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1 Apr 2014 Hansa Classes sailing in Belgium - BEL
1 Apr 2014 Championship calendar updated
1 Apr 2014 UK National Championships - Northampton Event Cancelled - GBR
1 Apr 2014 2014 Hansa Class Championships on Lake Garda - ITA
1 Apr 2014 Spring Regatta Grou - NED
1 Apr 2014 2014 Dominant Australian Hansa Class Championships - AUS
28 Jan 2014 2014 Hansa Class Combined World & International Championships Cancelled
26 Dec 2013 2014 SKUD 18 Class Rules Released
13 Nov 2013 North American SKUD 18 Championships - CAN
20 Aug 2013 Updated Hansa 2.3, Hansa 303 and Liberty Class Rules Published
8 Aug 2013 Australasian Hansa Class Events 2013-14 - AUS/NZL
22 May 2013 New Name for International Class Association

Hansa Classes sailing in Belgium - BEL

Liberty and 303s will be sailing at Flanders
David Staley, Tuesday, 1 April 2014
The 1st Flanders Sailability Cup will be held in Belgium from 7th to 9th June at Zilvermeerhaven Port Aventura in Mol, Belgium. Classes sailed will be the 303 and Liberty.
More details, including entry details, contact information and accommodation options can be found on the website - http://flanderscup.sailability.be/

Championship calendar updated

Hansa Class Regattas are scheduled all over
David Staley, Tuesday, 1 April 2014

The northern hemisphere season is looming and still there are championships to be decided in Australia and New Zealand.

To view the updated events calendar, visit /site/misc/iaca/downloads/Championships%20and%20Events/Hansa%20Class%20Events%20April%202014.pdf


UK National Championships - Northampton Event Cancelled - GBR

The 2014 UK Nationals will be held in Northampton
David Staley, Tuesday, 1 April 2014

The Hansa National Champs 2014 at Northampton are now cancelled.

The HCA(UK) Events Team are sorry to inform that the 2014 Hansa National Championships, which were scheduled for July 18th to 22nd,  have been cancelled due to a clash of events at the venue.  We hope to run the event at another venue so please watch the website for further information - www.hansaclass.org.uk/sspage-events-traveller_trophy-national_champs.html



Other Links
 Hansa Class UK Website


2014 Hansa Class Championships on Lake Garda - ITA

Italian National Championships 2014
David Staley, Tuesday, 1 April 2014

The 2014 Italian Hansa Class Championships will be an open event and international competitors are welcomed.

Circolo Vela Gargnano will again host the event with racing from June 20-22 on Lake Garda.

Race documents and further information will be posted to the host club website - www.centomiglia.it



Spring Regatta Grou - NED

Liberty racing in the Netherlands
David Staley, Tuesday, 1 April 2014

On Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 May, the Spring Regatta will be held at Zeilcentrum Grou (Sailing Center Grou). The Hansa Class is one of the participating classes. On both days our class will sail up to 3 races and on the Saturday evening there is a dinner.

For the Hansa classes there will also be a training day on the Friday. This training will be given by Karel Lanterman.  Karel has trained in the past many top talents including Olympic sailing star Marit Bouwmeester. Such a training you wouldn't miss!

Zeilcentrum Grou is very accessible for people with physical disabilities.  See www.zeilcentrumgrou.nl for more information.

Close near Zeilcentrum Grou you will also find Water hostel Oer't Hout. This hostel is fully accessible. See: www.nedhostel.nl for more information.

For more information, email Wilma van den Broek - wilmavandenbroek228@gmail.com

Other Links
 Hansa Class Nederland Website


2014 Dominant Australian Hansa Class Championships - AUS

Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club will host the 2014 Nationals
David Staley, Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Entries have been flooding in recently for the 2014 Dominant Australian Hansa Class Championships.

This event, which will incorporate the Inaugural South Australian Hansa Class Championships, will be held at Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club between 17th - 21st April 2014.

Prizes will be awarded for the 2.3 Single Person & 2.3 Servo divisions, 303 Single & Two-Person divisions, and Liberty & Liberty Servo divisions.  South Australian residents are eligible to win the South Australian 303 Two Person and Liberty titles.

 Notice of race, online entry, information on social events and accommodation are available on the event page.  A limited number of charter boats will also be available.

 Check the event page for more details - http://www.foxsportspulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-10087-0-0-0&sID=316483

 The AHCA would like to thanks to our naming rights sponsor - Dominant - for their support of the Championships.

Other Links
 AHCA Website


2014 Hansa Class Combined World & International Championships Cancelled

David Staley, Tuesday, 28 January 2014

With the agreement of the International Hansa Class Association, the organisers of the 2014 Hansa Class Combined World & International Championships have announced the event will be abandoned.

Organising Committee Chair, Cristina Rubke, said today, “Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Organizing Authority is abandoning the 2014 Hansa Class Combined World & International Championships.  We  hope we can work with the IHCA in the future to expand participation in the wonderful sport of sailing”.

