Please select your home edition
Edition
Wildwind 2016 728x90

International 2.4mR World Championships - Helena Lucas prepares

by Volvo Sailing Press on 9 Sep 2013
2013 International 2.4mR World Championships Team Volvo sailor
Helena Lucas, Team Volvo sailor, is gearing up to try to claim another piece of major silverware almost exactly a year after winning the medal that catapulted her into the national spotlight.

Lucas, who became Britain’s first Paralympic sailing gold medalist in winning the 2.4 Metre class at London 2012, is this week competing at the Volvo Car UK-supported 2013 International 2.4mR World Championships at the Poole Yacht Club, Dorset.

Whereas most 2.4mR regattas Lucas competes in every year are exclusively for Paralympic classes’ sailors, the 2.4mR class Worlds is unique in that the event pits able-bodied and disabled sailors against one another on a level playing field.

The boat’s design – a stable keelboat which has the fingertip feel of a dinghy and is insensitive to sailor size - means every competing athlete, regardless of ability, age or gender, has just as much chance of claiming the top Worlds prize.

Lucas admits she loves the unpredictability of the 2.4mR Worlds. She said: 'It gets said so much, but it really is quite a special event. Because of the type of boat the 2.4mR is anyone really can race on a level playing field and this event is all 2.4mR sailors racing side by side for the trophy.

'While in Paralympic classes sailing the boat is one-design, for the Open Worlds you have the flexibility to develop and set the boat up exactly how you want, you can make it as simple or as complicated as you want but the real test comes down to how good a sailor you are, which is why anyone can win.

'It’s such a fun, exciting, tactical boat where you are solely in charge of everything; tactics, boat handling, speed. It’s like racing a little yacht and although when you first start sailing the boat being so close to the water takes some getting used to it’s one of the most fun things about it.

'I think every Open Worlds I’ve done a Paralympic sailor has finished in the top three, which really highlights the point that it’s sailing ability, not physical ability, that’s most important. It’s nothing to do with strength.

'And it’s such a friendly class to be involved in too. It’s not just able-bodied and disabled sailors racing alongside each other, it’s men and women and people aged from 17 to 75 too, and if you’re a good sailor you have just as much chance of winning as anyone else. What other event is like that?'

Helena took time out of her event preparations to sail with local school children as part of National Paralympic Day on Saturday, and she is delighted the positive momentum from last year’s record-breaking Paralympics is still being felt.

She added: 'I can’t believe it’s been a year since London 2012, but I’m really pleased we are finding ways to keep the public engaged and interested in Paralympic sport.

'There is still a really positive feeling around Paralympic sport and it’s fantastic to be able to coincide it with competing in an event where the whole Paralympic ethos of inclusivity is probably underlined better than at any other event.'

Racing at the International 2.4mR World Championships starts on Tuesday 10th September and ends on Friday 13th Event website

Wildwind 2016 660x82Ancasta Ker 33 660x82upffront 660x82

Related Articles

Dateline Rio - Boulevard of Broken Dreams or the Stairway to Heaven?
The Mixed Zone at the Rio Olympic Regatta was certainly true to its name this evening The Mixed Zone at the Rio Olympic Regatta was certainly true to its name this evening, with some of the sailors passing through having seriously improved their regatta, and for others a steep climb to the podium just got steeper.
Posted on 14 Aug
Soft shackles are a win-win
Soft shackles are a fraction of the weight, stronger, safer and have a similar life span as their metal equivalents. Soft shackles are a fraction of the weight, stronger, safer and have a similar life span as their metal equivalents. Generally made of single braid, polyurethane coated Dyneema® SK75 or SK78 with a diamond stopper knot, they can be used to replace virtually every stainless shackle on-board.
Posted on 10 Aug
Dragon Europeans - Coupe Virginie Heriot went to Anatoliy Loginov
The “Big Dragon week” in St.Petersburg YC started in first ten days of June 2016 with the Silver cup practice regatta The “Big Dragon week” in St.Petersburg YC started in the first ten days of June 2016 with the Silver cup practice regatta for dozen of early birds that arrived at the Europeans venue to train.
Posted on 10 Aug
J/111 Garmin World Championship – Final day
After a thrilling final day, JElvis held off a strong challenge from Peter Wagner's Skeleton Key to take the world title The final day of racing delivered two windward leeward races in a southwesterly gradient breeze. Once again, enhanced by thermal breeze the wind speed piped up to 20 knots, giving thrilling conditions to the fleet. In the pre-start to the penultimate race, Skeleton Key engaged JElvis, with the two combatants weaving through the fleet.
Posted on 4 Aug
Royal Thames Academy wins the Etchells Invitational Gertrude Cup
Over the practice day, we worked hard at getting a good approach to the start line and some solid boat handling routines Given our inexperience in the boats, we were somewhat surprised to find ourselves leading the first race, having had a great start combined with some fast sailing and smart tactics up the first beat.
Posted on 4 Aug
RTYC Etchells Invitational Gertrude Cup – Final day
Last day began in a building nine to 10 knot SW breeze with the front runners in the fleet sharing top five positions The last day began in a building nine to 10 knot SW breeze with the front runners in the fleet sharing the top five positions in the morning race. A win for Tom Carruthers (San Diego), second place for Chris Hampton (Melbourne) and third place for Jan Muysken (Abu Dhabi) meant that there was literally nothing in it overall
Posted on 4 Aug
Cowes Etchells Invitational Regatta - Wrap-up
The Cowes Etchells Invitational Regatta finished up today with the Royal Thames Yacht Club Youth Academy The Cowes Etchells Invitational Regatta finished up today with the Royal Thames Yacht Club Youth Academy beating a fleet of far more experienced Etchells teams to take the Gertrude Cup.
Posted on 4 Aug
Leaders emerge on Day 3 of the J/111 Garmin World Championship
In race two the wind speed was well into red zone. A southwesterly buster put the fleet back in 30knot wipe out arena. In the second race the wind speed was well into the red zone. A southwesterly buster put the J/111s back in the 30 knot wipe out arena. The last race of the day was a three hour coastal and despite the strong winds and vicious short chop, less than 3%, separated runner up from tenth.
Posted on 3 Aug
Flying Dutchmen win big on Day 2 of J/111 Garmin World Championship
Gusts of wind topping out at close to 30 knots, and a building sea state, created highly challenging conditions. The Eastern Solent was frothing up all morning and by race-time a full on foam up created thrilling downwind action for the world championship fleet. There were broaches a plenty as the teams pushed themselves to the limits.
Posted on 2 Aug
J/111 Garmin World Championship - Three winners on Day 1
Seven nations have entered J/111 Garmin World Championship for close one design racing and first day did not disappoint 2016 J/111 Garmin World Championship - Seven nations have entered the J/111 Garmin World Championship for close one design racing and the first day did not disappoint, with three different winners, with all races decided by less than 30 seconds.
Posted on 2 Aug