2014 Hansa Class Nationals were hosted by the Waitara Boating Club and completed nine races over the three days of the regatta. Racing was very close in the Liberty and 303 single classes, conditions on day one saw a fresh southeaster testing the sailors and equipment. In the Liberty class Helena Horswell and Wayne South of (RAYC) topped the leader board, and in the 303 class local sailor Bob Knox (WBC) and Ben Geddies (TYPBC) took the lead.
Just one week remains to get your entry in for the 2014 Hansa Class National Championships, to be sailed from 21-23 March at the Waitara Boating Club.
After personally experiencing the transition in sailing as a non-disabled person to one with significant vision impairment, Dave Allerton has led the Taranaki Region and the Waitara Boating Club on a path of inclusion to open the sport to people of all abilities.
Sailability Auckland is hosting a Talent Search Day for new disabled sailors in the Paralympic Class Boats of 2.4m, SKUD and Sonar. No prior sailing experience is required!
Yachting New Zealand is looking to appoint a Disabled Sailing Coordinator.
At Oceanbridge Sail Auckland 2014, six sailors were classified by New Zealand’s new classifier, Helen McKenzie and assisted by International Classifier Stephen Wilson of Australia.
Firstly- you may be wondering what IS a classifier? A classifier is a person with both a sailing and medical background that conducts functional testing on sailors with a physical disability, in order to determine their ‘class’ or points allocation for competition in Paralympic class boats. They are volunteers, like other race officials, and have a structured education pathway not too unsimilar to that of a Judge or Race Officer.
Team Kiwi Gold give their supporters a quick update from December 2013, including information on a 'try sailing' day they will be hosting in their new Sonar sailboats on 18 January 2014.
With just two weeks until the regatta is set to take place, now is the time to have a good read of the Notice of Race for the 2014 Hansa Class National Championships.
Five Hansa Dinghies were a feature of the Napier Sailing Club New Year Regatta in early January, with five dinghies taking to the start line in challenging conditions.