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6 May 2015 2015 French Hansa Class Championships at Yacht Club de Mèze - FRA
6 May 2015 UK TT Series commences at Burghfield - GBR
10 Apr 2015 Hansa 303 and Liberty to sail again in Belgium - BEL
6 Apr 2015 Symonds, Hamilton & Thorpe lead Australian Hansa Championships - AUS
24 Feb 2015 Inaugural Dutch Hansa Class Championships - NED
4 Feb 2015 IHCA communication with IPC about Paralympic Sailing
5 Sep 2014 2015 European Hansa Class Championships - GBR
1 Feb 2015 Fitzgibbon & Tesch win ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami in SKUD 18 - USA
24 Nov 2014 2016 Hansa Class Worlds to be held in Medemblik - NED
 

2015 French Hansa Class Championships at Yacht Club de Mèze - FRA


2015 French Championships at Meze
YCM Media, Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Entry is open for the 2015 French Hansa Class Championships being held at Yacht Club de Mèze from 5th-7th June. Invited classes are the 2.3, 303 singles & doubles and Liberty.

Entries must be received by May 25th and entry form, NOR and more information are available via the attached link.

 

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 2015 French Championships information

 

UK TT Series commences at Burghfield - GBR


The Burghfield TT kicked off the 2015 TT Series
Photograph:Alex Irwin
Simon Smith, Burghfield Sailing Club, Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Tuesday 28 April 2015 was forecast to be a spectacular day for sailing which turned out to be accurate! The weather gods were clearly on the side of the 27 Hansa entries with almost non-stop sunshine and fair moderate wind from the west.

27 entries was a record for Burghfield Sailing Club. A slight downside to having this number of entries was that having one hoist it took longer than expected to get everyone afloat.

A trapezoid course was set, which through the steadiness of the wind meant that it didn't need to be changed or adjusted throughout the four races.

Entries within the fleet were very similar. Hansa 2.3: 4 Entries, Hansa 303 one person: 7 Entries, Hansa 303 two person: 7 Entries, Liberty: 9 Entries.

Two races were held back to back in the morning, followed by lunch and two more races back to back in the afternoon.

Lindsay Burns dominated the 2.3 fleet winning the first 3 races, James Woosnam dominated the 303 one person fleet with a 3rd and three firsts, Peter Etherton and Peta Etherton won the highly contested 303 Double fleet with five points from Andy Sheath / Kate Lintott and Martin Hadley / Steve Kitson who both scored seven points. David Durston won the Liberty fleet with three firsts.

As many will know Burghfield SC is located next to the M4 Motorway. Adjacent to the club was where the cement lorry had its accident and deposited many tons of fast setting cement onto the road. The Motorway had to be shut and wasn't due to be reopened until the following day. The consequence was that ALL the local roads were log jammed at going home time.

Despite this everyone thoroughly enjoyed the event and we at BSC look forward to welcoming the Hansa fleets again next year.

Overall Results: (top three)

Hansa 2.3
1. Lindsay Burns (Frensham)
2. Martin Stone (Burghfield)
3. Paul Kingston Frensham

Hansa 303-one person
1. James Woosnam (Frensham)
2. Kate Hedley (Frensham)
3. Leslie Phillip (Tideway-London)

Hansa 303-two person
1. Peter Etherton and Peta Etherton (Frensham)
2. Andy Sheath and Kate Lintott (Frensham)
3. Martin Hadley and Steven Kitson (New Forest)

Liberty
1. David Durston (Whitefriars)
2. Melvin Kinear (Tideway-London)
3. Paul Philips (Frensham)

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 Full Results
 HCA(UK) Website

 

Hansa 303 and Liberty to sail again in Belgium - BEL


Flanders Sailability Cup at Mol
Photograph:Sailability Vlaanderen
David Staley, Friday, 10 April 2015

The Notice of Race for the second Flanders Sailability Cup has been released by Sailability Vlaanderen.

The regatta is for the Hansa 303 and Liberty classes and will be sailed on the Zilvermeerhaven “Port Aventura”, in Mol, Belgium from May 23-25.

 

Other Links
 Event Website
 Notice of Race

 

Symonds, Hamilton & Thorpe lead Australian Hansa Championships - AUS


Chris Symonds leads the Hansa 303 single person and two person divisions after two days
Shauna Phillips - AHCA, Derwent Sailing Squadron, Monday, 6 April 2015

Showers and light, inconsistent winds frustrated competitors and race officials on Day 2 of the Australian Hansa Class Championships

The Hansa 2.3 fleet and the 303 Doubles were the first sailors on the water in the morning session with both divisions completing 3 races.

