Angola Cables107

Competing in the Atlantic Cup for the very first time Brazilian Skipper Leonardo and his Angolan co-skipper José join the fleet having recently raced in the Transat Jacques Vabre! Backed by Angolan telecoms company Angola Cables this international team have sailed thousands of miles together on a fast boat. #107 is the sister ship both Oakcliff and Privateer providing us with a race inside a race! 

  • Boat Name: Mussulo 40 
  • Port of Registry: BVI – Tortola
  • Builder: Cookson Boats – New Zealand
  • Designer: Farr Yacht Design
  • Year Launched: 2011
  • Source of Energy Production: Fuel Cell 

Leonardo Chicourel

Age: 34

Where did you grow up: On a farm in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil 

Describe yourself in one word: Apprentice 

Number of Transatlantic crossings: 3 with crew and 2 double-handed

 

José Guilherme Caldas

Age: 57 

Where did you grow up: In Luanda, Angola, where I learned to sail. When I was 15 I moved to Brazil because of a civil war in my country and began sailing Snipes.

Describe yourself in one word: Resilient 

Number of Transatlantic crossings: 6 with crew; 1 single-handed and 2 double-handed

Do you have any hidden talents? I like to cook! 

 

Leonardo Chicourel

How old are you?

34 years old

Where did you grow up?

On a farm in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil until I was 6 years old

Did you go to University? If so, where?

Yes, I began doing Architecture but I didn’t finish the course.

Describe yourself in one word.

APPRENTICE

Did you or do you play any other competitive sports?

Yes. When I was younger, Go-Karting and now I’m learning to kite surf.

Are you single, in a relationship or married? Do you have any children 

Single without children

Environment & Kids

The Atlantic Cup has a big sustainability message in that the event organizers try to run the race with as little impact on the planet as possible. What does taking care of the planet mean to you?

It means taking care of everything…

If you had to convince someone to do their part in protecting our oceans, what would you say to them?

If you are protecting the oceans, you are protecting life!

Our theme this year is #AtCup1Thing where we want fans to commit to doing one thing for the planet. What’s the one thing you do to protect the planet or our oceans?

I try to educate people to preserve nature.

The Atlantic Cup also has a robust Kids program, where we teach kids about offshore racing, geography and protecting the planet. We also ask the Kids pick their favorite team. Tell us why Atlantic Cup Kids should vote for your team.

We are from Africa and Brazil and we need a lot of support to bring the message of the race to our countries.        

Sailing Information

What makes you tough enough to race in the Atlantic Cup?

We have a lot of nautical miles in offshore racing.  We are well prepared!!

What do you think about the leg from New York to Portland?

Very hard!!!

How old were you when you first went sailing?

19 years old

How did you get into competitive sailing?

I started in OPTIMIST’s and was a crew member on offshore boats.

Describe sailing to you in one word.

LIFE

In what way are you superstitious before a race?

I’m from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil and I’m very superstitious.

Number of transatlantic crossings under sail:

3 with crew; 2 double-hand

Please list some of your sailing career highlights 

My CV:

– Professional Skipper since 2007. 

– 80.000 NM offshore – Delivery, Races and Cruises

Most important races offshore:

  • Cape 2 Rio 2014 – Bavaria 55 – 6th place
  • REFENO (Recife – Fernando Noronha) – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015 – 1st Place in all of them in several classes – Multi Hull, Mono Hull (ORC, IRC)

Most important races offshore – Double Hand:

  • RORC CARIBEAN 600 – Double Hand – Class 40 – 2015 – 5th place
  • ILHABELA SAILING WEEK – Double Hand – IRC – 2015 – 3rd
  • Cape 2 Rio 2017 – Double Hand – IRC – 2017 – 1st – record of this race in double hand (16 days)
  • TRANSAT JACQUES VABRE 2017 – Double Hand–Class 40 – 11th place

What is one of your goals for your sailing career?

Learn more and more

What is your 2018 race schedule?

Only the Atlantic Cup. We will compete in the Brazilian offshore circuit but on a different boat afterwards. 

How did you meet your co-skipper?

The owner of the boat (Jose) is my co-skipper. I met him whilst delivering his cruising boat. 

What are the strengths of your co-skipper?

He is a resilient guy and always finishes the projects he takes on.

What are your sailing strengths?

I’m a good trimmer and also good with the helm.

What do you like most about being offshore?

 Being offshore is ALWAYS a pleasure

What makes you and your co-skipper a good team?

We complete each other.

What do you see is your biggest challenge in this race?

We are relatively new in Class 40 and we are learning. Our challenge is to finish the race by doing things correctly.          

How do you rate your chances in the Atlantic Cup? Who do you think is the favorite?

Any boat of the new generation can win the race.

Is it true that if you sleep on the offshore legs you’ll lose?

If you sleep too much, yes…

Because of the limited number of sails you’re allowed to carry how does sail preservation and damage figure in your strategy?

We try to preserve the sails as much as possible!! They are the motor of the boat.

 

José Guilherme Caldas

How old are you?

57 years old

Where did you grow up?

In Luanda, Angola, where I learned to sail. When I was 15 I moved to Brazil because of a civil war in my country and began sailing Snipes.

Did you go to University? If so, where?

Yes, I’m a medical doctor, I have a PhD in Interventional Neuroradiology, and I am a Professor at the University of Sao Paulo Brazil.

Describe yourself in one word.

RESILIENT

Did you or do you play any other competitive sports?

