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Disabled Sailing – Thursday, April 9, 2015
Thursday, April 9, 2015   
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After the surprising exclusion of disabled sailing from the Paralympics 2020 in Tokyo, the ISAF Executive took the lead and full responsibility for future discussions with IPC regarding the inclusion of sailing in future Paralympic Games. Led by ISAF President Carlo Croce, the ISAF Executive is working closely and directly with the IPC. It was confirmed by the IPC to ISAF that the process to select sports for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games has officially ended meaning the IPC's decision on 3 February 2015 stands. The ISAF report.
Disabled Sailing – Sunday, February 1, 2015
Sunday, February 1, 2015   
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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, as there has only been a limited number of countries participating in the past.
ISAF is extremely disappointed to receive this news from the IPC, as at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, 23 nations from four continents were represented across the three Paralympic sailing events. Every effort will be made to reinstate sailing to the Paralympic Games. The report.
Disabled Sailing – Saturday, January 31, 2015
Saturday, January 31, 2015   (Image © Ocean Images)
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The Paralympic Classes terminated the Miami Worldcup Regatta yesterday, as there are no Medal Races planned in their Chamionship Rules. Björnar Erikstad NOR finished 1st in the 2.4m only one point ahead of Megan Pascoe GBR. Allen Leibel CAN is 3rd among the 29 participants from 10 nations. First in the small Skud-18 fleet were Fitzgibbon/Tesch AUS ahead of Rickham/Birrell GBR and Gualandris/Zanetti ITA. The Sonars' winner was Aleksander Wang-Hansen NOR with his team, one point ahead of Alphonsus Doerr USA. Paul Tingley CAN finished 3rd.
All ranking lists, the report of the day and the video of the day.
Disabled Sailing – Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Tuesday, January 27, 2015   
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Up to 30 kn was the breeze on the first race day of the Miami Olympic Classes Regatta, 2nd event of the ISAF Worldcup 2015, and a lot of capsizes and equipment damages were the consequence ! Nevertheless, the program could be completed in most classes.
Luke Patience/Elliott Willis GBR took the lead in the 470 men ahead of the favorites Belcher/Ryan AUS and Asenati/Hudson RSA. The 470 women are lead by the Olympic Champions Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL in front of Mills/Clarke GBR and Weguelin/McIntyre GBR. Surprise in the 49ers, where no 'big names' but Diego Botin/Iago Lopez ESP are first winning two of the three races ! Alonso/Alonso ESP and Gilmour/Mara AUS follow closely. The 49ersFX were kept ashore after one race, as only 8 of the 40 entrants saw the finish line. Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL were first ahead of Keijzer/Blom NED and Lloyd/Elks AUS. Giles Scott GBR stood up to his reputation and won both Finn races, with Jake Lilley AUS and Ivan Klijakovic CRO as first persuers. No surprises also in the Nacra 17 with the experienced Gemma Jones/Jason Saunders NZL, Vittorio Bisarro/Silvia Seguri ITA and Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA in the top positions. The leading trio in the RS:X male windsurfer consists of Louis Giard FRA ahead of Byron Kokkalanis GRE and Nick Dempsey GBR. A new name appears on the RS:X female windsurf rankings with Marion Lepert USA, in front of Flavia Tartaglini ITA and Olga Maslivets RUS.

Here an overview on the best North American teams by nation:
- 470 men: McNay/Hughes USA 16th, Belausteguigoitia/ Belausteguigoitia Mex 40th, Chaplin/Chaplin CAN 42nd (45 participants)
- 470 women: Haeger/Provancha USA 10th, Surrette/tenHofe CAN 28th (31p.)
- 49er: Liebenberg/Morris USA 16th, Brodeur/Inkpen 26th (58 p.)
- 49erFX: Blecher/Shea USA 8th (40 p.)
- Laser Standard
-Laser Radial: Paige Railey USA 4th, Brenda Bowskill CAN 13th, Natalya Montemayor MEX 42nd (80 p.)
- Finn: Greg Douglas CAN 9th, Philip Toth USA 17th (41 p.)
- Nacra-17: Ramsay/Girke 22nd, Wilmot/Chaffee USA 25th, (49 p.)
-RS:X men: Zach Plavsic CAN 30th, David Mier y Teran MEX 32nd, Carson Crain USA 43rd (66 p.)
- RS:X women: Marion Lepert USA 1st, Demita Vega de Lille MEX 16th, Laurence Bonneau CAN 25th (37 p.)

All ranking lists and the daily report.
Disabled Sailing – Monday, January 26, 2015
Monday, January 26, 2015   
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Today is day one of the Miami Olympic Classes Regatta on Biscayne Bay, the 2nd round of the ISAF World Cup 2015. Over 800 athletes from 63 nations are on the entry, and all three Paralympic Classes participate as well. Key favorites for podium places among the athletes of the complete www.facebook.com/USSailingTeam]US Sailing Team[/URL] are Haeger/Provancha (470 women), McNay/Hughes (470 men) and Caleb Paine (Finn) but also Paige Railey (Laser women), Charlie Buckingham (Laser men) and Funk/Burd 49er have good chances for a top-10 finish.