In the Doubles, Wynyard sailors Chris Symonds and Neal Rodwell continued their good form to take the first two races, however they failed to make it a perfect scorecard for the regatta, coming third in the last race behind Victoria’s Bruce James and Christine Elliott and South Australia’s Paul Linden and Kenneth Hibbert. The Wynyard pair’s dominance on the first day puts them 6 points clear of the Victorians, with the South Australian pair a clear third.

In the 2.3 division, there was a change to the leaderboard, with overnight leader Allister Peek having to settle for two seconds and a third in the day’s three races, dropping him into second place overall. Winning the first two races of the day, Victoria’s Mark Thorpe now holds a one point lead over the Canberran. Launceston’s Rob Eadie – who notched up his second win for the regatta by taking out the last race – is a further two points behind in third place.

By the afternoon session, the wind had lightened further, causing postponements and frustration for those on the course, and allowing only the completion of two races.

In the Hansa 303 singles, it was again Chris Symonds on top of the leaderboard. Symonds took out both the day’s races from Victoria’s Bruce James with South Australia’s Kenneth Hibbert and another Wynyard sailor, Michael Darby, tied for third place.

The Liberty division is looking very close, with many experienced campaigners in the fleet. NSW sailor Bob Hamilton has taken the lead by 1 point from South Australia’s Jocelyn Neumueller, who scored two bullets today to move her into second place, tied with fellow South Australian Bob Schahinger.

Competitors will be hoping for better winds on the final day of competition.

Day 1 Report

 

The first day of racing has been completed at the 2015 Australian Hansa Class National Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron.

Following rigging and a practice race on Friday, the regatta was officially opened on Friday night by the Speaker of the Tasmanian House of Assembly - The Hon Elise Archer MP.  Ms Archer, representing the Premier & Minister for Sport, welcomed competitors to Tasmania from around Australia and praised the Class Association for the open and inclusive nature of the regatta. Chris Symonds - Acting President of Sailability Tasmania - and Russell Phillips - President of the Australian Hansa Class Association - also welcomed the competitors, before race officer Gilbert Leitch gave the competitors a final briefing.

The first day of racing was started in light conditions, with competitors in the Hansa 303 singles and Liberty divisions first to take to the course. With 19 entrants, the 303 singles is the largest fleet in the regatta with several competitors later picking up a crew to also sail in the 303 doubles races.

Wynyard Yacht Club’s Chris Symonds showed why he is the reigning Australian Hansa 303 singles champion, by taking out all three of the today’s races to take a solid lead over fellow Wynyard sailor Michael Darby, with South Australia’s Kenneth Hibbert one point behind in third place.

Results were much closer in the Liberty fleet, with victories in the three races shared between three different competitors. Victoria’s Cadeyrn Gaskin won the first race from South Australia’s Bob Schahinger with Alyse Saxby from NSW in third. Schahinger then took the second race from fellow South Australian Jocelyn Neumueller and Victoria’s Krista Bailey then Bob Hamilton from NSW took out the last race of the day from Victorian pair Russell Phillips and Cadeyrn Gaskin. Bob Schahinger leads Gaskin by one point at the end of the first day’s racing.

Following a short break for lunch and crew changes, the Hansa 2.3 and 303 Doubles fleets took to the course. Launceston sailor Rob Eadie took out the first race of the day from the reigning Australian 2.3 Champion, Allister Peek from the ACT, who came back to win the remaining two races. Victoria’s Mark Thorpe sailed consistently across the day for second place in all three races, leaving Peek one point in front of Thorpe with Eadie a point further back in third place at the end of racing.

In the Hansa 303 Doubles division it was again Wynyard Yacht Club’s Chris Symonds leading the pack. Teaming up with Neal Rodwell, the pair took three bullets to put them four points clear of South Australian pair Paul Linden and Kenneth Hibbert with another SA team of Patricia Faulkner and David Smallacombe in third place.

More light winds are forecast for the second day of racing.

More Information...

Full results can be found on the Derwent Sailing Squadron website – www.dssinc.org.au

For further information refer to the event websites – www.dssinc.org.au and AHCA – http://www.ahca.sportingpulse.net

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2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron

2015 Hansa Class Australian Championships at Derwent Sailing Squadron
 

Inaugural Dutch Hansa Class Championships - NED

David Staley, Tuesday, 24 February 2015

The Inaugural Open Dutch Hansa Class Championship will be held in June.

Organized by the Dutch Hansa Class Association (Hansa Klasse Nederland) in conjunction with the Royal Netherlands Watersports Association (RNWA), the championships will be held from 12 to 14 June in Zeewolde.  The Hansa 2.3, Hansa 303 and Liberty classes are invited.

