08 Oct Robert Scheidt, the most successful Olympic classes sailor in the world, will be helming Way of Life during Barcolana
Sailing God, Superman, Myth – these are just some of the terms that can be found in connection with Robert Scheidt, a 47-year-old Brazilian who, you will not believe, will be participating in his 7th Olympic Games next year. In his career he achieved almost everything possible in Olympic sailing classes – 5 Olympic medals (2x gold, 2x silver and 1x bronze), 13 World Championship titles, and was twice chosen as the “World Sailor of the Year”. Scheidt has been faithful to the Laser and Star sailing classes throughout his career, although he also has extensive experience in match racing and the 49er. Because of his charisma, he is a role model for many generations of young sailors.
He never competed against Gašper Vinčec, an Olympian and skipper of Way of Life, as Vinčec competed in the Finn class, but they often socialized during the sailing events. “Robert Scheidt is synonymous with Olympic sailing, he has an amazing sense of helming a yacht or dinghy, so I took the initiative to join us as a helmsman at this year’s Barcolana. He has not participated in it yet, so he accepted the challenge, and before the regatta on Sunday he will join us in trainings,” said Gašper Vinčec. “Most likely, we will share the helm, depending on the situation on the regatta field, but in any case, I completely trust him and the entire, 24-member crew, which will do its best to defend last year’s victory.”
The Brazilian, who currently lives nearby Lake Garda in Italy, stated “that he knows Barcolana very well, respects its tradition and is looking forward to racing, and thanked Gašper Vinčec for the invitation to join the EWOL Sailing Team”.
You may find Robert Scheidt’s video statement at https://ewol.eu/robert-scheidt-quote/.