sail-world.com -- Access Class Asia-Pacific Championships now underway
Access Class Asia-Pacific Championships now underway
Sat, 30 Mar 2013
The 2013 Australian Access Class Championships get underway at Canberra Yacht Club today and will be held concurrently with the Asia-Pacific Championships. The combined events have racing scheduled from Saturday through Monday.
Part of the celebration of Canberra’s Centenary, the Championships were officially opened yesterday by Federal Sports Minister Kate Lundy.
Competitors have travelled to Canberra from all over Australia, along with competitors New Zealand and Japan. Single-person racing is being held in the Access 2.3, 303 and Liberty classes. Two-person competition will be in the Access 303 and SKUD 18.
Whilst conducted as an open event, the majority of sailors competing in the Access Championships have some form of disability, many using wheelchairs for mobility ashore. But once afloat, their speed and tactics match any able-bodied competitor. 2012 Paralympic Gold Medalists Dan Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch are competing - and inspiring the next generation of developing sailors in the process.
In the practice racing today, light and shifting winds provided a challenge for the sailors – something they expect more of during the three days of championships races to follow.
Race Officer Phil Yeomans is leading a race management team of volunteers from Canberra Yacht Club and a variety of New South Wales clubs.
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