Frederico Pinheiro de Melo started sailing as a child in the Optimist class, moving afterwards to the Laser class where he won the title of national champion three times and then went on to conquer the title of World Junior Vice-Champion. He specialized in the Dragon, Finn and Star classes with renowned success. Throughout his career, the prestigious professional sailor has taken part in important competitions such as the World Match Racing Tour, the Extreme Sailing Series and the Regatta Sydney-Hobart. Frederico fulfilled his childhood dreams by representing the national colors at the Olympic Games in London 2012, and by taking part in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 edition, the longest and most toughest race around the world.
Frederico Melo´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 credits: James Blake / VOR
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