Naval de Portimão and the Associação Formula Winsurfing Portugal, with Hotel Jupiter and Reptile as partners.
The sports director for CNPortimão, Luís Fonseca, told, Swell Algarve, that “We have an athlete capable of competing for this title”. Referring to Miguel Martinho, the 3rd Master of the World in 2015, and Multiple National Champion.
The European Formula Windsurfing Championship – Portimão 2016, will be disputed in various categories, namely, Masters, Youth and Women. The European titles are at stake and the event will rank in the European Cup and the National Championship, the Portuguese Formula Winsdsurfing Series 2016.
The event is expecting to gather 50 to 60 athletes, from a dozen countries, along with their entourage. “This event will have an enoumous impact in the local hotels and restaurants. This is an opportunity to promote our culture and image; show all that the region has to offer”, stated Luís Fonseca. This is the only International event, that the Clube Naval de Portimão is organizing this year.
The European FW category event is an opportunity to “consolidate all the work that has been done in the past years, placing Portugal on the map, demonstrating the Windsurfing growth in the country”, said Vasco Chaveca, president of the AFW Portugal, to Swell-Algarve.
In 2015, the World FW, was held in Lagos and the World Absolute in the Azores. This year it will be held in Portimão in May and the World Absolute will be held once again in the Azores, for the 2nd consecutive year.
For the event in May, the Clube Naval de Portimão solicited the Câmara of Portimão logistics support, and can count on two major partners. One being Hotel Jupiter, which will offer accomodation to the 1st and 2nd place winners in Masters and Youth. “More than a prize it is also an incentive” affirms the CNPortimão sports director. Further to this, Hotel Jupiter will also offer accomodation for international judges.
The brand Reptile associated with the European FW, will offer a mast, possibly two, which will add value to the event an all that is at stake.