Sports Summary

The Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games introduced sailing as a demonstration sport, gaining full Paralympic sport status the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games.

This sport is open to athletes with a limb loss / limb deficiency, cerebral palsy / brain injury, vision impairment, spinal and nerve injuries and other physical impairments. Athletes must navigate a set course in a faster time than their opponents. Athletes compete in three events, which are non-gender specific: The single-person and three-person keelboats are open to most impairment groups. The two-person keelboat event is specifically designed for athletes with a severe impairments.

Links

Yachting Australia

International Sailing Federation

International Paralympic Committee

Events & Disciplines

  • Single-Person Keelboat (2.4mR)
  • Two-Person Keelboat (SKUD18)
  • Three-Person Keelboat (Sonar)

Classification

Who is eligible for Sailing? Athletes with a vision impairment or physical impairment (such as spinal or nerve injury, limb loss or limb deficiency, cerebral palsy or other similar impairment).

What are the classes? Athletes are classified into classes depending on their functional ability in classification points 1 – 7.

Athletes with a vision impairment: Classification points 3, 5 or 7.
Athletes with a physical impairment: Classification points 1 to 7.
Sailors may also be given a classification of TPA or TPB if they compete in the Two-Person Keelboat (SKUD18).

How do I get a classification? Request a classification using the Get Classified form.

Rules & Equipment

International 2.4mR

2.4mR boats are single-handed keelboats and are designed under the same rule as the 12m America’s Cup boats. They are 4.1m long and weigh 260kg. Their design allows the helm to sit amidships holding all the instruments for controlling the boat craft and navigating, at a distance roughly equal to that of the arms when outstretched.

SKUD18

For Paralympic competition the SKUD18 will be a strict one design class with two sailors seated on the centreline. The SKUD18 is 5.8m in length and weighs 380kgs. This boat has been designed from a performance basis, to offer scintillating, crisp and snappy response to sailors regardless of their ability/mobility

Three-Person Keelboat (Sonar)

To ensure the participation of athletes from all classes of impairment, there is a maximum point count, which a crew of three persons must not exceed. The total crew is allowed a maximum of 14 points. The Sonar class has a fixed keel, a length of 7m (23 feet), and a weight of 950kg. Sonar has three sails – main sail, jib, and spinnaker, but when used for Paralympic sailing, the crew uses the mainsail and jib only. The Sonar provides the option of sailing together with a crew of various impairments and, because of its size and flexibility, allows many different adaptive aids to be incorporated into the boats to assist those sailors with more severe impairments.

Sail Identification

Each boat must carry the country code denoting its national authority on each side of its mainsail and on each side of the hull. Country codes will be applied at measurement. No other sail numbers are displayed

Medal History

Year Gold Silver Bronze total
2012 1 0 0 1
2008 0 1 1 2
2000 1 0 0 1
Russell Boaden

Russell Boaden

Sailing

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Matthew Bugg

Matthew Bugg

Sailing

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Daniel Fitzgibbon

Daniel Fitzgibbon

Sailing

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Jonathan Harris

Jonathan Harris

Sailing

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Colin Harrison

Colin Harrison

Sailing

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Liesl Tesch

Liesl Tesch

Sailing

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Meet the 2016 Paralympic sailing Team

For further information about this sport and how to get involved please contact the National or your State Federation below

Australian Sailing
sailing.org.au

Yachting Australian Capital Territory
act.yachting.org.au

Yachting New South Wales
nsw.yachting.org.au

Yachting Queensland
qld.yachting.org.au

Yachting South Australia
sa.yachting.org.au

Yachting Tasmania
tas.yachting.org.au

Yachting Victoria
vic.yachting.org.au

Yachting Western Australia
wa.yachting.org.au

Yachting Northern Territoty
nt.yachting.org.au