Challengers & Satellites


  Porto Santo  2005  Challenger
08.09.2005 -  10.09.2005

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The peaceful island of Porto Santo is located 46 km northeast of Madeira and is an idyllic Atlantic hideaway with a 9-km stretch of golden, sandy beaches.

Two mountains mark each end of the island which was, in fact, the first landfall of the discoverer João Gonçalves Zarco, who named it Porto Santo (Holy Port) in gratitude for being blown there during a storm in 1418.

Since 1991,
the Madeira Volleyball Association has been organizing Beach Volleyball tournaments on this lovely island and in 2001 and in 2002 were played the very first FIVB Beach Volleyball Exhibition tournaments featuring Sinjin Smith, Ricardo, Loiola, Blanton, Fonoimoana, Baracetti, Conde, among many other players.

In 2003 a women’s FIVB Exhibition tournament took place with participation from grand women athletes such as Cook, Sanderson, Shaylin, Renata, the Yanchulova sisters, Maxwell and Lassard. And last year the island of Porto Santo had the pleasure of hosting the 2004 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships U-21, presented by Swatch.

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