Disabled Sailing

Disabled Sailing – Monday, November 30, 2015
Monday, November 30, 2015   (Image © DR)
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The Paralympic World Championship 2015 in Melbourne continued yesterday with two races sailed in a moderate 12 kn breeze.
Thanks to two race wins, Damien Séguin FRA has taken the lead in the 2.4m keelboats 5 points ahead of Heiko Kröger GER. In the Skuds 18, the winning streak of Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tesch AUS continued. Australiean is the lead also in the Sonars with Colin Harrison AUS and his team. New on rank 2 with a 5 points' deficit follows John Robertson GBR, Bruno Jourdren FRA is 3 with a 15 points' backlog.
All ranking lists and the report.
Disabled Sailing – Sunday, November 29, 2015
Sunday, November 29, 2015   (Image © Para World Sailing)
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The Olympic and Paralympic Worldcup 2016 will be initiated in Melbourne AUS in early December, and the three Paralympic Classes are already present at the venue sailing their 2015 World Championship with four races completed in the past two days.
In the largest class with 48 participants from 26 nations and 4 continents, the 2.4m keelboats, the leader is Heiko Kröger GER 3 points ahead of Damien Séguin FRA. The superior leader in the Skud-18 are the Paralympic Champions Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tesch AUS with a 13 points' advance on Alexandra Rickham/Niki Birrell GBR. A clear leader also in the Sonars with Colin Harrison AUS and his team 10 points ahead of Aleksander Wang-Hansen NOR. John Robertson GBR and the defending champion Bruno Jourdren FRA follow on the ranks 3 and 4.
All ranking lists and the event website.
Disabled Sailing – Thursday, August 13, 2015
Thursday, August 13, 2015   (Image © Hannele Kolsio)
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The 2.4 mJI Open World Championship continued yesterday again with three races and Stellan Berlin SWE consolidated his first place with another two race wins extending his lead on 13 points. Björnar Erikstad NOR and Helena Lucas GBR, both competing in the Paralympic regatta circuit, are on the ranks 2 and 3.
The results and the videos.
Disabled Sailing – Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Wednesday, August 12, 2015   (Image © Teemu Luovila)
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The Open 2.4 mJI World Championship 2015 for disabled and non-disabled helmspersons began yesterday in Rauma FIN.
Stella Berlin SWE has taken the lead 3 points ahead of Megan Pascoe GBR, most active in the Paralympic event circuit. Björnar Erikstad NOR follows on rank 3. 105 participants from 15 nations are on the ranking list. Here the videos of the day. Racing can be followed daily over the Internet live-stream.
Disabled Sailing – Monday, June 15, 2015
Monday, June 15, 2015   
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The three Paralympic classes sailed their Worldcup races in Weymouth as well. Dominating winner in the 2.4m was Helena Lucas GBR winning all 6 races. British victory with Alexandra Rickham/Niki Birrell GBR also in the Skud-18. In the Sonars, Colin Harrison AUS and his team were the clear winners.
All ranking lists, the daily report and the video of the Medal Races.
Disabled Sailing – Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Wednesday, May 6, 2015   
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Today begins the second round of the newly-launched EUROSAF Champions Cup 2015 with participants from 55 nations and 5 continents (among them El Salvador or Bahrain). North America is represented by USA and CAN teams in a majority of events. Top attention have above all the two Laser fleets. All Olympic classes are present, except the Finns, as their European Championship begins in Split CRO on Saturday. The variable weather forecast does not favor the 'Lake Garda wind-machine', as the announced rain will hinder the filling in of the afternoon thermal Ora breeze.
All entry lists and the official preview.
Disabled Sailing – Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Tuesday, April 28, 2015   (Image © Franck Socha)
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The Paralympic Classes 2.4 m and Sonar Worldcup was held in Hyères together with the Olympic Classes Worldcup. The host nation was the winner in both events after 8 races sailed in moderate conditions.
Damien Séguin FRA was first in the 2.4m ahead of Matthew Bugg AUS, climbing on second with impressive last races (ranks 1/2/1) and relegating Heiko Kröger GER on 3rd. Dee Smith USA is 10th.
Bruno Jourdren/Eric Flageul/Nicolas Vimont-Vicary FRA won 4 of the 8 Sonar races and finished 2 points ahead of Colin Harrison AUS and Jens Kroker GER and their teams at equal points.
All ranking lists and the report.
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.