Tuesday, 07 January 2014 00:00

Boats Needed for IFDS Worlds 2014

Organizers for the World championships for disabled sailing which will take place at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron next August are looking for some boats in addition to many volunteers in various roles.

The RNSYS is home club of Paul Tingley, Gold medal winner at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. An organizing committee headed by former club commodore Heather Robertson has already been working for months to prepare for the 200+ IFDS sailors who will come to Nova Scotia from more than 30 countries. Among the organizers are Nova Scotians Brian Todd, an executive member of the IFDS board and Rob Williams, an international race officer.

An immediate need to find enough inflatable boats has been identified by committee member Chris Shaw. He is marshalling all the on-water assets and is looking for any 14’ or larger inflatable boats that could be made available to the regatta from August 15th to 24th, 2014. If you have a boat that might be suitable for use, please email either Chris Shaw [email protected] or his fellow committee member Stephen Dauphinee [email protected]

The racing schedule for the IFDS Worlds is set to run Aug. 18-24th. The Notice of Race is already posted on the event’s website . When registration opens, Nova Scotians who want to volunteer are encouraged to register through the website.

Racing will take place in 2.4 mR, Skud 18s and Sonars.   Many sailors are expected to arrive earlier to train and take part in preliminary competitions. The Skud 18 North Americans and the 2.4mR Pre-worlds Provisional competitions are set to take place Aug. 9-11th also at the RNSYS.

The Club’s facilities’ were upgraded last summer when RNSYS hosted the Canadian disabled sailing championship – the Mobility Cup. More work is scheduled to be completed in advance of the IFDS Worlds. RNSYS has been hosting world-class events for years. This one is designed as a pre-qualifier for the next Paralympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.