There is a total athlete quota of 80 sailors, with at least twelve and no more than 68 of this total being either male or female. Each nation can be allocated no more than one slot per event with a maximum of 14 slots for the 2.4 Metre, twelve for the SKUD18 and 14 for the Sonar. The 2.4 Metre, SKUD18 and Sonar are open to male and female athletes, but in the SKUD18 at least one of the two crew must be female.
If any of the qualification slots are not confirmed for usage by 4 April 2008, the International Association for Disabled Sailing (IFDS) may redistribute these amongst the other two events.
The qualification methods for the 2008 Paralympic Games are:
- 2006 IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships
Perth, Australia, 15-29 January
Single-Person Keelboat, Three-Person Keelboat
- 2007 IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships
Rochester, USA, 7-15 September
Single-Person Keelboat, Two-Person Keelboat, Three-Person Keelboat
- 2008 IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships
In the case that the 2007 Worlds are not held or the required number of race are not completed (in accordance with IFDS rules), then the qualification slots will be retroactively redistributed to the 2006 Worlds.
By 21 March 2008 IFDS will confirm in writing to National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) the allocation of the qualification slots and NPCs then have until 4 April to confirm to IFDS the use of the allocated slots.
To view the Qualification Guide CLICK HERE.
Qualification System Principles
|2006 IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships||Single-Person Keelboat||7 top nations qualify||7 athletes (7 boats)|
|Three-Person Keelboat||7 top nations qualify||21 athletes (7 boats)|
|2007 IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships||Single-Person Keelboat||6 top nations qualify||6 athletes (6 boats)|
|Two-Person Keelboat||6 top nations qualify||12 athletes (6 boats)|
|Three-Person Keelboat||6 top nations qualify||18 athletes (6 boats)|
|2008 IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships||Two-Person Keelboat||5 top nations qualify||10 athletes (5 boats)|
|Host Country Allocation||Single-Person Keelboat||Host nation directly qualifies||1 athlete (1 boat)|
|Two-Person Keelboat||Host nation directly qualifies||2 athletes (1 boat)|
|Three-Person Keelboat||Host nation directly qualifies||3 athletes (1 boat)|
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games Qualified Nations
|2006 IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships||Single-Person Keelboat||Germany, Great Britain, Norway, Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand|
|Three-Person Keelboat||Great Britain, Germany, Norway, Australia, Israel, Ireland, Canada|
|2007 IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships||Single-Person Keelboat|
|2008 IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships||Two-Person Keelboat|
|Host Country Allocation||Single-Person Keelboat||China|
Qualified Nations Per Event
|Single-Person Keelboat||Two-Person Keelboat||Three-Person Keelboat|
|2. 4 Metre||SKUD18||Sonar|
|(14 slots)||(12 slots)||(14 slots)|
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