He won two Olympic medals in the Tornado Class (bronze in Seoul 88 and Atlanta 96), very young, he became World Champion in the Snipe Class, and several times South American and National Sailing Champion in Olympic and Pan-American classes. While competing, he lost his right leg in a serious accident in September 1998. He participated in the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Olympics as technical coordinator of the Brazilian sailing team. He became a Sailing Consultant, participating in several victorious campaigns such as ON WHITE and BRAZIL 1 at the VOLVO OCEAN RACE. He returned to sail in the traditional and disputed Star Class, competed for the Olympic spot for London 2008, and lost by one point to the duo Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada, who won the bronze medal. In August 2009, he won the Bronze Medal at the STAR CLASS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP in Varberg, Sweden.
In 2015, competing in Argentina, he reached the long-dreamed-of STAR CLASS WORLD TITLE, alongside pro prowler Samuel Gonçalves, and vice in 2017. He did:
Champion of the Centennial Cup Class12m in 2007 skippering ON WHITE
World Champion of the Star Class in duo with Samuel Gonçalves in Argentina in 2015 and Vice-Champion in 2017.
Two-time winner of the traditional Bacardi Cup in Miami, an unprecedented feat among Brazilian boats.
Two-time Western Hemisphere Champion of the Star Class in the USA in 2014 and 2018.
He was National Secretary of Sports between 2001 and 2002, and Secretary of Youth, Sports and Leisure of the State of SP from 2003 to 2006. He served as LIGHT’s Public Relations Superintendent between 2007 and 2008, Superintendent of the Brazilian Confederation of Clubs, member of the Golden Team of commentators of Globo in the 2016 Olympics and
Sports Consultant for Grupo Globo (July 2018 to July 2020). He is president of LIDE Esportes, and a member of Atletas pelo Brasil.
Absolute winner of the Marcas de Confiança (Trusted Brands) survey, carried out by Seleções magazine in partnership with Ibope, with 92% of the votes in the “trusted sportsman” category (2009).
He has dedicated himself to the social cause through sports since 1998, when he founded the Rumo Náutico Institute (Grael Project), which has helped more than 16,000 young people through sailing and other nautical activities.
He is one of the best-rated speakers in Brazil, and has given talks to more than 750 companies and institutions on overcoming, team spirit, planning, accident prevention, and sports policy, among others. Bilingual, was a speaker at the Brazil Conference HARVARD/MIT.
Consultancy for buying a sailboat / how to assemble a crew for a fun, maybe even victorious, competition