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10 Apr 2015 Hansa 303 and Liberty to sail again in Belgium - BEL
7 Apr 2015 Three States share the trophies at Australian Championships - AUS
6 Apr 2015 Symonds, Hamilton & Thorpe lead Australian Hansa Championships - AUS
24 Feb 2015 Inaugural Dutch Hansa Class Championships - NED
4 Feb 2015 IHCA communication with IPC about Paralympic Sailing
3 Feb 2015 Hansa Class Events in Australasia - AUS / NZL
5 Sep 2014 2015 European Hansa Class Championships - GBR
1 Feb 2015 Fitzgibbon & Tesch win ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami in SKUD 18 - USA
 

Hansa 303 and Liberty to sail again in Belgium - BEL


Flanders Sailability Cup at Mol
Photograph:Sailability Vlaanderen
David Staley, Friday, 10 April 2015

The Notice of Race for the second Flanders Sailability Cup has been released by Sailability Vlaanderen.

The regatta is for the Hansa 303 and Liberty classes and will be sailed on the Zilvermeerhaven “Port Aventura”, in Mol, Belgium from May 23-25.

 

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Three States share the trophies at Australian Championships - AUS


2015 Australian Championships in Hobart, Tasmania
Photograph:Sam Tiedemann Photography
Shauna Phillips - AHCA, Derwent Sailing Squadron, Tuesday, 7 April 2015

The 2015 Australian Hansa Class Championships have wound in Hobart, Tasmania.

Competitors in the four divisions – Hansa 2.3, Hansa 303 singles and doubles and Liberty, completed 8 races across the Easter break in mainly light winds.

On the final day of competition, better winds prevailed as the morning fleets of 303 singles and Liberties took to the course.

In the 303 singles, Chris Symonds held a commanding overnight lead heading into the last 3 races and whilst he didn’t win a race on the final day, his results from the first two days of competition were enough to secure him the title.  South Australia’s Kenneth Hibbert picked up two victories on the final day to cement outright second place overall. Wynyard’s Michael Darby also claimed victory in one of the final day’s races, and that was enough to secure him overall third position on a countback from Victoria’s Bruce James.

In the Liberties, South Australia’s Bob Schahinger enjoyed the stronger winds and took 3 bullets to move him from third place overnight to claim overall victory from fellow South Australian Jocelyn Neumueller. NSW sailor Bob Hamilton took third place by a point from Victoria’s Cadeyrn Gaskin.

In the afternoon session, only two races were required for the Hansa 2.3 division to complete their regatta. Overnight leader, Victoria’s Mark Thorpe, couldn’t hold off the reigning Australian Champion – ACT sailor Allister Peek - who won both races to reclaim the National title by one point from Thorpe. Launceston sailor Rob Eadie took out third place in front of NSW sailor Melissa Nelson.

As with the 303 singles, Wynyard’s Chris Symonds held a commanding overnight lead in the 303 doubles, where he teamed up with Neal Rodwell. Winning one of the remaining races saw them take home the National 303 doubles title for the second consecutive year. Victoria’s Bruce James and Christine Elliott were sailing in the doubles for the first time together and their pairing saw them take out second place by a point from South Australia’s Paul Linden and Kenneth Hibbert.

At the presentation, several perpetual trophies were presented. In the President’s Trophy – a ‘traveller trophy’, where points are awarded for attending and placing in State championships – South Australia’s Bob Schahinger was the winner on 11 points, overtaking the NSW pair of Colin & Brad Alderton on 8 points. Schahinger, sailing the Liberty, had placed in the South Australian and Victorian State Championships and, with his victory in that division at the Nationals, scored enough points to overtake the Aldertons, who scored points in the ACT, NSW and SA Championships. Another SA sailor – Jocelyn Neumueller – was in third place on 7 points.

Chris Symonds was awarded the Hans Hill trophy for his work in making this regatta such a success and Australian Hansa Class Association President Russell Phillips presented Derwent Sailing Squadron Commodore Ron Bugg with a burgee celebrating the National Championships.

