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Para Sailing back at Medemblik Regatta

by Medemblik Regatta 5 Apr 14:30 BST 21-25 May 2019
Hansa Class Worlds 2016 in Medemblik © Chris Heill

The Medemblik Regatta is happy to announce that the Hansa Class will be included in the Regatta. Sailing may not be included in the Paralympic Games anymore; World Sailing has said to continue to support the sailors as well as grow and promote Para World Sailing globally.

With including the Hansa Class, the Medemblik Regatta will continue their support and promotion of Para Sailing.

The Medemblik Regatta has always been the biggest sailing event in the Netherlands for Olympic and Paralympic classes. In 2016 the Para World Sailing Championships were held in Medemblik during the Medemblik Regatta.

The decision of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to exclude sailing from the calendar starting 2020 was received as very disappointing news for the sport of sailing worldwide. Sailing provides unique opportunities for athletes with a disability to get involved with and participate in high performance sport through mainstream sport structures and to compete on a world-class and Paralympic level.

Hansa Class in Medemblik

World Sailing has lined out a strategic plan to help and promote para sailing throughout the world. The Dutch Watersport Federation and the Medemblik Regatta have discussed the possibilities to add para sailing to the regatta again. As a result, the Hansa Class will be racing in Medemblik from Tuesday 21st to Saturday 25th of May 2019.

Sailors can enter the competition in the following classes: Hansa Liberty Manually, Hansa Liberty Full Servo, the Hansa 303 singlehanded and Hansa 303 Doublehanded. The Notice of Race for the Hansa Class is published on the online notice board.

Registration for the Hansa Class opens on Friday April 5th, 2019.

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