Access Worlds in Sydney top strengthened Australian schedule for 2012

Three SKUDs in action against Bridge and Opera House backdrop. Photo David Staley - Access Class World & International Championships
David Staley - copyright
The Australian Access Class Association is working with yacht clubs and State Sailability Associations to stage six class championships in 2012. The regatta season kicks off on the 15th January with the inaugural Tasmanian Access Class Championship, to be hosted by Derwent Sailing Squadron in cooperation with Sailability Tasmania.

The climax of the Access regatta season will be the Access Class World & International Championships, to be hosted by Middle Harbor Yacht Club, with the support of Sailability Middle Harbor, Sailability NSW, Macquarie Group Foundation and the NSW Government. This is the first time that the Access Worlds have been staged in Australia.

The waterways around MHYC will be busy this summer with the NSW championships, an AACA National Coaching Clinic, culminating in the Worlds. IACA Executive Officer David Staley is expecting around 120 sailors to be competing in Access 2.3, 303, Liberty and SKUD 18.

For the Access Worlds and the coaching programs that precede the racing, the AACA and MHYC are looking to charter Access boats and safety boats. Details from the event website or by emailing David Staley Volunteers are sought in a variety of areas. Contact is Commodore Julie Holder

Internationally, 2012 is a big year with the London Paralympic Sailing Competition being staged from 1–6 September at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, UK. Australian teams in each of the classes - SKUD, Sonar and 2.4mR - will be competing for medals.

In accordance with the Paralympic selection timetable, Yachting Australia will nominate team members to the Australian Paralympic Committee during the month of February unless the window is specifically extended for a particular class. A number of elite sailors who have come through the Sailability system are vying for selection.

Major sailing events 2012

15-16 January
Tasmanian Access Class Championship
Derwent Sailing Squadron

26th January
Australia Day Regatta
Manly Yacht Club/Sailability Manly - Access 303s

27th January.
Coaching Clinic for State Championships competitors
Middle Harbour Yacht Club

January 28 & 29
New South Wales Access Class Championships
Middle Harbour Yacht Club with Sailability Manly

3-4 March
South Australian Sailability Championships
Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club

11 March
‘Be Active’ West Australian Access Class Championship
Royal Perth Yacht Club

17-18 March
Victorian Access Class Championships
Lysterfield Sailing Club,

24/25 March 2012
Special Olympics ACT Games Regatta,
Sponsor Bendigo Bank, hosted by Sailability ACT
Lake Tuggeranong

4-5 April
AACA National Coaching Clinic
Middle Harbour Yacht Club
(Supported by bequest from the late Jim Brown)

7-13 April
Access Class World & International Championships
Middle Harbour Yacht Club

1–6 September
2012 Paralympic Sailing Competition
WPNSA, Portland, UK

September tba
IFDS Blind Match Racing (Homerus) Worlds GBR, RNCYC,
Rhu, Helensburgh, Scotland

27-28 October
Special Olympics ACT Multi Sports Mini-Games
Sponsor Bendigo Bank, hosted by Sailability ACT. Lake Tuggeranong.

17/18 November
Special Olympics ACT Race and competition training hosted by
Sailability ACT, Lake Tuggeranong

* Sailability Australia is the Australian arm of the international Sailability movement, with eight state or territory Sailability associations and some 65 branches/programs nationally. Australian sailors with disabilities are represented nationally by delegates on Yachting Australia’s Sailability Committee (nominated by State Yachting Associations) and internationally through Yachting Australia’s membership of Sailability World, the International Association for Disabled Sailing (IFDS) and the Australian Paralympic Committee.