The AHCA would like to thank Commodore Ron Bugg, Manager Shaun Tiedemann, Sailing Manager Michael Denney and Functions Manager Tracey Lord and her team for hosting our Nationals at Derwent Sailing Squadron. Thanks to Sam Tiedemann Photography for the great shots from across the regatta.  We are also grateful to the Tasmanian Government for their support of this event.

Full results can be found on the Derwent Sailing Squadron website – www.dssinc.org.au

For further information refer to the event websites – www.dssinc.org.au and AHCA – http://www.ahca.sportingpulse.net

 

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 Final Results


2015 Australian Hansa Class Championships Final Day

2015 Australian Hansa Class Championships Final Day

2015 Australian Hansa Class Championships Final Day

2015 Australian Hansa Class Championships Final Day
 

Symonds, Hamilton & Thorpe lead Australian Hansa Championships - AUS


Chris Symonds leads the Hansa 303 single person and two person divisions after two days
Shauna Phillips - AHCA, Derwent Sailing Squadron, Monday, 6 April 2015

Showers and light, inconsistent winds frustrated competitors and race officials on Day 2 of the Australian Hansa Class Championships

The Hansa 2.3 fleet and the 303 Doubles were the first sailors on the water in the morning session with both divisions completing 3 races.

In the Doubles, Wynyard sailors Chris Symonds and Neal Rodwell continued their good form to take the first two races, however they failed to make it a perfect scorecard for the regatta, coming third in the last race behind Victoria’s Bruce James and Christine Elliott and South Australia’s Paul Linden and Kenneth Hibbert. The Wynyard pair’s dominance on the first day puts them 6 points clear of the Victorians, with the South Australian pair a clear third.

In the 2.3 division, there was a change to the leaderboard, with overnight leader Allister Peek having to settle for two seconds and a third in the day’s three races, dropping him into second place overall. Winning the first two races of the day, Victoria’s Mark Thorpe now holds a one point lead over the Canberran. Launceston’s Rob Eadie – who notched up his second win for the regatta by taking out the last race – is a further two points behind in third place.

By the afternoon session, the wind had lightened further, causing postponements and frustration for those on the course, and allowing only the completion of two races.

In the Hansa 303 singles, it was again Chris Symonds on top of the leaderboard. Symonds took out both the day’s races from Victoria’s Bruce James with South Australia’s Kenneth Hibbert and another Wynyard sailor, Michael Darby, tied for third place.

The Liberty division is looking very close, with many experienced campaigners in the fleet. NSW sailor Bob Hamilton has taken the lead by 1 point from South Australia’s Jocelyn Neumueller, who scored two bullets today to move her into second place, tied with fellow South Australian Bob Schahinger.

Competitors will be hoping for better winds on the final day of competition.

Day 1 Report

 

The first day of racing has been completed at the 2015 Australian Hansa Class National Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron.

Following rigging and a practice race on Friday, the regatta was officially opened on Friday night by the Speaker of the Tasmanian House of Assembly - The Hon Elise Archer MP.  Ms Archer, representing the Premier & Minister for Sport, welcomed competitors to Tasmania from around Australia and praised the Class Association for the open and inclusive nature of the regatta. Chris Symonds - Acting President of Sailability Tasmania - and Russell Phillips - President of the Australian Hansa Class Association - also welcomed the competitors, before race officer Gilbert Leitch gave the competitors a final briefing.

The first day of racing was started in light conditions, with competitors in the Hansa 303 singles and Liberty divisions first to take to the course. With 19 entrants, the 303 singles is the largest fleet in the regatta with several competitors later picking up a crew to also sail in the 303 doubles races.

Wynyard Yacht Club’s Chris Symonds showed why he is the reigning Australian Hansa 303 singles champion, by taking out all three of the today’s races to take a solid lead over fellow Wynyard sailor Michael Darby, with South Australia’s Kenneth Hibbert one point behind in third place.

Results were much closer in the Liberty fleet, with victories in the three races shared between three different competitors. Victoria’s Cadeyrn Gaskin won the first race from South Australia’s Bob Schahinger with Alyse Saxby from NSW in third. Schahinger then took the second race from fellow South Australian Jocelyn Neumueller and Victoria’s Krista Bailey then Bob Hamilton from NSW took out the last race of the day from Victorian pair Russell Phillips and Cadeyrn Gaskin. Bob Schahinger leads Gaskin by one point at the end of the first day’s racing.

