Kiel, Germany will host the 2017 Para World Sailing Championships from 19-25 June during the world-renowned Kiel Week 2017. From the desk of Para World Sailing this month we bring you some important updates for the upcoming worlds as well as look forward to the upcoming World Cup Series event in France. In addition, we reflect on the most recent Paralympic Development Program Clinic in Hong Kong.
Thank you to sailors and teams who have registered for the upcoming Para Worlds. To date, 24 sailors have registered to race in the 2.4 Norlin OD, one in the Hansa 303 Female, six in the Hansa 303 Male and one in the SKUD18.
Nineteen countries have registered sailors with two months to go until the first racing day.
Entry remains open for the Para Worlds and the early entry fee deadline is 1 May. Further information on how to register below:
For athletes to compete they must have a valid International Classification under the current World Sailing Functional Classification System.
Classification will be performed at no cost to the athletes before the Championship at the Olympic Sailing Center, Kiel-Schilksee on 19 June from 09:00 to 20:00 and on 20 June from 09:00 to 18:00.
The minimal disability criteria applies to all boats:
2.4 Norlin OD – Open Gender One Person Keelboat – Minimum Disability
Hansa 303 – One Person Keelboat Male – Minimum Disability
Hansa 303 – One Person Keelboat Female – Minimum Disability
Weta Trimaran – Open Gender Two Person Multihull – Minimum Disability
Skud18 – Open Gender Two Person Keelboat – Minimum Disability
World Cup Series Hyères
France's poster boy for Paralympic sailing, Damien Seguin, is the stand out name in the 2.4 Norlin OD field at World Cup Series Hyères as he looks to add yet another medal to his impressive and ever growing collection. With Paralympic stalwart Helena Lucas absent, Great Britain's Will Street will look to step up and take the British fight to the Rio 2016 Paralympic champion.
Also on the start line with Paralympic experience will be Italy's Antonio Squizzato and Austria's Sven Reiger.
Racing begins in Hyères, France on the 23 April. Click here for how to follow information -http://www.sailing.org/news/
Paralympic Development Program
Hong Kong hosted nine sailors and five coaches at World Sailing's first ever Asian Paralympic Development Program (PDP) clinic. The PDP clinics are a vital part of World Sailing's strategy to boost global participation in the sport and regain its Paralympic Games status, and the inaugural Asian event in Hong Kong (7-12 March) was the second such clinic to be held worldwide following on from a four-day camp in Argentina in January.
Read more on the clinic here - http://www.sailing.org/news/
The next PDP clinic will be held in Gydnia (POL) in July just prior to the European Championships, with another in Marseilles (FRA) scheduled for October which will also welcome sailors from North Africa.
You can find more information on Para World Sailing at http://www.sailing.org/
sailors/disabled/index.php and information on the Para World Sailing Strategic Plan can be found athttp://www.sailing.org/news/ 41208.php#.WJH0LLGcb-Y