The balance for the year of 2002 can be held to be overwhelmingly positive: finally the last hurdles were overcome and the work on the new Club House was begun. Most of the year was dedicated to bringing about the groundbreaking on this project, and we would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to one and all, which have helped us make this dream a reality, most especially the new team at City Hall, and with a special thanks to the Mayor of Cascais, Dr. António Capucho.
We would also like to thank our Club Members for their help and forbearance during this trying time. Soon the benefits will be clear, and shared by all; and to this end we ask for your continued support and faith.
On the sports front, we have continued our policy of prioritizing the training of the new generation of sailors with our school being attended not only by the children of Club Members, but by the youth of Cascais; resulting in our Sailing Courses being continuously sold out.
These results are the mirror of the extraordinary work of our instructors and trainers and the excellent resultas achieved by our Sailors, with special emphasis on the victories in the Encontro Nacional de Escolas de Vela (National Sailing Schools Competition), the Portuguese Championship in Laser and Junior Lady’s, and the National Dragon Championship.
We are happy to note the resurgence of the Laser and Snipe Fleets, with a remarkable level of excellence, and palpable competitive results.
As far as the Sailing Calendar goes, it is once again hectic; with the principal events (the El Rey D. Juan Carlos I Trophy, the III Open Regatta Vela Costa do Estoril, II Quebramar/Chrysler Trophy, and the Christmas Regatta- Quebramar) garnering even more adherents and prestige on the National and International Sailing scene.
We would like to thank all those who collaborated in the organization of the Events - and the entities that have supported us - most especially, the Câmara Municipal de Cascais, the Junta de Turismo da Costa do Estoril, quebramar and the Cascais Marina.
2003 promises to be just as exciting, with the addition to the aforementioned Events of the European Championship for the Star Class, for which we have been fortunate in obtaining the exclusive sponsorship of the Portugal Telecom Group.
As a sequel to the great events we have organized, we must refer the great project in which Clube Naval de Cascais is involved; our Commodore, Dr. Patrick Monteiro de Barros as the culmination of three years of work promoting the qualities of our Country, and in conjunction with the Team Alinghi; presented on the 3rd of March a declaration of interest in hosting the XXXI America’s Cup, in having the Event take place in Portugal, most especially in the Bay of Cascais. This proposal was presented with the full support of the President of the Republic and the Council of Ministers of Portugal.
It is with great regret that we announce the death of two Founding Members: João Alves Lourenço Galamas and Jaime da Encarnação Higinio, to whom we owe so much; for it was their vision and effort that brought about this great work – the Clube Naval de Cascais – that we are privileged to have the duty and the honor to continue.
Another sad goodbye was to our great friend Manuel Pereira da Silva (Pataca), deceased on the 2nd of July 2002. Pataca - as he was known to one and all – spent most of his life closely linked to the Clube Naval de Cascais, having been one of our most dedicated and enthusiastic ambassadors, both in his professional life and in his activity as a sportsman. This is not a loss to be easily overcome, and our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife, Manuela; his children and all his family.
The Council General of the Clube Naval de Cascais deliberated on the proposal, and voted unanimously to solicit that the Portuguese Sailing Federation attributes the Posthumous Medal of Merit to Pataca, for outstanding service of great benefit to the National Sailing community. We anxiously await the resolution of the Federation.
In closing, we would also like to thank every Club Member actively involved in the administration of our Club – namely: the General assembly, the Council General and the Fiscal Council - and all the Club collaborators that have contributed with their work, dedication and effort to make 2002 a year of sterling successes, a year to be proud of.
2. Sporting Activity
In 2002 the Clube Naval de Cascais strove to maintain its high level of commitment to the sport, and consolidate the growth evident in the last few years.
Two new additions to the Executive Commission – Bruno Santos e José Cancella Abreu – responsible respectively, for the Sailing School and Competitive teams; and Regatta Organization. These two Gentlemen have initiated the restructuring of the aforementioned activities, resulting in the marked improvement of the quality of the services for the Sailors of the Clube Naval de Cascais.
2.1. Competitive Sailing Teams
The Laser Class is back on the competitive scene at Clube Naval de Cascais, and with a vengeance.
Trainer Gonçalo Carvalho’s hard work, and the dedication and effort of the 10 man Sailing Team was rewarde, and Frederico Pinheiro de Melo won the Portuguese Laser Championship; with the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th positions going to his team mates from Clube Naval de Cascais.
The 420 Team - Mariana Freitas and Carmo Bustorff - won the Junior Lady’s Portuguese Championship, and represented Portugal in the ISAF World Junior Championship (Canada) and in the Junior European Championship (Belgium). 31 sailors competed in the Optimist teams, and once again, the results were excellent. We had three sailors in the Top 5 of the Regional A Ranking; and four in the Top 5 of the Regional B Ranking.