This is the first time a National Championships has been conducted for the Hansa classes in Holland and the event comes just a year ahead of the 2016 Combined World & International Championships being held in Medemblik.

The Notice of Race for the Dutch Championships can be downloaded below.

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 Notice of Race
 Hansa Klasse Nederland
 2016 Hansa Worlds in Holland


Liberty racing in the Netherlands

Vera Voorbach (NED) will sail full servo at the 2012 Worlds in Sydney
 

IHCA communication with IPC about Paralympic Sailing

IHCA, Wednesday, 4 February 2015

On February 3, 2015, IHCA President Brendan Tourelle wrote to President Sir Philip Craven and members of the International Paralympic Committee Governing Board about their recent decision to omit sailing from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Sports program.

While pointing out this will have a devastating impact on current and aspiring Paralympic sailor, he also noted the negative effects on national programs for sailors with disabilities that will have a flow-on impacts at a provincial and local level.

He noted that Hansa class boats (the Hansa 2.3, Hansa 303, Liberty & SKUD 18) are actively sailed in 32 nations across 4 IPC regions, and that the global distribution of the Hansa classes alone appears to satisfy the IPC Handbook's requirements for individual and team sports.

President Tourelle requested that IPC urgently review its decision and reinstate sailing within the 2020 sports program, however it appears that IPC are not inclined to review the decision.

Sir Philip Craven responded within just a few hours, saying, “While we understand your disappointment, we would like to assure you that in reaching its decision, the IPC undertook the most rigorous and comprehensive review of the Paralympic sports programme to date”.

Additional information was offered to help answer some of the issues and questions raised in President Tourelle’s letter.

“Although this news may come as a shock to IHCA and its members, you will find from the information below that IFDS were made aware as early as September 2014 the concerns we had with regards to their application”, said Sir Philip..

“The submissions provided by both Sailing and Football 7-a-side failed to alleviate the concerns that both sports are currently not widely and regularly practised in the minimum number of countries as required by the IPC Handbook”.

“Both sports also display a number of other deficits which, in summary, prompted the Board to not include them in the 2020 Games. The decision taken in Abu Dhabi is final…”, he said.

He closed by suggesting that sailing “regroup, reform, rejuvenate and return” with an improved proposition when the IPC launch the next review cycle in 2018 for the 2024 Games.

View both letters below.

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 IHCA Letter to IPC
 IPC Letter to IHCA

 

2015 European Hansa Class Championships - GBR

David Staley, Friday, 5 September 2014

The UK Hansa Class, in conjunction with the Rutland Sailing Club (UK) and Rutland Sailability, are organising the Bruce Wake 2015 European Hansa Class Championships.  The Notice of Race has been released and entry is now open. Sailors wishing to charter boats are asked to complete the charter form. A list of accommodation is also available.

The championship will be held at Rutland Sailing Club, Edith Weston, Rutland, UK.  Many of you will remember that this was the venue for the very successful Access Class World Championships in 2010.

Entry is open until 1st June, after which a late fee of 50 Euros is payable.

For more information, visit the links below.........

Other Links
 Notice of Race
 NoR Amendment
 Entry Form (PDF)
 Entry Form (Word)
 Charter Boat Information
 Accommodation Information
 Rutland Sailing Club
 UK Hansa Class Association


Rutland Sailing Club - host to the 2010 Access Worlds

Liberties at the 2010 Access Worlds

Pre-race in the rigging area - Access 2010 Worlds

SKUD 18s add some colour to an overcast day in Rutland

Start of the Liberty practice race - Chris Cook (AUS) led start to finish

A busy Rutland Sailing Club dock ahead of the practice race

303 two-person start for the practice race

2.3s get away for the practice race on Rutland Water
 

Fitzgibbon & Tesch win ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami in SKUD 18 - USA


ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 2015
Photograph:Cora Zillich
David Staley, Sunday, 1 February 2015

London 2012 Paralympic gold medallists Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch (AUS) have taken a win in the SKUD 18 at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Miami on Friday 30 January

The Paralympic events came to a light wind conclusion in Miami with no racing possible on the last day. Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch made it two ISAF Sailing World Cup SKUD18 victories in a row in Miami. The pair won the Melbourne edition in December and facing new foes, they claimed another scalp. 

Fitzgibbon and Tesch put in a strong performance in Miami after the week had started out with a bit of bad luck for the pair when they missed a race due to technical issues with Fitzgibbon’s seat set-up. But already on day two they took the lead and never handed it back winning with a four-point advantage over their closest rivals Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell from Great Britain. 

