Sailors from 24 countries will be racing in Halifax harbour from 19 - 24 August for a chance to win a world championship title at the High Liner Foods International Association for Disabled Sailing Worlds 2014 at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron in Halifax, Canada.
Check-in and measurement starts on 15 August, the opening ceremony takes place on 18 August at 1800 at the Squadron. Acclaimed U.S. sailor, commentator and ISAF Vice-President Gary Jobson will be presenting an award at the opening ceremony.
Sailors will start the championship series on 19 August with two races on each of the three courses scheduled daily until 23 August, depending on the weather. A final championship race is scheduled for 24 August with the World Championship and trophy presentations to follow racing.
Racing will take place off McNabb's Island, Point Pleasant Park and further out the harbour towards Herring Cove. Seventy-seven competitor's boats and many more support vessels will head out from the Squadron each day in the late morning. A total of 176 athletes and coaches are registered for the event. In the 2.4mR class 47 sailors are registered, 14 teams of two are entered in the SKUD-18 competition and 16 teams of three sailors are entered in the Sonar competition.
All three reigning world champions are expected to be here in Halifax to defend their titles - Heiko Kroeger (GER) in the 2.4 mR, Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell (GBR) in the SKUD-18 and Bruno Jourdren, Eric Flageul and Nicolas Vimont-Vicary (FRA) in the Sonar.
The IFDS Worlds are a qualification event for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Sailing Competition, eight Single-Person Keelboat (2.4mR) spots, five Two-Person Keelboat (SKUD18) places and seven Three-Person Keelboat (Sonar) slots will be allocated at the 2014 Worlds for Rio 2016.
The remaining places will be taken at the 2015 IFDS Worlds set to be held in Melbourne, Australia from 26 November - 3 December 2015.
Twitter feeds from the race courses will be available @IFDSWorlds2014
Daily results will be published on our website: www.ifdsworlds2014.ca
Daily video reports on our Facebook page "Disabled Sailing World Championships"