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Torben GRAEL (BRA)

Torben GRAEL (BRA)The nomination period for Torben Grael began this year calling tactics aboard Luna Rossa in the Louis Vuitton Cup, challenging for the right to contest the America's Cup Match against Team New Zealand. However, with the Prada team eliminated in the semi-finals, Grael turned his attentions back to the Star, a class in which he already holds three Olympic medals.

Dominating in the Star is notoriously difficult, but Grael charged straight into second place at the ISAF Grade 1 SPA Regatta in May, before claiming Gold at the Athens 2003 Regatta.

Whilst not competing in the Star, Grael sails big boats and ranks one of his achievements over the past twelve months as helming the 112 foot sloop Ipanema to victory in Division 1 of the New Zealand Millennium Cup at the expense of fellow nominee, Neville Crichton who had to settle for second.
Tactician - Prada Challenge, 2002 Louis Vuitton Cup (eliminated semi-finals)

The Achievements of Torben Grael

1st - Millennium Cup Super-Yacht Cup, February 2003
2nd - SPA Regatta, May 2003 - Grade1
1st - Circuito Vela Brasil de Match Race (Match), June 2003 - Grade 4
6th - Kieler Woche, June 2003 - Grade 1
1st - Athens Regatta, August 2003 - Ungraded
32nd - 2003 ISAF World Championship - Star, September 2003 - Grade W

ISAF World Sailing Rankings - Open Keelboat - Star (1 October 2003) = 15

Name Torben GRAEL
Date of Birth 22119
Place of Birth Sao Paulo, BRA
Profession Graduated in Business Administration - UFF
Age started sailing 7
First boat sailed Penguin
Age started racing 14
First boat raced Snipe
What inspired you to take up sailing? Family tradition
How did you buy your first boat? Grandpa
Which was your first sailing club? Rio Yacht Club
First Event competed in and Year Snipe Brazilian Championship in 1975
First Event won and Year Snipe Junior Brazilian Championship in 1977
Principle achievements Olympics
Principle achievements Gold - Star 1996, Savannah
Principle achievements Silver - Soling 1984, Los Angeles
Principle achievements Bronze - Star 1988, Pusan
Principle achievements Bronze - Star 2000, Sydney
Principle achievements
Principle achievements Winner Louis Vuitton 2000
Principle achievements Star World Champion 1990
Principle achievements Snipe World Champion 1987 1983 and 1978
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Olympic gold medal at Savanah in 1996
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date 4 medals in 5 Games
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Louis Vuitton Cup in 2000
What are your future sailing aspirations? 2004 Athens Olympic Games
What are your future sailing aspirations? Volvo Ocean Race
What are your future sailing aspirations? America's Cup 2007
Briefly state what sailing means to you Family apart, it means everything
Who has had the greatest impact or inspiration in your sailing career and why? My grandfather who gave me my first boat and my uncles who gave me most of my knowledge
What other sports do you participate in outside of sailing? Tennis, Squash, Vollyball, Football and Cycling
Who do you consider to be the greatest sailor in the World and why? Paul ELVSTROM for achieveing so much, being so far ahead of his time
Briefly state what being nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award 2003 means to you it is a great honour to be nominated for the third time
if voted as the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2003, briefly state what this will mean to you it would be a huge satisfaction and it would mean the coronation of 30 years of racing
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