The purpose of the IFDS classification system is to measure the sailor's ability in order to:
- Enable fair and equitable competition at all levels, for mildly, moderately and severely disabled sailors;
- In some formats, encourage crews of mixed disability, from mild to severe, to compete together and complement each other;
- Only measure functional limitations caused by physical disability;
- Not be affected by the sailing skills, training or talent of the participant.
Find out more by reading the IFDS Functional Classification System & Procedures Manual.
IFDS keeps track of the International Classifications of all sailors that have been International Classified under the IFDS Functional Classification System. These classifications are valid for the Paralympic Quadrennium.
View the 2009-12 Master List.