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New format for the 2018 Para Sailing World Championship >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

The 2018 Para Sailing World Championships will be held September 16-22 in Sheboygan, USA. This edition will feature new formats including “Heat” type races for the RS Venture Connect and medal races across all disciplines.

Disciplines and race format:
• Keelboat for one person (technical) – Open style – 2.4mr Norlin One Design (OD) – fleet racing with a Medal Race
• Keelboat for one person (non-technical) – Man – Hansa 303 – Short course fleet race, charter boat shared with a Medal Race
• Keelboat for one person (non-technical) – Woman – Hansa 303 – Short course fleet race, charter boat shared with a Medal Race
• Two-Person Keelboat – Open Type – RS Venture Connect – Short Course Fleet Races, Shared Charter Boat with Late Disposals. The winner of the final race will win the event

The all-new RS Venture Connect two-person dinghy will be included in Para Worlds for the very first time. The standard two-seater configuration of the RS Venture Connect has been recommended to the Para World Sailing Committee (PWSC) by RS Sailing and has been checked for safety and classification for the 2018 World Championships. The RS Venture Connect has been selected by the PWSC at the 2017 annual conference in Mexico for use at the World Championships.

The boat can be sailed by men and/or women and all competitors must have a valid international classification under the current para classification rules for World Sailing. Each team’s point total in the RS Venture Connect must not exceed 8 points, unless there is a female on the team. The total number of ranking points can be increased by one for each woman on board.

To view the RS Venture Connect Equipment Regulations… click here.

As the PWSC continues to gather input and feedback from sailors regarding the ongoing evolution and evaluation of equipment, safety factors and classification, competitors racing at Sheboygan will be invited to test the setup RS Venture Connect single centerline seat rig with crew permitted to sit on the rail.

The single-seater boat, Hansa 303, made its Para Sailing World Championship debut at the 2017 edition in Kiel, Germany. Piotr Cichocki (POL) and Violeta del Reino (ESP) won the first men’s and women’s title. Hanse sailors will need to meet the minimum handicap criteria for the Para World Sailing classification and men and women will again compete in separate fleets in 2018.

The RS Venture Connect and Hansa 303 boats will be supplied by World Sailing for the championships, reducing costs for sailors.

The third class to be included in the Para Worlds will be the single-seat keelboat, Norlin 2.4mr OD. It is a technical and very adaptable boat made to meet the needs of every sailor. Unlike the Hansa 303, men and women can compete together in the class. Sailors participating in this event will be required to meet the minimum disability classification requirements.

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Source: World Sailing