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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

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.

Other Links
 Notice of Race
 Hansa Klasse Nederland
 2016 Hansa Worlds in Holland

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.

Other Links
 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.

Other Links
 AHCA Website
 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.........

Other Links
 Notice of Race
 NoR Amendment
 Entry Form (PDF)
 Entry Form (Word)
 Charter Boat Information
 Accommodation Information
 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. 

Other Links
 Event Website
 SKUD 18 Results