Torben Grael

Torben Schmidt Grael ( born July 22, 1960 in São Paulo) is a Brazilian sailor. The descendant of Danish immigrants is one of the most successful sailors in the present. He sails in different boat classes, preferably with the Soling and Star boat. Previously, he won five Olympic medals and six world titles.


Several family members Graels sailed in international regattas. His uncle Axel and Eric took part in the Olympic Games in 1968 and 1972, four years his younger brother Lars won two Olympic bronze medals in 1988 and 1996. Torben Grael grew up in the city of Niterói and learned to sail in the Guanabara Bay.

He celebrated his first international success in 1978, when he became World Junior Champion in the Snipe class. It was followed by five more world championship titles; 1983 and 1987 with the Snipe, 1990 with the Star boat, 1992 with the Eintonner and 1999 with the 12 - meter boat. In Olympic Games, he won five medals, Olympic champion he was in 1996 and 2004 with the Star boat. In addition, a victory at the Pan American Games and the North American Championships in the Soling class and five victories in the South American and the European Championships with the Star boat. In many successes Marcelo Ferreira was his sailing partner.

As a tactician aboard the Luna Rossa Grael wore in 2000 crucial to Italy's victory in the Louis Vuitton Cup in. In the next America's Cup team, however, clearly defeated the US-led Peter Blake Team New Zealand. As skipper of the boat Brasil 1 he took the 2005/ 06 part of the Volvo Ocean Race and was third. In 2007, he announced not to participate at the Summer Olympic Games in 2008 and instead with the team Ericsson 4 on the Volvo Ocean Race prepare 2008/ 09. Graels team won the overall rating of this race.


Olympic games

World Championships

Other successes

  • Winner Volvo Ocean Race 2008/ 09 with Ericsson 4
  • Winner Louis Vuitton Cup 2000
  • Third Volvo Ocean Race 2005 /06
  • European Champions Star boat: 1989, 1990, 1991, 2001, 2003
  • Master Soling North America: 1981
  • South American champions Starboot: 1991, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2004
  • Mediterranean masterpiece Soling: 1984
  • 35 Brazilian championship title