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19 December 2006, 10:35 am
Inaugural Combined World Championships Set for 2007
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International Access Class Association News
Whitby, Canada

he Inaugural Combined Access Class World Championships will be hosted by the Whitby Yacht Club of Ontario, Canada, from 30 August to 5 September 2007.
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The Whitby Yacht Club has a 300 boat marina in a protected harbour located 48km east of Toronto on Lake Ontario. The town of Whitby has a population of 115,000 and a full range of visitor facilities with a range of accessible accommodation.

Whitby Yacht Club has welcomed the opportunity to host the Inaugural Combined World Championships.

'I am proud to announce the hosting of the Inaugural World Access Championships for 2007', said Commodore Ron MEULEMAN.

'It is with great pleasure that the International Access Class Association and the Whitby Yacht Club have partnered in this exciting venue. Our club has been host to many exciting Regattas and we are pleased to add the Access Championships as one of our premier programs'.

'We will be working closely with the Association over the next several months and will be posting details of this event on our Web site', said the Commodore.

This is the first combined World Championships for the popular Access classes and there will be both single and two-person divisions for the Access 2.3 and 303, along with the single person Liberty and two-person SKUD18. The structure of the 2.3 and 303 fleets will enable newcomers to the sport to also compete in this significant event.

SKUD 18 sailors will have a condensed racing program to help them prepare for the IFDS Combined World Sailing Championships being held from 7 September in Rochester, New York, USA. Rochester is within four hours traveling from Whitby.

The Access 2.3 is an ISAF International Class, whilst the 303 and Liberty are ISAF Recognized Classes. There is a growing number of Access 2.3 and 303 fleets throughout North America. The SKUD 18 has been selected as the two-person equipment for the 2008 Paralympic Sailing Competition in Qingdao, China, and the new boat is actively sailed in Canada and the USA. There are over 1500 Access Class boats sailing around the world.

'The Association is very excited about this event', said IACA President Terry PEEK.

'Whilst the world-wide fleet numbers for the Access classes have been developing over nearly a decade, it was only last year that the International Access Class Association was formed and affiliated with ISAF', he said.

'We look forward to most of the 19 nations in which Access classes are sailed being represented at the Inaugural Championships in Canada. The Association is delighted that the Whitby Yacht Club will host the event and we are confident it will be a great success and model for future championships', said Mr PEEK.

David STALEY (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Access2.3 in action at the Australian Championships 2006 © Graeme ADAM
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