Antigua welcomes sailors for first Paralympic Development Program clinic…

Paralympic Development Program

The National Sailing Academy in Antigua is set to host participants from six countries for the first Paralympic Development Program (PDP) clinic of 2019. From 19-25 January, National Sailing Academy will host sailors and coaches from Colombia, Dominican Republic, Paraguay, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela and Antigua.
This is the first PDP to be held in the Caribbean and follows on from a period of sustained development in the region by Antigua Sailability and the Antiguan National Sailing Academy.
The clinic will feature a number of onshore sessions that touch on the Racing Rules of Sailing, disability awareness, coaching processes, regatta management and classification. On water sessions will help to improve the sailors boat handling and performance before a mini regatta.
In 2018, the PDP supported 23 sailors, 19 coaches and four Member National Authority representatives in the build up to the 2018 Para World Sailing Championships in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA. The Championships was the best attended to date with 39 nations racing across the four Para World Sailing classes.
Announcements on future clinics will be made throughout the year.
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2019 Nations Cup Grand Final competitors announced

Nations Cup Grand Final

San Francisco, USA St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, USA has been selected by World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport, to host the 2019 Nations Cup Grand Final April 9-14, 2019 and will use its matched fleet of J/22s. St. Francis Yacht Club previously hosted in 1995 using J/24s. Ten Open and ten Women's division skippers have registered for the Grand Final, including some of the top world-ranked from various countries. Click here to view the full roster and Notice of Race.
As winners of the last Nations Cup Grand Final, USA's Nicole Breault earned a spot in the Women's division and Russia's Vladimir Lipavsky a spot in the Open. World Sailing Member National Authorities (MNA) filled out the field by nominating their most recent National Match Racing Champions in each division. Nominations were allocated by region to Africa, Asia, Europe, North America & Caribbean, Oceania and South America, and the event will have ten countries represented in the Open and eight countries in the Women's.
For further information, please contact Pedro Rodrigues at World Sailing via listing "Nations Cup 2019" as the subject.
About the Nations Cup
The inaugural Nations Cup in 1991 saw six regional qualifiers in each of Denmark, Italy, Greece, Brazil, Bermuda and Japan, with the Grand Final in Barcelona, Spain. At that time only sailed in an Open division, the title was won by Ed Baird (USA). The 1991 Nations Cup Grand Final was the climax of over 1,000 races sailed by some 50 countries.
Moving onto 1993, preceding the Grand Final in Holland, the qualifiers were held in Finland, France, United Arab Emirates, Peru, USA and Singapore, with Roy Heiner (NED) taking the Open title and Helena Strang (SWE) the Women's.
The 1995 event saw St. Francis Yacht Club host the Grand Final, with the qualifying events in South Africa, Croatia, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada and Chile. The Open Event was won by South Africa's Bruce Savage, with the Women's title claimed by Susan Walters (AUS).
The ISAF Nations Cup was successfully re-launched in 2006 with eight Regional Finals leading to the Grand Final in Cork, Ireland. France completed a double victory with skippers Mathieu Richard and Claire Leroy leading their teams to victory in both the Open and the Women's division.
In 2009, competitors from more than 40 nations contested the Regional Finals held in Antibes, Auckland, Brindisi, Buenos Aires, Charleston, Kinsale, and Mumbai, whilst Porto Alegre in Brazil played the host of the Grand Final. Brazil saw some of the world's best match racers representing their countries, but France repeated their achievement of 2006 to win both titles again with skippers Claire Leroy and Damien Iehl.
The 2011 ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final was hosted in Sheboygan, USA. Claire Leroy won her third consecutive title for France with Laurie Jury skippering a New Zealand team to victory in the Open event.
In 2013, Denmark won the rights to host the Nations Cup in Middelfart with the support of the Triangle region. Australia's David Gilmour, the 22-year-old son of Peter Gilmour, brought home the Cup to Australia and the Women's title went to Brazil with Juliana Senfft as skipper – the first ever Nations Cup victory for Brazil.
Vladivostok, Russia hosted the last edition of the Nations Cup in 2015. Russia's Vladimir Lipavsky took the title in the Open division and Nicole Breault from the United States of America claimed the Women's title.
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49er added to Pan Am Games sports programme as…