Following a short break for lunch and crew changes, the Hansa 2.3 and 303 Doubles fleets took to the course. Launceston sailor Rob Eadie took out the first race of the day from the reigning Australian 2.3 Champion, Allister Peek from the ACT, who came back to win the remaining two races. Victoria’s Mark Thorpe sailed consistently across the day for second place in all three races, leaving Peek one point in front of Thorpe with Eadie a point further back in third place at the end of racing.

In the Hansa 303 Doubles division it was again Wynyard Yacht Club’s Chris Symonds leading the pack. Teaming up with Neal Rodwell, the pair took three bullets to put them four points clear of South Australian pair Paul Linden and Kenneth Hibbert with another SA team of Patricia Faulkner and David Smallacombe in third place.

More light winds are forecast for the second day of racing.

More Information...

Full results can be found on the Derwent Sailing Squadron website – www.dssinc.org.au

For further information refer to the event websites – www.dssinc.org.au and AHCA – http://www.ahca.sportingpulse.net

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2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron
 

Inaugural Dutch Hansa Class Championships - NED

David Staley, Tuesday, 24 February 2015

The Inaugural Open Dutch Hansa Class Championship will be held in June.

Organized by the Dutch Hansa Class Association (Hansa Klasse Nederland) in conjunction with the Royal Netherlands Watersports Association (RNWA), the championships will be held from 12 to 14 June in Zeewolde.  The Hansa 2.3, Hansa 303 and Liberty classes are invited.

This is the first time a National Championships has been conducted for the Hansa classes in Holland and the event comes just a year ahead of the 2016 Combined World & International Championships being held in Medemblik.

The Notice of Race for the Dutch Championships can be downloaded below.

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Liberty racing in the Netherlands

Vera Voorbach (NED) will sail full servo at the 2012 Worlds in Sydney
 

IHCA communication with IPC about Paralympic Sailing

IHCA, Wednesday, 4 February 2015

On February 3, 2015, IHCA President Brendan Tourelle wrote to President Sir Philip Craven and members of the International Paralympic Committee Governing Board about their recent decision to omit sailing from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Sports program.

While pointing out this will have a devastating impact on current and aspiring Paralympic sailor, he also noted the negative effects on national programs for sailors with disabilities that will have a flow-on impacts at a provincial and local level.

He noted that Hansa class boats (the Hansa 2.3, Hansa 303, Liberty & SKUD 18) are actively sailed in 32 nations across 4 IPC regions, and that the global distribution of the Hansa classes alone appears to satisfy the IPC Handbook's requirements for individual and team sports.

President Tourelle requested that IPC urgently review its decision and reinstate sailing within the 2020 sports program, however it appears that IPC are not inclined to review the decision.

Sir Philip Craven responded within just a few hours, saying, “While we understand your disappointment, we would like to assure you that in reaching its decision, the IPC undertook the most rigorous and comprehensive review of the Paralympic sports programme to date”.

Additional information was offered to help answer some of the issues and questions raised in President Tourelle’s letter.

“Although this news may come as a shock to IHCA and its members, you will find from the information below that IFDS were made aware as early as September 2014 the concerns we had with regards to their application”, said Sir Philip..

“The submissions provided by both Sailing and Football 7-a-side failed to alleviate the concerns that both sports are currently not widely and regularly practised in the minimum number of countries as required by the IPC Handbook”.

“Both sports also display a number of other deficits which, in summary, prompted the Board to not include them in the 2020 Games. The decision taken in Abu Dhabi is final…”, he said.

He closed by suggesting that sailing “regroup, reform, rejuvenate and return” with an improved proposition when the IPC launch the next review cycle in 2018 for the 2024 Games.

View both letters below.

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 IHCA Letter to IPC
 IPC Letter to IHCA

 

Hansa Class Events in Australasia - AUS / NZL

David Staley, Tuesday, 3 February 2015

There are a large number of events scheduled in Australia and New Zealand over this southern hemisphere summer.....

