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Robert SCHEIDT & Bruno PRADA (BRA)

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Robert SCHEIDT and Bruno PRADA from Brazil made a tremendous impact on the Star class during the nomination period. Since confirming their intention to campaign the Star full time early in 2006 - SCHEIDT making the switch from the Laser and PRADA from the Finn - the pair have stormed their way into the fleet and up the ISAF World Sailing Rankings. For this experienced duo the nomination period opened with a silver medal at the 2006 Star World Championships in San Francisco, which also put them at the world #1 position on the rankings, and they have continued to raise the bar ever since.

With the exception of one, they have taken home either a gold or a silver medal at all the graded events they have entered and went to the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cascais as hot favourites. They did not disappoint. With four bullets from the nine race series and only one race finish outside the top four they are worthy champions. The nomination period was wrapped up neatly at the final Qingdao International Regatta with another gold medal.

In addition to the intense training SCHEIDT and PRADA have put in over recent months, SCHEIDT has also found the time to represent his nation at the Pan American Games in the Laser where he picked up the silver medal.

2 - Star World Championship, San Francisco, USA - ISAF Grade W - Oct 2006
1 - Pre-Pan Am Games, Rio de Janeiro, BRA - ISAF Grade 3 - Oct 2006 (Laser)
2 - Star North American Championship, Miami, USA - ISAF Grade C1 - Nov 2006
1 - HRH Princess Sofia Trophy, Palma, ESP - ISAF Grade 2 - Apr 2007
1 - Star Eastern Hemisphere Championship, Mallorca, ESP - ISAF Grade C1 - Apr 2007
8 - Breitling Regatta, Medemblik, NED - ISAF Grade 1 - May 2007
1 - ISAF Sailing World Championships, Cascais, POR - ISAF Grade W - Jul 2007
2 - Pan-Am Games, Rio de Janeiro, BRA - ISAF Grade 3 - Jul 2007 (Laser)
1 - Qingdao International Regatta, Qingdao, CHN - ISAF Grade 2 - Aug 2007

ISAF World Sailing Rankings position at the end of the nomination period (29 August 2007) - #3
ISAF World Sailing Rankings #1 from 4 October 2006 - 7 March 2007

Name Robert SCHEIDT (helm) Bruno PRADA (crew)
Place of birth Sao Paulo Sao Paulo
Date of birth 15 April 1973 31 July 1971
ISAF Sailor ID BRARS4 BRABP1
Profession Athlete Administrator
What inspired you to take up sailing? I sailed with my parents on a lake in Sao Paulo and liked the contact with nature My father did
What was the first boat you sailed and how old were you? My first boat was a wooden third-hand Optimist. I was 9 years old Optimist, 7 years old
How did you buy your first boat and what was it?
My father gave me one Optimist made by wood
Name your first sailing club YCSA - Yacht Club Santo Amaro Yacht Club paulista
What was the first event you competed in and when? My first important event was the Brazilian Optimist Championship in Florianopolis in 1984 Torneio de outono 1980 (optimist)
What was the first event you won and when? My first international win was in Chile 1985 Optimist South American Championship. I finished first for boys under 11 years Taça Avary dos Santos Cruz 1980(optimist)
What are your personal highlights of your career to date?

Laser - two times ISAF Worlds Champion
Laser - eight times Laser Class World Champion
Laser - two times Olympic Gold (Atlanta, Athens)
Laser - Olympic Silver (Sydney)
Star 2007 - Princess Sofia Cup, Palma - Champion
Star 2007 - Easter Hemisphere Championship, Palma - Champion
Star 2007 - ISAF World Championship, Cascais, Portugal - Champion

Worlds 2007 in Portugal
What are your future sailing goals? I am focusing on the Olympic Star Sailing for China and England. Meantime I will start up on America's Cup campaigning. 2008 Olympic Games
Who has had the greatest impact on your sailing career and why? The Olympic Gold medals which opened the chance for my professional sailing. My father and Robert
Who is your sailing h ero? Paul ELVSTRÖM Joerg BRUDER
What other sports do you enjoy? Swimming, tenis mountain biking Bike, swim
What does being nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards mean to you? Being nominated represents the recognition of my total dedication to the sport of sailing Recognition of our hard work
If you were voted as the winner, what would this mean to you? If I were voted as the winner it would be the ultimate recognition of my achievements in the sailing sport. More recognition of our hard work!!


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