'The start of our week was a bit up and down. We started with a bullet and then suffered some gear failure with my canting seat' Fitzgibbon explained. 'The next two days followed this trend with a good and not so good race, but we got in a couple race wins over the last couple of days. For the upcoming events we will be aiming for a bit more consistency but it’s great to take home another win.' 

The Sailing World Cup Miami on Biscayne Bay saw world-class fields in ten Olympic and three Paralympic events including 599 boats and featuring 768 sailors from 63 countries. 

Other Links
 Event Website
 SKUD 18 Results

 

2016 Hansa Class Worlds to be held in Medemblik - NED

David Staley, Monday, 24 November 2014

The International Hansa Class Association has announced that the 2016 Hansa Class Combined World & International Championships will be held in the Netherlands.

The 2014 Annual General Meeting of the National Hansa Class Associations referred the decision to its new IHCA Committee where there was strong support for the Medemblik venue.

“The regatta centre at Medemblik is used each year to host large World and European Championships and the annual Delta-Lloyd Regatta.  The facilities are outstanding and offers a tremendous venue for our next Worlds”, said IHCA President Brendan Tourelle.

“We were pleased to receive a very detailed proposal from The Netherlands where activity in the Hansa classes has been developing strongly”, he said.

The event is planned for early June, following closely after the Delta Lloyd regatta, which would provide back to back world class events for the SKUD 18 sailors – especially those preparing for Rio 2016.

The event will include the following competitions:

  • Hansa 2.3 World Championship (single person)
  • Hansa 303 World Championship (two person)
  • Hansa 303 International Championship (single person)
  • Liberty World Championship (single person)
  • SKUD 18 International Championship (two person)

The 2016 Worlds will provide a full week of great sailing on a venue well known by sailors all over the world.  In the organiser’s vision, sailors will bring their family and friends to combine their passion of sailing with a visit to the cultural and recreational venues of the Netherlands, Amsterdam and the beautiful city of Medemblik.

Since the opening of the International Sailing Centre Medemblik in 1999, between 10 and 25 sailing events are organised each year. The venue has hosted World Championships for the Contender, J-22, Star, Mumm 30, X-99, International Cadet, H-Boat, Flying Dutchman, Dragon and Windsurfing classes along with numerous European Championships, the annual regatta for Olympic & Paralympic classes and a range of other high quality events. As a result, race and event management in Medemblik is of a truly world class standard.

The historic Dutch town of Medemblik, with its characteristic old buildings and relaxed character, is an ideal host town for sailing events.  It is only a 30 minute drive to Medemblik to Amsterdam and the Schiphol International Airport.

In 1999, the Medemblik town, together with the Royal Netherlands Watersports Association (Watersportverbond), built the International Sailing Centre.  Within the facility are shops, offices, a restaurant and pub, jury rooms, results centre, communication centre (with internet and phone lines), press centre, large accessible rest rooms with showers, and a storage area.

The ISC also features 200 metres of accessible floating jetties, easy to operate crane, a large boat park and ample parking space.  This unique venue is the home of the famous EuroSAF Delta Lloyd Regatta with over 600 competitors every year and up to 6 race areas.

The Ijsselmeer makes Medemblik the capital of sailing in the Netherlands.  A huge inland fresh water lake of approximately 2500 km2 with no current and a depth of 4m.  It is a superb wide open water to sail on, without obstacles and with steady winds.  The racing area for the Hansa Class Worlds 2016 will be within a 10 -15 minutes sail.

There is a variety of accommodation types near to the event venue – camping, bungalow parks, comfortable houses and the luxurious Hotel Medemblik.

During the 2016 Worlds, it will be late spring in the Netherlands. This means an average daytime temperature of 20Ëš Celsius, a 20% chance of rain and an average wind velocity of 12-16 knots.

Charter boats will be made available for entries from outside the continent.  Within Europe and the UK, sailors are encouraged to bring their own boats.

By hosting this event, Hansa Klasse Nederland is hoping to motivate a lot of Dutch recreational sailors to develop their racing skills in 2014 and 2015 so they can be very competitive in the 2016 Worlds.  They have assigned 3 training locations at clubs in Holland where sailors can improve their skills throughout the year. 

 


International Sailing Centre Medemblik

International Sailing Centre Medemblik

International Sailing Centre Medemblik - images from 2010 IFDS Worlds

International Sailing Centre Medemblik - images from 2010 IFDS Worlds

International Sailing Centre Medemblik - images from 2010 IFDS Worlds

International Sailing Centre Medemblik - images from 2010 IFDS Worlds

International Sailing Centre Medemblik - images from 2010 IFDS Worlds
 

 
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