The Championship was due to be held at South Beach Harbour in San Francisco from September 15-21.

“The organisers have not been able to attract the support and progress preparations for the event that would ensure it met with class standards”, said IHCA Technical Delegate Zoltan Pegan.

“With sailors from around the world needing to book flights and accommodation and arrange shipping of boats, it was important that a decision was made as early as possible”.

“While there is not enough time to arrange an alternative venue for a 2014 Worlds, there is a strong program of regattas throughout the year - especially in Europe.  Hansa Class Nationals are currently scheduled in Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Switzerland, Great Britain, Spain and Portugal.  These events can offer Hansa Class sailors a high standard of international competition”, said Pegan.

Continental Championships are due to be conducted in 2015 in Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America.  The 2016 Worlds are scheduled to be held in Europe.


2014 SKUD 18 Class Rules Released

2014 SKUD 18 Class Rules
David Staley, Thursday, 26 December 2013

Following the recent vote that closed at midnight on December 23, SKUD 18 Owners have voted to adopt the new SKUD 18 Class Rules which will come into effect from January 1, 2014.

Votes were received from 46% of boats, which was a similar level of participation to voting processes in previous years.  72% of the votes received were in favour of adopting the amended rules.

SKUD 18 teams competing in events sanctioned by the International Association for Disabled Sailing are reminded that additional rules contained within the IFDS Race Management Manual also apply for these regattas.

The new Class Rules, and a "marked-up" copy showing the changes, are available below.

Other Links
 2014 SKUD 18 Class Rules
 'Mark-Up' of amendments to SKUD 18 Class Rules


North American SKUD 18 Championships - CAN

David Staley, Wednesday, 13 November 2013

The Inaugural North American SKUD 18 Championships will be conducted by Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron in Halifax in August next year.

Scheduled in the week before the IFDS Combined World Championships, the SKUD 18 regatta will provide teams with the opportunity to prepare for the first nations qualifier for the Rio Paralympic Games.

Up to 12 races are scheduled over the three days.  The event is being sailed in J3 configuration – Open Two Person Centerline Seats without the IFDS classification and gender requirements.

A preliminary NOR has now been published.  Further information will be posted as it becomes available.

Other Links
 Preliminary Notice of Race
 RNSYS Website


Updated Hansa 2.3, Hansa 303 and Liberty Class Rules Published

David Staley, Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Following a lengthy review by the IHCA Technical Committee and ISAF, the amended Hansa 2.3, Hansa 303 and Liberty Class Rules have now been approved and published.  The new rules apply from September 1, 2013.

For information about the changes, a summary table of amendments is available below.

Other Links
 Hansa 2.3 Class Rules 2013
 Hansa 303 Class Rules 2013
 Liberty Class Rules 2013
 Summary of Changes to Hansa 2.3 Class Rules
 Summary of Changes to Hansa 303 Class Rules
 Summary of Changes to Liberty Class Rules


Australasian Hansa Class Events 2013-14 - AUS/NZL

Shauna Phillips, Thursday, 8 August 2013

There is a large calendar of events during the upcoming Australasian summer. With some final details still to be confirmed, we wanted to give you some dates for your diary so you can start to plan your summer of sailing.

Australian Masters Games – October 5th -12th - Royal Geelong Yacht Club. 303, Liberty & SKUD 18 fleets – age restrictions apply – Minimum age for helm is 35 years, and for crew it is 30 years.  http://australianmastersgames.com.au

Sail Melbourne – December 1st – 8th - Sandringham Yacht Club. Liberty & SKUD18 fleets. NOR and online entry currently available for SKUD fleet. SKUD18 fleet is open to Paralympic and open entries (sailing two centreline seats) and Liberties are also invited for a 5 day sailing program. More details to follow.  http://sailmelbourne.com.au/website/home.html

Sail Sydney – December 12th – 15th – Rushcutters Bay/ Woollahra Yacht Club. SKUD 18 (Other classes TBC). NOR now available online. http://sailsydney.org.au

Sail Auckland (incorporating the New Zealand SKUD18 Championship) – February 1st to 4th - Royal Akarana Yacht Club. Classes sailed will be the 303, Liberty and SKUD 18. Notice of Race and online entry are now available. http://www.sailauckland.org.nz

NSW Hansa Class Championships – February 8th & 9th - Illawarra Yacht Club. 2.3 Singles and Doubles and 303 Singles and Doubles. (Due to depth issues, the Liberty and SKUD18 fleets cannot compete here, but we will have further details of where they will be competing shortly).

WA Argonaut Mini Series – February 8th & 9th - Royal Perth Yacht Club. As part of the Argonaut Mini Series, 2.3, 303 and Liberty fleets can compete in this event. More information to follow.

