Please select your home edition
North Sails Performance 2023 - LEADERBOARD

Bernardo freitas to skipper Racing for the Planet in the Mirpuri Foundation Sailing Trophy 2024

by Mirpuri Foundation 9 May 11:14 UTC 5-7 July 2024
Bernardo Freitas © Pedro Martinez

The Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team announces that former team watch captain Bernardo Freitas (POR) will lead the Team in the 2024 edition of The Mirpuri Foundation Sailing Trophy, in July.

A previous The Ocean Race sailor and winner of The Ocean Race Europe, Bernardo Freitas has been an integral part of the Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team since its inception in 2019 and will now step up to the role of skipper.

Bernardo Freitas brings a career of ocean racing experience to the helm of the Racing for the Planet VO65. In 2017, he joined the Turn the Tide on Plastic crew in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 edition, the ultimate test of a team in sports. The 34-year-old sailing star, who represented Portugal at the London Olympics in 2012, joined the Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team in 2019 and raced in all the races the team participated in, including The Ocean Race 2023 and The Ocean Race Europe 2021, claiming victory.

Bernardo Freitas said, "To skipper the Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team fills me with joy and pride. It's not just about leading the team; it's about embracing the responsibility to steer towards a future where our passion for sailing blends with our commitment to sustainability."

Paulo Mirpuri, President of the Mirpuri Foundation, said, "I have worked with Bernardo for many years and seen his amazing evolution since he was part of our Turn The Tide On Plastic team in the Volvo Ocean Race. I am confident he is up to this challenge and look forward to seeing how he embraces his new role as the skipper. He is one of the best young talents yet to skipper a VO65."

The first of two days of racing across seven classes in the Mirpuri Foundation Sailing Trophy will be on July 6th. The full crew joining Bernardo Freitas onboard for the Mirpuri Foundation Sailing Trophy will be announced shortly.

Related Articles

Get 10% off 2024 Henri-Lloyd Kit this Weekend!
New Season Henri-Lloyd in Store Now at CoastWaterSports New Season Henri-Lloyd in Store Now at CoastWaterSports. Posted today at 3:08 pm
How boaters can protect their boats
For the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its official predictions for the 2024 hurricane season with 23 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), 11 predicted to develop into hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher) Posted on 19 Jun
Dri-Fast Polos, Tees, Explorer Shorts & Trousers
Year round comfort and performance from Henri-Lloyd Having the perfect pair of 'go-to' shorts and choice of technical tops is now even easier, thanks to the new range of Dri-Fast Polos, Tee shirts and Explorer shorts and trousers from British sailing brand Henri-Lloyd. Posted on 19 Jun
Oyster World Rally 2028-29 entries open
Overwhelming Demand for Luxury Adventure on the High Seas Oyster Yachts, thoroughbred British luxury yacht builder and pioneer of fully supported luxury long-haul sailing adventures, announces the opening of entries for the Oyster World Rally 2028-29 to unprecedented demand. Posted on 19 Jun
The latest kit for summer boating, rain or shine
Our pick of the latest kit Summer's finally here and the season is in full swing. Here's our pick of the latest kit for racing, cruising and enjoying the water, rain or shine. Posted on 19 Jun
Excess Owners Stories - Hereiti and Manutea
Discover the story of two people who share a passion for water sports and for sailing Discover the story of two people who share a passion for water sports and for sailing. Posted on 19 Jun
How you can help our oceans this World Refill Day!
Make a difference by joining Oceana in calling on beverage and bottling companies to #RefillAgain This World Refill Day, help make a difference by joining Oceana in calling on beverage and bottling companies to #RefillAgain! Posted on 17 Jun
World ARC arrives in Fiji
22 boats arrived in Lomaloma over the course of three days This year, 22 boats in the World ARC Rally fleet staggered their departures from Tonga and arrived in Fiji over the course of three days. Posted on 16 Jun
Mishi 88 superyacht strikes an ideal balance
Fully RINA certified for ultimate peace of mind A new force is emerging in the exclusive world of super sailing yachts, with the introduction of the 27-metre Mishi 88. Posted on 16 Jun
RNLI lifesavers honoured by His Majesty The King
Volunteers and staff, including chief executive, recognised in King's Birthday Honours Eight Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) volunteers and staff have been recognised for a combined 304 years of dedicated service to saving lives at sea in His Majesty The King's Birthday Honours. Posted on 15 Jun
GJW Direct - Yacht 2019 - FooterHyde Sails 2022 One Design FOOTERPantaenius 2022 - SAIL & POWER 2 FOOTER ROW