Please select your home edition
SailGP_Technologies_Metal_1456x180 TOP

Para World Sailing Championship 2022 at Hiroshima, Japan

by World Sailing 25 Oct 2022 04:27 PDT 20-23 October 2022
Para World Sailing Championship 2022 in Hiroshima, Japan © World Sailing

Japan welcomes athletes from 13 countries to history-making Para World Sailing Championship in Hiroshima

Japan is celebrating after hosting its first simultaneous Para World Sailing Championship with the Hansa Class Asia Pacific Championship in Hiroshima, marking a major step forward for diversity and inclusion after the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

A total of 114 athletes from 13 countries across Asia, Europe, Oceania, Middle East and North and South America raced in the Para World Sailing Championship (Hansa 303 male and female, and Liberty classes) and Asia Pacific Championship (Hansa 303 single and double, Hansa 2.3 single and Liberty) on 20-23 October.

Host nation Japan had several reasons to celebrate this breakthrough event at the fully accessible Hiroshima Kannon Marina, including five medals secured by host nation athletes.

Takumi Niwa, 27, representing the Tokyo Para Sports Federation, took bronze in the Hansa 303 men's single class in both Championships.

"Japan has finally been recognised on the world Para Sailing stage," Niwa explained.

"Now, as a nation - and as we look to the next Paralympic Games in Los Angeles - we have a major opportunity to strengthen the Japanese team."

Japan's Para Sailing focus

World Sailing has been working closely with Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida and local Para sports and education organisations, mapping a course for Para Sailing in Asia.

After Kishida made an impassioned speech on the role of Para Sailing in creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive society at the Championships launch event earlier this year, the Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture Hidehiko Yuzaki and Mayor of Hiroshima City Kazumi Matsui welcomed athletes on race day on the shores of the scenic Seto Inland Sea.

Special Race Awards - young ambition

Alongside the eight podiums for these Championships (see full race results below), four Special Race Awards were granted to athletes to celebrate the history-making event.

The Best Junior Award went to 11-year-old skipper Ryohei Sasaki of Sailability Takamatsu - testament to the growing global popularity of Para Sailing amongst young people around the world.

Competing in the Hansa 303 doubles, he faced off against highly experienced sailors including the gold medal winning pair Christopher Symonds/Manuela Klinger of Australia (see Special Award winners below).

Para Sailing breaks Development record

World Sailing also staged a four-day Para Sailing Development Program (PDP) before the Para World Sailing Championship, celebrating yet another milestone - reaching 45 countries in less than six years since the program's creation in January 2017.

LA28 Paralympic focus in Japan

With World Sailing now just three months away from knowing if the International Paralympic Committee will look favourably on its #BacktheBid campaign for sailing to be reinstated in the Los Angeles 2028 Paralympic Games, Masuhiro Baba, President of the Japan Sailing Federation and President of the dual Championships, underlined the uniqueness of Para Sailing:

"Sailing is an inclusive sport that anyone can enjoy regardless of gender, age or ability.

"These Championships are powerful - we are spreading the appeal of sailing to the world, increasing its value as a lifelong sport and showing that Para Sailing can help create an inclusive society that recognises diversity."

Overall Results: (full results can be found here)

2022 Hansa Class Asia Pacific Championship

Hansa 2.3 Single
1st place: Allister Peek (Australia)
2nd place: Kei Eshima (Sailability Enoshima)
3rd place: Wataru Sueda (Constant Wind)

Hansa 303 Single
1st place: Piotr Cichocki (Poland)
2nd place: Gauthier Bril (France)
3rd place: Takumi Niwa (Tokyo Para Sports Federation)

Hansa 303 Double
1st place: Christopher Symonds/Manuela Klinger (Australia)
2nd place: Piotr Cichocki/Olga Górnas-Grudzien (Poland)
3rd place: Raphael Bizieux/Gauthier Bril (France)

1st place: Bob Schahinger (Australia)
2nd place: Vera Voorbach (Netherlands)
3rd place: Cristina Rubke (USA)

Liberty Servo
1st place: Vera Voorbach (Netherlands)
2nd place: Cristina Rubke (USA)
3rd place: Ryo Sasaki (Sailability Hiroshima)

