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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 Shocking news for Paralympic Sailing
1 Feb 2015 Fitzgibbon & Tesch win ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami in SKUD 18 - USA
15 Dec 2014 Final day for SKUD 18s and Liberties at the ISAF Sailing World Cup - Sail Melbourne - AUS
24 Nov 2014 2016 Hansa Class Worlds to be held in Medemblik - NED

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

Shocking news for Paralympic Sailing

ISAF Website, Sunday, 1 February 2015

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced the 22 sports that will be on the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games programme, the list does not include sailing.

ISAF is extremely disappointed to receive this news from the International Paralympic Committee. Sailing adds a unique element to Paralympic sport through open events that include athletes with a broad range of disabilities. At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, 23 nations from four continents were represented across the three Paralympic events. Every effort will be made to reinstate sailing to the Paralympic Games.

The IPC Governing Board approved a six sports for inclusion in the Games on Saturday 31 January, adding to the 16 sports that were ratified and announced after its meeting in October 2014. A maximum of 23 sports could have been included for 2020.

The 22 sports that will be included in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games are: athletics, archery, badminton, boccia, canoe, cycling, equestrian, football 5-a-side, goalball, judo, powerlifting, rowing, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, triathlon, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair fencing, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.

The two sports not included in Tokyo 2020 are football 7-a-side and sailing.

Sir Philip Craven, IPC President, said, "I would like to thank all 24 sports for applying for inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and pass on my congratulations to the 22 sports that have been approved by the IPC Governing Board. In particular, I'd like to pay testament to the sports of badminton and taekwondo for the work they have undertaken in securing their place at a Paralympic Games for the first time.

"To reach this decision, the IPC undertook the most extensive and rigorous review process ever of all the sports which started in November 2013.

"All were assessed against the same criteria and our aim all along has been to ensure that the final Tokyo 2020 Paralympic sports programme is fresh and features the best para-sports possible.

"The Board's final decision was not an easy one and, after much debate, we decided not to include two sports - football 7-a-side and sailing - from the Tokyo 2020 programme for the same reason. Both did not fulfil the IPC Handbook's minimum criteria for worldwide reach

The IPC Handbook states only team sports widely and regularly practised in a minimum of 24 countries and three IPC regions will be considered for inclusion in the Paralympic Games and for individual sports a minimum of 32 countries in three IPC regions.

Sir Philip Craven added, "Although the IPC Governing Board approved the inclusion of cycling, it did express serious reservations regarding the sustainability of the track cycling discipline.

"While a decision on the Tokyo 2020 medal events programme will not be made until 2017, the Board encourages the UCI to work towards increasing both the number of high-performance track cyclists and the number of opportunities for them to compete at an international level

Twenty four sports were eligible to apply for inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Following the submission of applications from the eligible sports, the IPC management team undertook a rigorous assessment of all applications. Sports were assessed for worldwide participation in terms of countries and continents, where the sport is regularly practiced, quadrennial competition programme, athlete classification, anti-doping programme, rules and regulations, and initiatives undertaken to make their sport more attractive.

On completion of the review process, the IPC management team made recommendations to the IPC Governing Board ahead of their October 2014 meeting in Berlin, Germany, where 16 sports were approved for inclusion.

The eight sports that were not approved at October's meeting were asked to provide additional information to the IPC addressing issues identified in their applications. This information was reviewed and a further analysis provided to the IPC Governing Board ahead of this week's meeting.

The IPC Governing Board then decided which of the eight remaining sports should be included in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games which will be held from 25 August - 6 September 2020.


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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


Final day for SKUD 18s and Liberties at the ISAF Sailing World Cup - Sail Melbourne - AUS

SKUD 18 Winners Podium at Sail Melbourne 2014
David Staley, Monday, 15 December 2014

SKUD 18 and Liberty racing in the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup - Sail Melbourne has been completed.

The weather finally warmed up but produced a strong northerly wind which saw races for earlier fleets held shore. The Liberties and SKUD's headed out to the course at their scheduled time, with winds gusting around 27 knots. By the end of the racing, in a typical Melbourne weather pattern, the wind had dropped away to nothing, leaving several other fleets unable to complete their medal races.

The results for the Liberty and SKUD18 fleets were not really in doubt, with Stewart Cathie (AUS) holding a commanding lead going into the final day's two Liberty races. Stewart again won the day's two races, giving him an impressive scorecard of 8 wins from the 10 races in a variety of conditions.

Western Australia's Genevieve Wickham sailed consistently across the week to take second place by 4 points from NSW sailor, Lachlan Clear. 

Full results for the Liberty field are available here.

Similarly in the SKUD18 fleet, AUS pair Dan Fitzgibbon & Liesl Tesch dominated the fleet and, like Stewart, picked up the day's final two races, to convincingly win the regatta. NZL Paralympic hopefuls Dempsey and Fletcher won on a countback from another AUS team - Barnbrook and Pearce, after the Aussie pair retired after finishing race 9. The SIN team of Tan & Lim, long-time supporters of the Sail Melbourne regatta, finished in 4th.

Full results for the SKUD18 fleet are available here.

