In perfect conditions on Melbourne's Port Phillip, the first two races of the Para World Sailing Championship were run today by the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria. Winds were steady at around 10 knots and as cloud cover cleared all three course areas were bathed in sunshine.
Mozambique's Maria Mabjaia is just like any other sailor heading to the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships in Langkawi, Malaysia this December. She has a passion, sporting aspirations and dreams that any young sports person would have.
The ISAF Youth Worlds Emerging Nations Program has opened the door for 28 nations to sail at the 2015 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships set to be held from 27 December to 3 January 2016 in Langkawi, Malaysia.
Olympic sailor and World #2 Anna Kjellberg of the Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club is the 2014 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Champion. Together with her crew - Karin Almquist, Vanja Lundberg and Annika Carlunger - the Swede defeated Danish World #1 Camilla Ulrikkeholm (DEN) 3 - 1 in their Scandinavian battle in Cork Harbour, Ireland.
World #2 Anna Kjellberg and compatriot Caroline Sylvan celebrated the Swedish National Day in Cork, Ireland, by advancing to the semi-finals of the 2014 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship, the first event of the 2014 Women's International Match Racing Series (WIM Series).
French Match Racing Champion Anne-Claire Le Berre had a great Thursday on the Irish waters of Cork, winning all of her matches to finish the round-robin stage of the 2014 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship with a 10 - 2 record.
At the end of August ten sailors from six countries, supported by their coaches, attended the first ISAF Paralympic Development Program clinic in Weymouth and Portland, Great Britain.
Led by Betsy Alison, US Sailing Paralympic Coach and Chair of the Disabled Sailing Committee, with support from Matt Grier, Royal Yachting Association Paralympic Development Coach and Jacob Haug, a 2.4mR coach sailors and coaches were put through their paces.
Throughout the clinic sailors benefited from on-water expertise, sailing in the Paralympic one-person keelboat, the 2.4mR, as well as daily on-shore briefings.
World Sailing TV were on-hand to capture the moment and you can view the video here.