Para World Sailing Championship

Hansa 303 Single Men
1st place: Piotr Cichocki (Poland)
2nd place: Gauthier Bril (France)
3rd place: Takumi Niwa (Tokyo Para Sports Federation)

Hansa 303 Single Women
1st place: Olga Górnas-Grudzien (Poland)
2nd place: Miray Ulas (Turkey)
3rd place: Alison Weatherly (Australia)

1st place: Vera Voorbach (Netherlands)
2nd place: Cristina Rubke (USA)
3rd place: John Buchanan (New Zealand)

Special Race Awards

  • Effort Award: Charin Saleesongsom (Thailand) participated in all Hansa races for the first time in Japan.
  • Best Female Award: Yoko Yagi (Piccola Club) narrowly missed a medal in hansa 2.3 singles, finishing fourth.
  • Best Junior Award: Ryohei Sasaki (Sailability Takamatsu) competed in Hansa 303 doubles as an 11-year-old skipper.
  • Best Improvement Award: Ibrahim Kalay (Turkey) made remarkable progress during the tournament.

Related Articles

World Sailing statement on the Ukraine situation
Regarding Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials Following the Mid-Year Meeting of the World Sailing Council, the World Sailing Board has met to consider the return of Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials in response to guidance for International Federations from the IOC. Posted on 23 May
World Sailing Show goes behind the scenes
At SailGP season 3 finale, then talk to Rolex World Sailors of the Year May's World Sailing Show focuses on Tom Slingsby's Team Australia in San Francisco as SailGP season three honours are decided. Posted on 22 May
Steering the Course festival opens
Sailing clubs around the world unite to shape pathways for women World Sailing kicked off the third edition of its global women's sailing festival, Steering the Course, with clubs around the world showing the full range of opportunities for women in the sport. Posted on 19 May
Training courses for women - Registrations opened
For women's coaching, officiating and instructor clinics World Sailing is inviting MNAs, Events, Class Associations and Sailing Clubs to register for training courses designed to broaden the skills of women in sailing as part of this year's Steering the Course global women's sailing festival. Posted on 20 Apr
World Sailing issues statement
Regarding individual Russian or Belarusian athletes and support personnel World Sailing welcomes the new guidance from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board, recommending the Conditions of Participation for individual athletes and support personnel with a Russian or Belarusian passport. Posted on 14 Apr
World Sailing appoints Para World Sailing Manager
Hannah Stodel will oversee the promotion and development of Para Sailing World Sailing has appointed four-time British Paralympian Hannah Stodel as the new Para World Sailing Manager. Hannah will oversee the promotion and development of Para Sailing with the objective of achieving reinstatement to the Paralympic Games. Posted on 27 Mar
Olympic Virtual Sailing to start on 17th March
Competition in the Olympic Esports Series 2023 will take place over two categories World Sailing and Virtual Regatta have joined forces once again to offer players from around the world the opportunity to test themselves against the best and become an Olympic Esports Series winner as part of the IOC Olympic Esports Series 2023. Posted on 1 Mar
Greenboats wins World Sailing Sustainability Award
Friedrich J. Deimann received the bespoke trophy from the Sail Africa Youth Development Foundation German boatbuilders Greenboats has received the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award in recognition for their game-changing design that has been proven to lower emissions and increase the lifespan of high-performance racing yachts. Posted on 27 Feb
World Sailing's first development program in Sudan
With support from the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Olympic Solidarity fund World Sailing has taken another step forward in its goal to grow sailing in Africa with the delivery of its first ever sailing development programme in Sudan with support from the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Olympic Solidarity fund. Posted on 17 Feb
World Sailing's Steering the Course 2023
Aiming to shape a pathway for women within the sport World Sailing has announced that the 2023 edition of its annual women's sailing festival, Steering the Course, will aim to introduce female sailors to the sport by highlighting the many different pathways and careers available in sailing. Posted on 14 Feb
Rooster 2023 - Aquafleece - FOOTERT Clewring J-class 728x90 BOTTOMHella Dual Colour Floodlights - 728 x 90px - 004 gif Bottom