Bernardo Freitas started sailing at the age of eight and went on to become a national champion in the classes of Optimist, 420 and SB20, while also reaching the World Top 25 in the 49er class. Since an early age, the young athlete has had two dreams: taking part in the Volvo Ocean Race and in the Olympic Games. In 2012, he represented Portugal in the London Olympics, where he reached an honorable 8th place and earned an Olympic Diploma, and in 2017-18 he took part in the Volvo Ocean Race as part of the Mirpuri Foundation team. The Portuguese sailor has also taken part in some of the most important global competitions such as the World Match Racing Tour, the Extreme Sailing Series and the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, winning a Bronze medal in the latter which was a historic event for Portugal.
Bernardo Freitas´s participation in this race opened a new chapter in Portuguese maritime history and had merit in helping to contribute to creating a new generation of ocean sailors.
The President of Portugal, Professor Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, honoured the portuguese sailor for his participation in the Volvo Ocean Race.
Photo credit: Pedro Martinez / VOR
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