Racing begins today at the IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championship in Rochester, New York, USA.
The Rochester Yacht Club is hosting the eighth edition of the IFDS Disabled Sailing Worlds, the first to feature racing in all three events selected for the 2008 Paralympic Games. Three World Championship tiles are up for grabs in the single-person keelboat 2.4 Metre, two-person keelboat SKUD18 and three-person keelboat Sonar. The IFDS Worlds is also a qualification regatta for the 2008 Paralympic Sailing Competition, with six national places to be decided in each of the three events.
Racing takes place on Lake Ontario, with a 15-race series spread across five racing days. Following on from the Opening Ceremony yesterday evening, racing starts today at 11:00 local time and continues through to Friday 14 September.
Competitors will represent over 20 nations and amongst the crews lining up are defending IFDS World Champions Heiko KRÖGER (GER) in the 2.4 Metre and John ROBERTSON, Hannah STODEL and Stephen THOMAS (GBR), who are aiming for their third consecutive World title in the Sonar.