Victorian Hansa Class Championship (incorporating the Australian SKUD18 Championship) February 15th & 16th - Royal Yacht Club of Victoria. Fleets sailed will be 2.3, 303, Liberty and SKUD18. This event will also include in the SKUD18 Nationals, due to depth issues at the S.A. National’s venue. Royal Yacht Club of Victoria will be the venue for the 2015 IFDS World Championships for the SKUD’s so it is a great opportunity for them to check out the facilities.

Tasmanian Hansa Class Championship – Sunday 2nd March - Derwent Sailing Squadron, Hobart. Fleets sailed will be 2.3 and 303. More details to come.

New Zealand Hansa Class Championships - 22nd & 23rd March - Waitara Boating Club, Taranaki, with the support of Sailability Taranaki. Fleets sailed will be the 2.3, 303 & Liberty. More details to come.

Australian Hansa Class National Championships (incorporating the inaugural South Australian Hansa Class Championship) – April 17th – 21st - Goolwa Regatta Sailing Club.

Organisers are looking for expressions of interest for this event to help with planning the regatta. Could you please click on the link to the expression of interest form – payment of fees is not required at this stage. As part of this link you will find a comprehensive list of accommodation. Book early to avoid disappointment - particularly if you are looking for accessible accommodation. /default.asp?Page=31134

2014 Queensland Hansa Class Championships

We are also pleased to announce that we are in the early stages of planning a Queensland Hansa Class State Championship tentatively scheduled for around September/October 2014.

Other Links
 AHCA Facebook


New Name for International Class Association

David Staley, Wednesday, 22 May 2013

The International Access Class Association is now the International Hansa Class Association.

The manufacturer of the Access 2.3, 303, Liberty and SKUD 18, Access Sailing Systems Pty Ltd, advised the International Class Association in 2012 that it would be changing its name to Hansa Sailing Systems Pty Ltd and adopting the Hansa Sailing brand internationally for its range of small keelboats and accessories.

The company aims to focus on the mainstream sailing market and promote awareness of the suitability of the boats for inclusive mainstream participation and training programs, and for widespread use by people of all abilities.

2013 was seen as an ideal opportunity for this change as the word “Access” has over the past decade become almost synonymous with disabled access whereas the company and its craft are of universal appeal and value.  Through the widespread adoption of Access Sailing’s products by Sailability and other disabled sailing organisations internationally, the Access brand has become closely associated with disability and the boats have been largely seen as “boats for the disabled” within the mainstream sailing community.

According to company principal and designer Chris Mitchell, “The boats were never designed specifically for people with a disability - they were conceived as an entry level craft for Asia where participation was low, and to provide a confidence-building feeling of safety and ease of use.”

“Based upon the boats’ inclusive “sailing for everyone” potential, I chose the name “Access” in the early 90’s for its broader meaning that seemed appropriate at the time.”

Over the years however, the “Access” branding was seen as restricting the market sectors that the boats could be successfully promoted to, and limiting the growth potential of the class.  More importantly, this was viewed as contributing to the perpetuation of segregated sport.  This is in stark contrast to the company’s aims of growing inclusive participation in sailing as a recreation and sport, and enabling people with a disability to share in mainstream sporting and social activities.

Access Sailing Systems Pty Ltd has therefore changed its trading name to Hansa Sailing Systems Pty Ltd and its primary branding to Hansa Sailing in 2013.  The “Hansa” is the well recognised swan motif that has served as the Access Class insignia since 1994.

The mythical Hansa Swan is derived from the philosophy of ancient Sanskrit.  It represents perfect union and balance – a vehicle for the harmony of wind, sea and sailor.  The flight of the Hansa also symbolizes an escape from a repetitive cycle – changing the established pattern or taking a different approach.

“These boats bearing the Hansa insignia are products of universal design and a philosophy of inclusion, aiming to make sailing more accessible and appealing”, said Mitchell.

At its 2012 Annual General Meeting, the International Access Class Association resolved to change its name to the International Hansa Class Association.

The names of three of the individual classes will also change.

The Hansa 2.3 is an ISAF Class including the 2.3 Wide and 2.3 Single (previously known as the Access 2.3), along with the new 2.3 Breeze model.

The Hansa 303 is an ISAF Class including the 303 Wide (previously known as the Access 303) and 303 Breeze.

The Liberty is an ISAF Class previously known as the Access Liberty.

The SKUD 18 is an IFDS Class.

The International Hansa Class Association website is having some new graphics to reflect the new name and documentation will be progressively updated.  It is anticipated that many of the National Class Associations will also change their names to align with the International Hansa Class Association and the new international brand for the family of Hansa classes.

International Class Association President, Brendan Tourelle, believes the name change is a step in the right direction.

“As a class association, we need to support any initiatives by the manufacturer to grow the number of boats around the world.  This seems a great opportunity to promote the four classes to people of all abilities to begin and develop in sailing”, said Tourelle.

Other Links
 New Hansa Sailing Website
 International Hansa Class on Facebook
 International Hansa Class Website

Hansa Sailing personnel in Nowra, March 2013