The IFDS YES Europe Conference has been made possible through the 'European Year of Education Through Sport', which has provided IFDS with a grant. The International Paralympic Committee and International Sailing Federation have also supported the Conference. The IFDS YES Europe Conference has also taken the theme 'European Year of Youth and Trans-national Co-operation' which focuses on working together across national border for the future of our sport - the youth.
Co-incidentally, Friday 3 December is the United Nations Day of Disabled People - which is focusing on widening disability awareness and improving life for disabled people.
This event is a first for IFDS, and only made possible by EU grant and co-operation of all delegates.
Today's workshops are focusing on:
Leading experts from disabled sailing will chair each workshop, which will be followed by a question and answer session.
The overriding message this morning from the IFDS was that Sailing for people with disabilities is possible regardless of age or disability. 'Sailing is a sport for all, and a sport for life.'
ISAF will bring you reports throughout the Conference.