Canadian sailor, Tracy Schmitt, sailing in her first SKUD18 regatta, was a featured story on the Sail Melbourne website - you can read the story here.

This year's Sail Melbourne regatta has seen sailors in the Liberty & SKUD18 from Australia, Canada, UK, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore.

The Sailing World Cup for the Paralympic Classes at Sail Melbourne 2015 will be held at the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria in Williamstown in December following the 2015 IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships in late November.  The Liberties will most likely sail at Sandringham Yacht Club with the Olympic and Invited Classes.


Other Links
 Sail Melbourne Website
 SKUD 18 Results
 Liberty Results
 2015 IFDS Worlds Website

ISAF Sailing World Cup - Sail Melbourne 2014

ISAF Sailing World Cup - Sail Melbourne 2014

ISAF Sailing World Cup - Sail Melbourne 2014

ISAF Sailing World Cup - Sail Melbourne 2014

ISAF Sailing World Cup - Sail Melbourne 2014

ISAF Sailing World Cup - Sail Melbourne 2014

ISAF Sailing World Cup - Sail Melbourne 2014

2016 Hansa Class Worlds to be held in Medemblik - NED

David Staley, Monday, 24 November 2014

The International Hansa Class Association has announced that the 2016 Hansa Class Combined World & International Championships will be held in the Netherlands.

The 2014 Annual General Meeting of the National Hansa Class Associations referred the decision to its new IHCA Committee where there was strong support for the Medemblik venue.

“The regatta centre at Medemblik is used each year to host large World and European Championships and the annual Delta-Lloyd Regatta.  The facilities are outstanding and offers a tremendous venue for our next Worlds”, said IHCA President Brendan Tourelle.

“We were pleased to receive a very detailed proposal from The Netherlands where activity in the Hansa classes has been developing strongly”, he said.

The event is planned for early June, following closely after the Delta Lloyd regatta, which would provide back to back world class events for the SKUD 18 sailors – especially those preparing for Rio 2016.

The event will include the following competitions:

  • Hansa 2.3 World Championship (single person)
  • Hansa 303 World Championship (two person)
  • Hansa 303 International Championship (single person)
  • Liberty World Championship (single person)
  • SKUD 18 International Championship (two person)

The 2016 Worlds will provide a full week of great sailing on a venue well known by sailors all over the world.  In the organiser’s vision, sailors will bring their family and friends to combine their passion of sailing with a visit to the cultural and recreational venues of the Netherlands, Amsterdam and the beautiful city of Medemblik.

Since the opening of the International Sailing Centre Medemblik in 1999, between 10 and 25 sailing events are organised each year. The venue has hosted World Championships for the Contender, J-22, Star, Mumm 30, X-99, International Cadet, H-Boat, Flying Dutchman, Dragon and Windsurfing classes along with numerous European Championships, the annual regatta for Olympic & Paralympic classes and a range of other high quality events. As a result, race and event management in Medemblik is of a truly world class standard.

The historic Dutch town of Medemblik, with its characteristic old buildings and relaxed character, is an ideal host town for sailing events.  It is only a 30 minute drive to Medemblik to Amsterdam and the Schiphol International Airport.

In 1999, the Medemblik town, together with the Royal Netherlands Watersports Association (Watersportverbond), built the International Sailing Centre.  Within the facility are shops, offices, a restaurant and pub, jury rooms, results centre, communication centre (with internet and phone lines), press centre, large accessible rest rooms with showers, and a storage area.

The ISC also features 200 metres of accessible floating jetties, easy to operate crane, a large boat park and ample parking space.  This unique venue is the home of the famous EuroSAF Delta Lloyd Regatta with over 600 competitors every year and up to 6 race areas.

The Ijsselmeer makes Medemblik the capital of sailing in the Netherlands.  A huge inland fresh water lake of approximately 2500 km2 with no current and a depth of 4m.  It is a superb wide open water to sail on, without obstacles and with steady winds.  The racing area for the Hansa Class Worlds 2016 will be within a 10 -15 minutes sail.

There is a variety of accommodation types near to the event venue – camping, bungalow parks, comfortable houses and the luxurious Hotel Medemblik.

During the 2016 Worlds, it will be late spring in the Netherlands. This means an average daytime temperature of 20Ëš Celsius, a 20% chance of rain and an average wind velocity of 12-16 knots.

Charter boats will be made available for entries from outside the continent.  Within Europe and the UK, sailors are encouraged to bring their own boats.

By hosting this event, Hansa Klasse Nederland is hoping to motivate a lot of Dutch recreational sailors to develop their racing skills in 2014 and 2015 so they can be very competitive in the 2016 Worlds.  They have assigned 3 training locations at clubs in Holland where sailors can improve their skills throughout the year. 


International Sailing Centre Medemblik

International Sailing Centre Medemblik

International Sailing Centre Medemblik - images from 2010 IFDS Worlds

International Sailing Centre Medemblik - images from 2010 IFDS Worlds

International Sailing Centre Medemblik - images from 2010 IFDS Worlds

International Sailing Centre Medemblik - images from 2010 IFDS Worlds

International Sailing Centre Medemblik - images from 2010 IFDS Worlds