A fresh up to 30 kn breeze has been announced for today, and also during the week, the wind speeds will range in the two-digits numbers according to the predictions.
The official preview and the event website.
Disabled Sailing – Thursday, November 6, 2014
Thursday, November 6, 2014   (Image © ISAF)
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The deliberations in the ISAF Committees continued yesterday to work out recommendations on behalf of the ISAF Council, the Parliament representing the Member Nations and Classes, who will decide on Friday and Saturday. Some of the propositions: the Nacra 15 catamaran shall replace the SL16-cat as Youth cat. Details on the ISAF Worldcup Final in Abi Dhabi have been discussed and the entry lists presented. The ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship 2015 at Langkawi MAS has been reviewed.
All details about the Conference have been posted on the Live-Blog, that will be continuously updated during the sessions.
Disabled Sailing – Saturday, October 4, 2014
Saturday, October 4, 2014   
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The 2.4 mIJ Worlds in Toronto CAN were terminated yesterday with two races. The leader Stellan Berlin SWE reopened the suspense right from the start of the first heat with a premature start disqualification. But winning the last race, he made everything clear and defended his World Champion title from the previous year. Björnar Erikstad NOR on rank 2 follows 5 points behind. Helena Lucas GBR earns Bronze.
The ranking list and the short reports.
Disabled Sailing – Friday, October 3, 2014
Friday, October 3, 2014   
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Again moderate winds around 10 kn and choppy waves prevailed again off Toronto at the 2.4 mIJ Open World Championship, allowing to complete three heats. After discarding the worst result, the new leader is Stellan Berlin SWE, scatching his premature disqualification from day 1. As best of the day, Helena Lucas GBR, day ranks 2/2/1, advanced on rank 2 ahead of Björnar Erikstad NOR as 3rd. Today, last day of the competition, two more races are on the program.
The ranking list and the short reports.
Disabled Sailing – Thursday, October 2, 2014
Thursday, October 2, 2014   
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Light winds from the East between 7 and 10 kn prevailed on a foggy grey Wednesday, making the lake very choppy. Three races were sailed and with the ranks 3/1/1, Stellan Berlin SWE was the best of the day and advanced on the 10th place, including the disqualifcation in race 2. Once the discard comes into effect, he will be on top of the overall rankings, occupied for the moment by Megan Pascoe GBR, consistently among the best with the ranks 1/2/9 yesterday. Björnar Erikstad NOR and Allen Leibel CAN follow on the ranks 2 and 3.
The ranking list and the short reports.
Disabled Sailing – Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Wednesday, October 1, 2014   
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After the Paralympic IFDS World Championship (the 2.4 mIJ is the one-person-keelboat of the disabled), the Open 2.4 mIJ Open Worlds (open for everybody) began yesterday in Toronto CAN. Two races were sailed in an 8-10 kn breeze, and as in previous years, the best Paralympic sailors are challenged above all by Scandinavian participants.
Winners of the two races were Megan Pascoe GBR and Niko Salomaa FIN, as Stellan Berlin SWE crossing the line as first in race 2 was disqualified. Overall leader is Niko Salomaa FIN ahead of Megan Pascoe GBR and Paul Tingley CAN. 35 boats from 6 nations participate.
The ranking list, the short reports and the event website.
Disabled Sailing – Monday, August 25, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014   (Image © Tim Wilkes)
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The light wind on the final day allowed only a race for the 2.4m and the Skud-18. The race of the Sonars had to be abandoned. Here the results: Bruno Jourdren/Nicolas Vimont-Vicary/Eric Flageul FRA wins in the Sonars, another title for the Frenchman. Silver and Bronze went to Paul Tingley CAN and Colin Harrison USA with their teams. The tightly leading trio in the 2.4m finished the last race in the middle of the fleet, and Heiko Kröger GER succeeded to defend his first place. Helena Lucas GBR advanced on rank 2, Séguin FRA won the Bronze medal. In the Skud-18, Alexandra Rickham/Niki Birrell GBR needed a race win to overtake the leading Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tesch AUS, but finishing 'only' second, they remain second overall at equal points with the new World Champions. Marco Gualandris/Marta Zanetti ITA won Bronze.
The ranks 1 to 6 qualify the nations for the Paralympics 2016 in Rio. The USA teams have qualified in the 2.4mR and SKUD-18 classes. CAN has achieved their overall goal by securing berths in all three classes. All ranking lists and the event website.
Disabled Sailing – Sunday, August 24, 2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014   
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Good sailing conditions yesterday allowed an intensive program with three races for the 2.4m and Skud-18s, while the sonars completed two heats.
The situation in the 2.4m before the last races is exciting with Heiko Kröger GER on top, but the day's best Damien Séguin FRA has joined him. Only 2 points behind follows Helena Lucas GBR. In the Skud-18, the title will be decided in a duel between Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tesch AUS and Alexandra Rickham/Niki Birrell GBR 3 points behind. Unchallenged on rank 3 are Marco Gualandris/Marta Zanetti ITA. New leaders in the Sonars are Bruno Jourdren/Nicolas Vimont-Vicary/Eric Flageul FRA, 3 points ahead of Paul Tingley CAN and his team. Colin Harrison AUS advanced on rank 3.
All ranking lists and the event facebook pages.