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20 May 2004, 12:21 pm
Nations Confirmed for 2004 Paralympic Sailing Competition
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2004 Paralympic Games
Athens

Sixteen nations will participate at the 2004 Paralympic Sailing Competition in Athens, Greece, with racing from 18-23 September 2004.
Based on the Paralympic Qualification System, 15 nations have qualified in the Three-Person Keelboat - Sonar and 16 in the Single-Person Keelboat - 2.4mR.

IFDS is currently receiving confirmation from the National Paralympic Committees on the athletes who will represent their nation, but based on information received so far the Sydney Silver Medallists in the Sonar Class, helmed by Jens Kroker (GER) will be back to defend their title. Australia, who claimed the Gold Medal in Sydney will defend their title in 2004 as will the Canadians the Bronze medal, but crews are yet to be confirmed.

Over in the 2.4mR, the Sydney Gold Medallist Heiko KROGER (GER) will be in Athens, as will Bronze medallist Tom BROWN (USA). Denmark who claimed the Silver medal has qualified for the 2.4mR event, but are yet to confirm their athlete.

Sonar 2.4mR
Nation Three Person Keelboat Single Person Keelboat
Australia 2002 2002
Canada 2002 2003
Czech Republic
Denmark 2002
Finland 2003
France 2002
Great Britain 2002 2003
Germany 2002 2002
Greece HOST HOST
Ireland 2002 2002
Israel 2002
Italy 2003
Japan 2003 2003
Netherlands 2003 2002
Norway 2002 2002
Poland 2003
Singapore 2003 2003
Spain 2003 2003
Sweden 2003
USA 2002 2002
Total Nations 15 16


For the first time, the Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games will also be responsible for organizing the Paralympic Games, thus ensuring a continuity and smooth running operation.

The competition schedule for sailing runs over 5 days, with the first day of racing commencing the day after the Paralympic Opening Ceremony:

Day 1 - Saturday 18 September
Start: 13:00 End: 17:00
Mixed 2.4mR (1-Person) - Open Race 1
Mixed 2.4mR (1-Person) - Open Race 2
Mixed Sonar (3-Person) - Open Race 1
Mixed Sonar (3-Person) - Open Race 2
Day 2 - Sunday 19 September
Start: 13:00 End: 17:00
Mixed 2.4mR (1-Person) - Open Race 3
Mixed 2.4mR (1-Person) - Open Race 4
Mixed Sonar (3-Person) - Open Race 3
Mixed Sonar (3-Person) - Open Race 4
Day 3 - Monday 20 September
Start: 13:00 End: 17:00
Mixed Sonar (3-Person) - Open Race 5
Mixed Sonar (3-Person) - Open Race 6
Day 4 - Tuesday 21 September
Start: 13:00 End: 17:00
Mixed 2.4mR (1-Person) - Open Race 5
Mixed 2.4mR (1-Person) - Open Race 6
Day 5 - Wednesday 22 September
Start: 13:00 End: 17:00
Mixed 2.4mR (1-Person) - Open Race 7
Mixed 2.4mR (1-Person) - Open Race 8
Mixed Sonar (3-Person) - Open Race 7
Mixed Sonar (3-Person) - Open Race 8
Day 6 - Thursday 23 September
Start: 13:00 End: 20:30
Mixed 2.4mR (1-Person) - Open Race 9
Mixed Sonar (3-Person) - Open Race 9
Mixed 2.4mR (1-Person) - Open Medal Cer.
Mixed Sonar (3-Person) - Open Medal Cer.


Comprehensive information on the Paralympic Sailing Competition is available on the ISAF 2004 Paralympics microsite via the link below.
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