The excellent results obtained at the Optimist National Championship allowed us to send two sailors to the World Championship (Texas/USA) and one sailor to the European Championship. In both these competitions, our Sailors obtained the highest Rankings for Portuguese sailors: Tomás Silva was 38th in the World Championship, and António Matos Rosa in the 50th in the European Championship. Both these Sailors are now ranked as High Competition sportsmen.
Still in the Optimits: for the third time in three years the CNC Team won the National Sailing Schools Competition, a gratifying result which shows the consistently excellent quality of our sailors.
2.2. Other Classes
The success of the Maria Guedes de Queiroz Trophy in 2001 breathed new life into the Snipe Class as far as the Clube Naval de Cascais sailors were concerned. The CNC Snipe Fleet became, in 2002, one of the largest and most active in Portugal. Vasco Empis, Eduardo van-Zeller, Carlos Azevedo, Luís Guedes de Queiroz and José Magalhães are but a few of the “new” Snipe enthusiasts eagerly training and participating in Championships.
The Dragon Fleet has been especially active, and this year the Henrique Anjos/José Salgado/Pedro Costa Alemão team took the National Championship. The high level of our Dragon sailors, and the quality of our Competitions has drawn some of the best European Dragon sailors, keen to train and compete in our waters.
In the Cruiser Classes, the Quebramar/Chrysler Poject – crewed by an all CNC team- has proved itself a great success. It won the Marina de Cascais Trophy, the 2002 Regatta, and participated in the Regattas of the High Level Galician Circuit in Spain.
The Match Racing Team – Francisco Neto, Bruno Santos, Tiago Marcelino e Miguel Veludo – took a 2º Place in the National Championship and won the Qualificação Centro Regatta.
2.3. Olympic Team
Clube Naval de Cascais Sailors participating in the 2004 Athens Project:
49er – Pedro Andrade and Francisco Andrade
Star – Afonso Domingos and Bernardo Santos
These sailors are training at a steady pace to reach the highest possible level of preparation, and so qualify for the Olympic Games.
With the Olympic Project in mind, the Clube Naval de Cascais has reformulated its protocols with the Portuguese Sailing Federation, seeking to bring our sailors every advantage possible.
2.4. Sailing Events/Regattas
2002 saw the realization of 5 Cruiser Class Regattas and 17 Dinghy Regattas in which a grand total of more than 1500 sailors participated. 10 of these were Official Competitions, showing the Classes’ willingness to compete in our waters.
Most relevant amongst the Regattas were:
VII Rey D. Juan Carlos I Trophy – Dragon Class – 4 Foreign Teams and 11 National teams participated in the Trophy, now included in the Iberian Dragon Championship.
Christmas Regattas – Quebramar –300 participating sailors made this the largest National Regatta ever organised by the Clube Naval de Cascais.
III Open de Vela da Costa do Estoril – Quebramar / Chrysler – Thanks to the excelente work of the sponsors, this has become the best Cruiser Class Regatta in Portugal.
Maria Guedes de Queiroz Trophy –42 crews, (the most numerous participation ever) competed for this Trophy, making it one of the most charismatic and agreeable events of the Clube Naval de Cascais Sailing Calendar.
We close by announcing that we have succeeded in our efforts to bring the European Star Championship for 2003 to Cascais.
2.5. Sailing School
The Sailing Schools have maintained a steady growth both in the Trimestral Courses and the Intensive Courses. More than 170 young sailors initiated their sailing activity through the Clube Naval de Cascais.
The return to the Initiation of Cruise Sailing Courses proved successful, and an activity to foster and expand.
The growing demand for sailing courses has demostrated the necessity to improve and expand the existing structure of the Sailing School: more Instructors, Ribs and dinghies for the coming year.
Wanting to improve the quality of our teaching, we have enrolled our trainers/ instructors in Courses organized by the A.R.V.C..
Our Leisure Navigation School graduated 6 Sailors and 13
Nos Cursos de Navegadores de Recreio foram formados 6 Seamen e 13 Day Skippers.
2.6. Cascais School of Nautical Activities
Part of a joint project – fruit of a protocol with the Câmara Municipal de Cascais and the School Sports Department - the School of Nautical Activities functions at the Clube facilities during the week. As part of this work, more than 600 pupils from the Cascais schools had access to sailing, wind-surfing and canoeing activities. Bringing even more children and youths to nautical activities is one of our dearest ambitions, and this is a Project we wish to embrace wholeheartedly in the future