Pan Am Games

The Pan Am Sailing Federation (PASAF) is pleased to announce that Pan Am Sports with the Organizing Committee of the Lima 2019 XVIII Pan American Games (COPAL) have increased the Athlete Quota for the Sport of Sailing for Lima 2019 by 20 athletes. The athlete quota increases from 148 to 168 in order to increase the number of boats in the Mixed Two-Person Multihull – Nacra 17 from eight to ten and to add an additional 11th event, the Men's Two-Person Skiff, the 49er with eight boats.
The Country Qualification regatta for the 2019 Pan Am Games for both the 49er and the Nacra 17 will be the 2019 Hempel World Cup Series – Miami, to be held January 27-Febuary 3, 2019 in Miami, Florida, USA.
PASAF is also pleased to announce that World Sailing will utilize the 2019 Pan Am Games as the Regional Games Qualifier for Tokyo 2020 in these two events:
Men's Singlehanded – Laser
Women's Singlehanded – Laser Radial
And also, as the Continental Country Qualifier, in these three additional events:
Men's Two-Person Skiff – 49er
Women's Two-Person Skiff – 49erfx
Mixed Two-Person Multihull – Nacra 17
The Laser and Laser Radial events are Regional Games Qualifiers, while the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 are Continental Qualifiers. Two National Olympic Committees will qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Games in each of these five events. All places are awarded subject to the details of the Tokyo 2020 Qualification System.
Following this decision World Sailing will now seek final approval from the IOC and publish an updated Qualification System to reflect these changes here:
This means that for the first time five of the ten Sailing Events at the Olympic Games will have Country Qualification at the Pan Am Games!
Please direct any questions to Fred Hagedorn, Secretary-General, PASAF +1-312-286-3657 or
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Hempel Sailing World Championships delivers significant local and global…

Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018

The Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 in Denmark delivered a significant direct economic and global media impact according to the Sportcal Global Sports Impact (GSI) Event Study published today. Held from 30 July through to 12 August 2018, the event was the largest, most successful and sustainable Sailing World Championships in history with a cumulative attendance of 400,000 spectators of which 151,414 were unique. As a result of this, the event delivered a three-fold return in direct economic impact (DKK 149.83 million ($22.94m USD)) to the local economy.
According to Sportcal's GSI ranking of World Championships in summer Olympic sports and disciplines, which looked at a total of 30 events from 2017 and 2018, the Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 ranked fourth out of 25 events in attendance and fourth out of 30 in the number of athletes competing.
Sportcal undertook detailed analysis across eight pillars of impact, as established by the GSI methodology. These comprise: Economic, Tourism, Media, Social Media, Sponsorship, Sporting, Social and Sustainability.
Click here to view the Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 GSI Event Study.
Sustainability was a key element of the Championships and Aarhus 2018 partnered with Worldperfect to deliver an integrated sustainability plan, based on World Sailing's Sustainability Agenda 2030.
The Maritime Festival was an important touchpoint to showcase sustainability measures and 95% of the visitors stated that the waste sorting initiatives were positive. In total, 5 tonnes of food was converted into 7.5 tonnes of biogas and 52% of all waste from the event was recycled.
All trams and buses were free for all athletes, spectators and officials during the Championships period and the bikes provided by the city to personnel at the event cycled more than 15,000km in total.
Commenting on the sustainability measures during the event, IOC President Thomas Bach said, "I think it's remarkable that World Sailing, Aarhus and Denmark have built programmes with regard to sustainability. This is a benchmark project for these kind of World Championships."
Worldwide, 75 broadcasters showed live, delayed or highlights coverage of the event in 198 nations and territories. A unique audience of 15.67 million watched more than 7.55 million hours of television coverage worldwide. In Denmark alone, 30 hours of the event were broadcast live on the domestic broadcaster, DR.
The presentation of the championship across broadcast and digital properties was complemented by SAP's Sailing Analytics. Live data and insights on each competitor, competition status and live weather information was publicly available on SAP's platform and was seamlessly incorporated into the live broadcast to explain how races were won and lost throughout the competition. This, with the addition of drones and helicopters, ensured the broadcast presentation of the sport reached new heights.
In total, 1,247 sailors from 84 nations were represented across the ten Olympic Events as well as Men's and Women's Kiteboarding; the highest since the events inception in 2003.
The event was supported by 25 partners including three main sponsors, one of which was Hempel who were recently announced as World Sailing's Official Coatings Partner as a result of the successful collaboration during Aarhus. In addition there were 15 official partners and seven institutional partners.
A significant legacy of the event is the International Sailing Centre and training of race officials and volunteers, with over 100 organisations involved in the planning and delivery of the event. The Sailing Centre will allow the city of Aarhus to host future major sailing and maritime events with skilled personnel available to deliver on the requirements. Furthermore, there has been a greater uptake in membership of maritime clubs and organisations in the city as a result of the championships.
Kim Andersen, President of World Sailing, said, "The Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 was the most successful to date. The results generated across the eight pillars of impact are truly encouraging and highlight that the investments of our valued partners – Hempel, Sport Event Denmark and Aarhus Events – has truly paid off.
"Spectator and athlete participation numbers were outstanding and the comparisons against other sports provided within the GSI Report show that sailing is a global leader within the sports community."
Lars Lundov, CEO of Sport Event Denmark, commented, "Denmark had high expectations for the Hempel Sailing World Championships last summer in Aarhus, the City of Sails. With the event study by Sportcal we can now add some great details to the event; sailors competed across all ten Olympic sailing events as well as kiteboarding representing 84 nations. Crowds of spectators gathered on the stands and the event got an impressive media coverage."
Rabih Azad-Ahmad, Cultural Mayor, The City of Aarhus, added, "I am both very happy and proud that the Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 received such great feedback. From day one it was our goal to create a huge event which would be a game changer for the sport of sailing. We were determined to attract ordinary people with no previous interest in sailing and involve the city and the civil community while having focus on vital values such as sustainability.
"Obviously, the appraisal is a huge recognition of the great effort Aarhus and the Danish sailing community have put into the event and as a city, Aarhus will use the experiences in new major international events to come."
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Solid victory for Giles Scott at Ronstan Australian Finn…

