Ventaneiro 3 wins 70th Santos-Rio Race

29 October 2020

  The Brazilian ORC championship has started with the 70th edition of the Santos-Rio Race. The race has attracted a record turnout of 68 boats in six categories starting at Iate Clube de Santos on Friday 23rd October with a boat parade at Baia de Santos and a crowd watching at Ponta da Praia in Santos. The race was characterized by a strong wind for most of the 200-mile course from Santos to Rio, sometimes reaching 30 knots.

Ventaneiro 3, a Dufour 500 from Rio de Janeiro and winner of the Buenos Aires-Rio Race in 2017, won the race finishing in 42 hours, 47 minutes and 4 seconds. The Grand Soleil 46 Xamã Red Noose from Ilhabela got second place and Ruda Blue Seal, the new Landmark 43 of Abvo’s Commodore Mario Martinez from Santos, finished third with Martina Grael, Rio-2016 Gold Olympic Medallist in 49er on the crew.

Sorsa III, a custom Farr 50 from Rio de Janeiro, earned line honours, and was fourth in corrected time.

“To win the 70th Santos-Rio race is a marvellous sensation, this edition we had the largest turnout in history and the best Brazilian sailors participating. We are delighted. We had three little boys in our crew, one of them my son Zion, 11, an Optmist sailor, who stamped his passport with the Santos-Rio race. This was endurance sailing, our crew showed a lot of determination with a good boat that gets through the tough conditions well,” said Renato Cunha, owner of Ventaneiro 3.

Martina Grael said: “It was a great learning experience finishing this 70th Santos-Rio with the cold front and strong winds. After trying a course away from the coast we got three giant waves and we had very slow progress. The last night was too cold, the fatigue got us as we could not rest inside the boat. When we crossed the finish line it was just a celebration: Mission Acomplished! All pains, body needs, discomforts surfaced.”

The 70th Santos-Rio had another Olympic medallist with Lars Grael who earned two Bronze medals finishing in fifth place with his IMX 40 Avohai. Torben Grael, who earned two Golds, and Isabel Swan, a Bronze Medalist, also competed in another class.

The 70th Santos-Rio was the first race of the Brazilian ORC Championship that continues this week starting on Friday with the 51st Circuito Rio held by Iate Clube de Rio de Janeiro and will finish on Monday, 2 November.



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