Fraglia Vela Malcesine, Italy will host the first of two Para World Sailing equipment evaluations from 7-8 May 2016 with the aim of choosing two new classes to increase participation in disabled sailing. Following the announcement that sailing was not to feature in the Paralympic program at Tokyo 2020, World Sailing and the Para World Sailing Committee have been working tirelessly to reinstate the sport for the Paralympic Games of 2024. These evaluations are essential in choosing new equipment to help satisfy the criteria laid out by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) where previously disabled sailing has fallen short. The main focus of the evaluations will be to choose equipment that can increase participation in developed and emerging nations so that a stronger grass roots program is available to disabled athletes world-wide, which will lead to higher participation at the elite level. The Hansa 303 and Liberty are two of the boats chosen for this evaluation.
More information can be found on the World Sailing Website – www.sailing.org