14 Questions to … Bernardo Peixoto
Bernardo Peixoto, junior sailor from Bahia, finished second at the recent Brazilian Nationals.
– 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?
I’ve been on a sailboat since I was 6 months on board of our family boat.
– 2) Your first time on a Snipe?
I’ve started on Optimist at 12, and since have sailed on 29er, ILCA 5 and ILCA 6, 420, Lightining, 470, Ocean class, and racing Snipe for the last 8 months. I’ve sailed with Mateus Tavares once 4 years ago.
– 3) The most bizarre thing that happened in a regatta?
The most bizarre thing was having to win the regatta to qualify for the 420 youth world championship and I started taking the yellow flag for pumping and I was at the first mark in last place. But the RC allowed pumping for the downwind leg, so we started planing from last to second and then upwind, we went to first, winning the regatta and qualifying for the youth world.
– 4) What is the thing that most angers you in a race/regatta?
During the race I just keep calm in any situation. After words I get angry with strategy or tactical mistakes I’ve done during the race, because I charge myself a lot about it.
– 5) Which is the race/regatta that you remember with the most pleasure?
The last race of the 420 South American, in which we competed with 3 other teams for the title. It was a very light and shift wind, we started badly and did the entire race recovering. With a great pleasure we ended up as champions.
– 6) And the race/regatta you would like to forget?
My first race with my current teammate in Snipe, we had a protest and when we did the 720, the rudder released and I fell into the water.
– 7) Your “dream in the peak”? (Your sailing dream?)
I really want to participate at the Olympic Games, and pursue a career as an athlete, living off my sport. Sailing is what I most enjoy doing in life.
– 8) Sailing goals for 2022, and beyond?
In 2022 I’m in this Snipe campaign, aiming for the Junior World of the class in july. I’m going to open world too, but without pressure, aiming for good results. For the near future, I plan to qualify for the 2023 Pan American Games.
– 9) The most important people for you in sailing and in the Snipe?
My teammate is the most important guy to me. Talking about Who I am inspired by, my grandfather always loved sailing and taught me to love it too, my great example in life. In Snipe class, Mateus Tavares is one of the people I seek to inspire myself, above any title (World Champion) He is a great example of focus and discipline for an athlete.
– 10) Why the Snipe?
The main factor for me to be sailing in Snipe is the great competitiveness of the Class here in Brazil, great names in Brazilian sailing have been or are in the Class. Currently the Class in Brazil has a lot to thank our Snipe builder, Lemão, who undoubtedly keeps the Class full of competitive boats.
– 11) Your perfect sailing venue and your perfect sailing conditions?
Salvador, Bahia, without a doubt the Bay of All Saints, has the best sailing conditions, it is envy to be able to sail on a cold front with a lot of wind, huge waves, just wearing a shorts and a UV shirt, maybe it is the definition of perfection.
– 12) Besides sailing which other sport do you practice?
I like to practice different sports, rowing, biking, skateboarding, etc. But what I go to most often is surfing.
– 13) Are you superstitious?
I’m not superstitious
– 14) Your perfect holiday?
Most of my holidays are sailing or racing, but when not, it needs to involve being close to the sea.