Rules & Equipment
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.
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.
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