420 training camp with SailCascais ahead of Nationals

SailCascais is organising a 420 Training Camp ahead of the class Portuguese Nationals in the town of Sesimbra on the 24th, 25th, and 26th March 2018. The 9 places made available by SailCascais sold out in a less than a week and more than a month and a half ahead of the event.

Sesimbra is located about half an hour drive from Lisbon, to the south, on the Atlantic coast and is well known in the country for youth sailing. Optimists and other classes train there all year around. The participants of the SailCascais 420 Camp will benefit from 3 full days of training, on the water and ashore with mental coaching and studying the racing rules of sailing with some of the top specialists in the country.



The training camp is organized by our technical director and Olympic coach Álvaro Marinho. On the water Álvaro is joined by with Gonçalo Almeida Ribeiro, the Portuguese 420 class coach. Together they will work with the teams on boat handling and speed as well as tactics.

Manuel Santos E Silva, one of the top Portuguese umpires, well known in the country and beyond, with extensive experience in major sailing events like RC44s, TP52s and Olympic classes World and European championships. Manuel will work with the young sailors on the rules with focus on boat VS boat.

This training is organised in partnership with Coaching Desportivo. Sérgio Guerreiro, the man behind this company has years of experience in mental and motivational coaching for athletes and sport teams, which is an important part in preparation for any competition that sometimes is left behind.


“I am really happy to organize an event for 420 class in my native Portugal. I work a lot with foreign teams abroad, but it’s great to be coaching at home. Having the 2016 World champions from our country inspires to invest time into the younger generation of Portuguese sailors. I hope that my knowledge and experience as Olympic sailor and coach will help the teams improve their skills and compete with better results at the Nationals, that will follow right after the camp on 28-31 March in Sesimbra, and later in their sport careers and maybe Olympic campaigns,” – commented Álvaro Marinho about his initiative.



With over a month to go, the event has attracted 9 teams from all over Portugal, including 6 teams from the Central region, two teams from Lagos and one from Porto. For this event SailCascais will be working with Clube Naval de Sesimbra for the organization. Sesimbra is buzzing with action this year with the 420 and 470  Junior Europeans happening in July 2018 and a number of events preceding it. The Club has modern facilities, including storage, fully equipped gym, briefing rooms, lockers etc.


The enrolment is officially closed, but a last minute request may still be accepted.

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