Yes. When I was younger, Trail in Motorcycle and I now skydive, but only for fun.

Are you single, in a relationship or married? Do you have any children?

I’m divorced and now I have a girlfriend. I have only one daughter who is now 34 years old and is also a medical doctor. I will not see the birth of my first grandson because he will born during the Atlantic Cup.

Environment & Kids

The Atlantic Cup has a big sustainability message in that the event organizers try to run the race with as little impact on the planet as possible. What does taking care of the planet mean to you?

We are responsible for everything we do on this planet. For me, taking care of the planet signifies taking care of the relationships, taking care of health, taking care of the ethics, taking care to not be racist, taking care to not have prejudices AND taking care of the environment. For me sustainability is all that makes life possible in the future!!

If you had to convince someone to do their part in protecting our oceans, what would you say to them?  

The oceans, like everything in the world are going to finish in the next centuries if we continue to not do our bit! LOOK TO YOURSELF AND TELL ME: ARE YOU DOING YOUR PART?

Our theme this year is #AtCup1Thing where we want fans to commit to doing one thing for the planet. What’s the one thing you do to protect the planet or our oceans?

Everything I do is to protect life so I’m protecting the planet and oceans as a consequence!!!!!

The Atlantic Cup also has a robust Kids program, where we teach kids about offshore racing, geography and protecting the planet. We also ask the Kids to pick their favorite team. Tell us why Atlantic Cup Kids should vote for your team.

We are from Africa and Brazil and we need a lot of support to bring the message of the race to our countries.

Sailing Information

What makes you tough enough to race in the Atlantic Cup?

We have some experience in offshore races, so I think that we are prepared for the challenge!!

How old were you when you first went sailing?

9 years old

How did you get into competitive sailing?

When I was young and until going to university I always competed in little boats in Brazil. After I was established in my work (doctor work!!) I began to make cruisers most of them single-handed. In Brazil short-handed sailing is not popular so we need to go out of the country to compete. One of my dreams was to compete in the Cape2Rio Race. In 2017 we did it in the double-handed division with the Class40. We won and broke the course record! 

Describe sailing to you in one word.

PLEASURE

In what way are you superstitious before a race?

Not at all but Leo who was born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil is very superstitious.

Number of transatlantic crossings under sail:

6 with crew; 1 single-hand; 2 double-hand

Please list some of your sailing career highlights

My CV:

– Offshore sailor since 1988. 

– 65.000 NM offshore – Races and Cruises

Most important races offshore:

  • Cape 2 Rio 2014 – Bavaria 55 – 6th place
  • REFENO (Recife – Fernando Noronha) – 2003, 2005,2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015 – 1st Place in seven editions Mono Hull

Most important races offshore – Double Hand:

  • RORC CARIBEAN 600 – Double Hand – Class 40 – 2015 – 5th place
  • ILHABELA SAILING WEEK – Double Hand – IRC – 2015 – 3rd
  • CAPR 2 RIO 2017 – Double Hand – IRC – 2017 – 1st – record of this race in double hand (16 days)
  • TRANSAT JACQUES VABRE 2017 – Double Hand – Class 40 – 11th place

Most important cruises

Cape Vert – Santos (Brazil) – Bavaria 49 – 2009

Santos (Brazil) – Cape Vert – Bavaria 49 – 2011

Lisbon – Recife (without scales) – Bavaria 55 – 2010 – Single Hand

Santos (Brazil) – Cape Town – 2013

Tahiti – 2015 – double hand

Caribbean Islands – 2010 – double hand

What is one of your goals for your sailing career?

Have a good participation in TJV 2019.

What is your 2018 race schedule?

Only the Atlantic Cup after, the boat will be chartered for the Route of the Rhum.

How did you meet your co-skipper?

I’m the owner of the boat and the co-skipper. Leo is the skipper! He is a professional man of the sailing world and delivered my cruising boat.

What are the strengths of your co-skipper?

Very good trimmer and very good at the helm and a very good companion

What are your sailing strengths?

Strategizing and trying to make everything run smoothly, especially the details.

What do you like most about being offshore?

Integration with the sea and the sense of freedom.

 

What do you like least? 

Absence of wind!!!!

 

What makes you and your co-skipper a good team?

We like to sail together and we have different skills that complete each other

What do you see is your biggest challenge in this race?

We are new in Class 40 and we are learning. Our challenge is to be in front of the other 2 boats that are brothers of our boat.

How do you rate your chances in the Atlantic Cup? Who do you think is the favorite?

The new generation of boats are very quick. I think that among this new generation of boats, anyone can win.

Is it true that if you sleep on the offshore legs you’ll lose?

You have to sleep!!!!!

Because of the limited number of sails you’re allowed to carry how does sail preservation and damage figure in your strategy?

This is a problem!! In the TJV we had an electronic problem and we stopped for 36 hours!! After this we were pushing the boat hard with an A3 and 30 knots of wind and we tore the spinnaker. After this we were handicapped!! We will try to preserve the sails in Atlantic Cup.

Miscellaneous

What is your favorite type of music?

Jazz

What your favorite song?

Imagine

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you, want to meet?

My brothers

What’s your favorite thing to eat when you’re offshore? Least favorite?

Pasta with mushrooms, I hate cereal bars.

What is your favorite type of movie?

Suspense films

What do you do to relax during your free time?

I read, I just think about life or I like to stay with my girl friend.

Do you have any hidden talents?

I like to cook.

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