AUS Nationals

The 2015 Australian Championships will being held at the Derwent Sailing Squadron in Hobart, Tasmania.  The NOR is now available and online entry open. More information on the regatta page, here.

Invited classes are the 2.3, 303, Liberty and SKUD18. A limited number of boats are available for charter and a container is being arranged to transport boats from Melbourne.

Those planning on towing a trailer and crossing on the Spirit of Tasmania are urged to book their car & trailer onto the ferry ASAP to ensure passage, and get their accommodation in Hobart booked too.

AUS State Events

The New South Wales Championships will take place at Gosford Sailing Club on February 21st & 22nd. Invited Classes will be the 2.3, 303 singles and doubles, Liberty and SKUD18. Entries close Friday 14th February and late entries will not be accepted. The NOR and online entry is now available on the regatta page, here.

The WA Championships will be held at Royal Perth Yacht Club on February 7th & 8th and entry is direct to the Yacht Club. More information on the regatta page, here.

The NOR and online entry for the Victorian Championships is now available here.  The event will be held at the Royal Brighton Yacht Club in Melbourne on March 21 & 22, two weeks before the Nationals. Invited Classes will be the 2.3, 303 singles and doubles, Liberty and SKUD18

The SA Championships were held at Adelaide Sailing Club on 31st January.

For more information, visit www.ahca.yachting.org.au

NZL Events

Sail Auckland will be held at Royal Akarana Yacht Club from February 25th to March 1st.  Early entry is open until 13th February, after which a late fee will be charged. Classes sailed will the 303 doubles, Liberty and SKUD18. More details available here.

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 NZHCA Facebook Page

 

2015 European Hansa Class Championships - GBR

David Staley, Friday, 5 September 2014

The UK Hansa Class, in conjunction with the Rutland Sailing Club (UK) and Rutland Sailability, are organising the Bruce Wake 2015 European Hansa Class Championships.  The Notice of Race has been released and entry is now open. Sailors wishing to charter boats are asked to complete the charter form. A list of accommodation is also available.

The championship will be held at Rutland Sailing Club, Edith Weston, Rutland, UK.  Many of you will remember that this was the venue for the very successful Access Class World Championships in 2010.

Entry is open until 1st June, after which a late fee of 50 Euros is payable.

For more information, visit the links below.........

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 NoR Amendment
 Entry Form (PDF)
 Entry Form (Word)
 Charter Boat Information
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 Rutland Sailing Club
 UK Hansa Class Association


Rutland Sailing Club - host to the 2010 Access Worlds

Liberties at the 2010 Access Worlds

Pre-race in the rigging area - Access 2010 Worlds

SKUD 18s add some colour to an overcast day in Rutland

Start of the Liberty practice race - Chris Cook (AUS) led start to finish

A busy Rutland Sailing Club dock ahead of the practice race

303 two-person start for the practice race

2.3s get away for the practice race on Rutland Water
 

Fitzgibbon & Tesch win ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami in SKUD 18 - USA


ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 2015
Photograph:Cora Zillich
David Staley, Sunday, 1 February 2015

London 2012 Paralympic gold medallists Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch (AUS) have taken a win in the SKUD 18 at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Miami on Friday 30 January

The Paralympic events came to a light wind conclusion in Miami with no racing possible on the last day. Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch made it two ISAF Sailing World Cup SKUD18 victories in a row in Miami. The pair won the Melbourne edition in December and facing new foes, they claimed another scalp. 

Fitzgibbon and Tesch put in a strong performance in Miami after the week had started out with a bit of bad luck for the pair when they missed a race due to technical issues with Fitzgibbon’s seat set-up. But already on day two they took the lead and never handed it back winning with a four-point advantage over their closest rivals Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell from Great Britain. 

'The start of our week was a bit up and down. We started with a bullet and then suffered some gear failure with my canting seat' Fitzgibbon explained. 'The next two days followed this trend with a good and not so good race, but we got in a couple race wins over the last couple of days. For the upcoming events we will be aiming for a bit more consistency but it’s great to take home another win.' 

The Sailing World Cup Miami on Biscayne Bay saw world-class fields in ten Olympic and three Paralympic events including 599 boats and featuring 768 sailors from 63 countries. 

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 SKUD 18 Results

 

 
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