Australian Finn Championship

Melbourne, Australia Giles Scott wrapped up a great week's sailing with two more race wins to take the overall victory at the Ronstan Australian Finn Championship in some spectacular Black Rock conditions. Nicholas Heiner secured second place, while Jake Lilley took one point off Ed Wright to move up to third, and also successful defended his Australian National title.
It had been a tough week in Black Rock with solid sea breezes for most of the races challenging the physical preparation of the 40 sailors who took part. Many sailors were visibly tired, with sore legs, heading out for the final day, which looked like being the toughest of the week.
It was a great demonstration from Olympic champion Scott as he revelled in the fantastic wind and waves on Port Phillip for two clear wins to make it six bullets this week, which is impressive considering the high quality of the fleet. Heiner knew it would be tough to topple Scott, so focussed on securing the silver. Meanwhile Wright and Lilley went into the day tied on points. Everything was set for a final day of tough and absorbing racing.
The final two races were scheduled to start at the earlier time of 12.00 and on the water, the southerly change had blown through in the early morning to bring in a solid 15 knot breeze and a 5 minute sail to the start line. The forecast predicted a 15 to 20 knot southerly with a sea breeze coming over the top and building later in the day.
Race 9 of the series got away on time under 'U' flag with two boats UFD, Rockal Evans, from Bermuda and Phil Chadwick, from Australia, who was leading the Grand Masters. The first mark was a British procession and by the bottom first time round it was Scott with a clear lead, clearly enjoying the fabulous conditions. The breeze filled in further on the second lap to a solid 20 knots by the finish. Scott took the win from Pieter-Jan Postma, from The Netherlands, and Lilley. Wright was back in seventh after breaking his vang lever and sailed in for a boom change for the second race. It was all down to the final race for silver and bronze.
The final race was held in the same solid breeze from the south, with a high degree of attrition through the fleet. In the end only 25 boats finished. At the top of the second run, Scott and Wright had a big lead on the fleet with Henry Wetherell clearly in third, to finish in that order for a British one, two, three. Postma capsized at the end of the first run, while Chadwick picked up another UFD. Alex Kokumai from Japan, suffered another broken vang and was towed in.
The spoils were shared between the Australian and British sailors. While Lilley won the Australian title from Oliver Tweddell, Wetherell took the U23 prize and Wright was first Master. After an over-enthusiastic double UFD from Chadwick today, John Condie won the Grand Masters by a single point, while Peter Wallace was first Grand Grand Master. For the Legends, Dirk Seret covered Neville Wild to stay in front, with last years winner Bob Buchanan, third.
Lilley was delighted to retain his national title.
"It was a great week of sailing at Black Rock, classic Finn conditions and a very physical week. Sore legs for all concerned."
"Very happy to finish off in third and another national title but incredibly grateful to all the other countries for coming out and sharing our country and some fantastic racing."
Heiner was pleased with his period of training in Australia.
"A great week's sailing in Black Rock. Amazing conditions. You can't ask for much better sailing. I think especially with all the internationals here there was great depth in the fleet, especially when the Kiwis were still here."
On his own performance, "Every day I was pretty equal to Giles. We had some great battles and unfortunately I made a bit of an error yesterday with a UFD, so going into today I knew it was going to be quite tricky to gain those seven points on him, especially in the conditions we had today. I was just making sure I didn't do anything crazy and secured the second place, but it got pretty hard once PJ started match racing me, which made trying to win the regatta quite hard."
"In the end I am happy as one of the smaller and lighter guys in the fleet to come away with a silver medal, and quite solid as well, in a breezy week shows that we are on the right track. We are doing our homework and getting better and better, and it gives a lot of confidence."
"It shows we can win races and be up on the podium in the big breeze regattas, so enough to work on but pretty happy with my Australian trip."
Black Rock Yacht Club Commodore, Gary Lokum, commented, "It has been a fabulous two weeks of racing at Black Rock, with first the OK Dinghy nationals and then the Finn nationals. We have been blessed with fantastic conditions and have run all the racing to schedule, which is amazing. It really is 'normally like this here' and we hope all the competitors, especially the international sailors, enjoyed our club and our special waters."
"I would finally like to thank our sponsors over these events – especially Ronstan, Rooster, Blue Peter and the Victorian Government – for their support in enabling us to host these events."
Final results(10 races)
1 GBR41 Giles Scott 14
2 NED89 Nicholas Heiner 28
3 AUS1 Jakos Lilley 42
4 GBR11 Ed Wright 43
5 GBR71 Henry Wetherell 49
6 NED842 PieterJan Postma 52
7 AUS261 Oliver Twedell 52
8 CHN1 He Chen 89
9 AUS32 Jock Calvert 93
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2019 Emerging Nations Program Hempel Youth Worlds application process…

Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships

Gdynia, Poland World Sailing is inviting Member National Authorities to apply for a place at the 2019 Emerging Nations Program (ENP) Performance Clinic which will be held in advance of the Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships. Gdynia, Poland will host the 2019 edition of the Hempel Youth Worlds from 13-20 July and in advance from 8-12 July, sailors on the Emerging Nations Program will receive expert coaching and guidance from World Sailing coaches.
MNAs are invited to nominate a Laser Radial sailor who has not previously attended an ENP clinic and preference will be given to those who submit applications for female sailors.
The application must include:

  • Sailors sailing CV, including races and results;
  • Video footage of the sailor sailing into a windward chop, tacking (at least four tacks) and gybing (at least four gybes) all in over 12 knots of wind.

Please note it is important for World Sailing to receive this in order to guide decisions on selections and fully understand a sailor's skills as only sailors on the appropriate level will be selected.
Other important information:

  • Only one Laser Radial Boy and one Laser Radial Girl application can be submitted per MNA;
  • MNA's must be willing to approve the sailors entry into the World Championships (as per the notice of race);
  • Applications for places need to be received by Thursday 31 January 2019.

Those MNA's who have sailors already selected for the program, have received communication of this already
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