And so at… the end Brasil is Grael. When we did the America’s Cup Martina Grael was a young girl, she was bright quickly and loved sailing like the father, looking around curious to learn about boats. Today after a magistral and magic medal race, she is the fisrt 49FX olympic champion. Father Torben, the ultimate sailing legend, the proudest man in Brasil. Martina the spirit of the sea continues, that is Grael first of all passion, hours and hours sailing., First the unkles, then Torben and Lars now Martina and her brother Marco.

Martina Grael and Kahena Kunze at the Medal Ceremony. Photo Sailing Energy

Martina Grael and Kahena Kunze at the Medal Ceremony. Photo Sailing Energy

Niteroi, were they come from, mythical Guanabara Bay the waters that made the magic, because as we told you from day one, surely you get more hits if you say Rio is dangerous, the waters are polluted, but it is all not really relevant. We needed breeze and the best sailors would have won, racing was fantastic and the Rio Olympics legendary, and so it was all classes shining thanks to Rio. The magic strong wind races outside the Bay, the thrilling medal races, the current and the shifty testing conditions.

Torben Grael smiles after Martina's victory. Photo Sailing Energy

Torben Grael smiles after Martina’s victory. Photo Sailing Energy

What one unbelievable Games, the real spirit of sailing is back and it was about times after months of politics that had no connection with what we love most: sailing. Let’s honour our champions, let them know that they can start training tomorrow, that the next stop for all of them is Tokyo, Japan, let’s grow the sport and enjoy the fact that what we have is a unique modern “blue” green, and absolutely unique and faboulous was Rio sailing.

The Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition features 380 athletes from 66 nations, in 274 boats racing across ten Olympic disciplines. Racing runs from Monday 8 August through to Thursday 18 August 2016 with 217 male and 163 female sailors racing out of Marina da Gloria in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sailing made its Olympic debut in 1900 and has been a mainstay at every Olympic Games since 1908. For more information or requests please contact Daniel Smith at World Sailing on marketing@sailing.org or phone +44 (0) 7771 542 131.

The Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition features 380 athletes from 66 nations, in 274 boats racing across ten Olympic disciplines. Racing runs from Monday 8 August through to Thursday 18 August 2016 with 217 male and 163 female sailors racing out of Marina da Gloria in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sailing made its Olympic debut in 1900 and has been a mainstay at every Olympic Games since 1908. For more information or requests please contact Daniel Smith at World Sailing on marketing@sailing.org or phone +44 (0) 7771 542 131.

The Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition features 380 athletes from 66 nations, in 274 boats racing across ten Olympic disciplines. Racing runs from Monday 8 August through to Thursday 18 August 2016 with 217 male and 163 female sailors racing out of Marina da Gloria in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sailing made its Olympic debut in 1900 and has been a mainstay at every Olympic Games since 1908. For more information or requests please contact Daniel Smith at World Sailing on marketing@sailing.org or phone +44 (0) 7771 542 131.