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Australian and Asia-Pacific Access Class Championships start today

by David Staley on 22 Apr 2011
2010 Australian Access Class Championships Graeme Adam
Australian and Asia-Pacific Access Class Championships 2011 are hosted by Royal Perth Yacht Club (RPYC) and are proudly supported by You Pack Removals.

The Championships commence today and will be held concurrently with the Asia-Pacific Championships. The combined events have racing scheduled from Saturday April 23 through Monday April 25.

Competitors have entered from all Australian States except the Northern Territory, along with sailors from New Zealand, Singapore and Japan. Single-person competition 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. Past Paralympic medallists and Access Class Champions are in Perth for the event.

RPYC host the annual State Access Class Championships and have a strong Sailability program. The Club has also conducted a variety of World and Australian Championships over the years for a range of classes, and hosted the 2006 IFDS World Championships.

The State’s premier keelboat club, RPYC is located on the beautiful Swan River close to Perth’s CBD, has a large and accessible clubhouse and a modern floating marina.

Forecast conditions over the racing period are promising, so the class is hopeful of completing a full program of races by Monday. Access Class Royal Perth Yacht Club website

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