IODA Optimist World Championship
31 Oct 14
Switzerland's Nicolas Rolaz has been crowned 2014 Optimist World Champion after a strong week of sail boat racing in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The current status of equipment selected for use at the future Paralympic Sailing Competitions is as follows:
Single-Person Keelboat - 2.4mR through to the 2008 Paralympic Sailing Competition. Evaluation was carried out in 2007 and 2008 on equipment for the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Sailing Competitions.
Two-Person Keelboat - SKUD18 through to the 2012 Paralympic Sailing Competition. Commencing in 2010, evaluation is to be carried out on equipment for the 2016 and 2020 Paralympic Sailing Competitions.
Three-Person Keelboat - Sonar through to the 2008 Paralympic Sailing Competition. Evaluation was carried out in 2007 and 2008 on equipment for the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Sailing Competitions.
The IFDS Equipment Evaluation Commission is being given the task to evaluate equipment for the Paralympic Sailing Competitions.
The IFDS Executive Committee will appoint the members to the Equipment Evaluation Commission. Members will be chosen based on skill, experience and contribution. The concept is to create a small group of experts rather than a large body of representatives each with their own special interests. From a communications standpoint, conference telephone calls, emails and occasional face-to-face meetings are expected. Funds are of course limited so communication via email is typically preferred. Any face-to-face meetings necessary are planned around existing events to minimize or eliminate any costs.