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19 May 2015 Hansa 303 and 2.3 in the 2015 ASEAN Para Games - SIN
18 May 2015 Convincing win for Rickham & Birrell in Garda - ITA
6 May 2015 2015 French Hansa Class Championships at Yacht Club de Mèze - FRA
6 May 2015 UK TT Series commences at Burghfield - GBR
7 Apr 2015 Three States share the trophies at Australian 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
24 Nov 2014 2016 Hansa Class Worlds to be held in Medemblik - NED

Hansa 303 and 2.3 in the 2015 ASEAN Para Games - SIN

The Hansa 303 has been included in the ASEAN Para Games being held in Singapore
David Staley, Tuesday, 19 May 2015

The Hansa 303 and 2.3 have been included along with the International 2.4mR in the 2015 ASEAN Para Games sailing competition being held in Singapore later this year.

Racing will be conducted at Marina Bay Waterfront from December 3-9.

The ASEAN Para Games- a biennial multi-sport event organised by the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) for athletes with a disability.  It will be hosted in Singapore for the first time in the history of the Games in conjunction with the nation's 50th anniversary of independence.  The eighth biennial Games is expected to host more than 2,000 athletes and officials from ASEAN nations.

For more information and to view the Notice of Race, click the link below.

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 ASEAN Para Games Sailing


Convincing win for Rickham & Birrell in Garda - ITA

Rickham & Birrell (GBR) have won at Lake Garda
David Staley, Monday, 18 May 2015

Alexandra Rickham & Niki Birrell have taken a convincing win in the SKUD 18 fleet at Garda Trentino Olympic Week, the second leg of the Eurosaf Champions Sailing Cup.

The British SKUD team finished up with a 10 point margin over John McRoberts & Jackie Gay (CAN), with Marco Gualandris & Marta Zanetti taking third overall.

12 SKUDs from 8 nations competed in the event sailed from Riva del Garda at the northern end of the spectacular Lake Garda.

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 Final Results
 Event Website

SKUD 18s sailing at Garda Trentino Olympic Week 2015

SKUD 18s sailing at Garda Trentino Olympic Week 2015

SKUD 18s sailing at Garda Trentino Olympic Week 2015

SKUD 18s sailing at Garda Trentino Olympic Week 2015

SKUD 18s sailing at Garda Trentino Olympic Week 2015

SKUD 18s sailing at Garda Trentino Olympic Week 2015

SKUD 18s sailing at Garda Trentino Olympic Week 2015

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)

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

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 Full Results
 HCA(UK) Website


Three States share the trophies at Australian Championships - AUS

2015 Australian Championships in Hobart, Tasmania
Photograph:Sam Tiedemann Photography
Shauna Phillips - AHCA, Derwent Sailing Squadron, Tuesday, 7 April 2015

The 2015 Australian Hansa Class Championships have wound in Hobart, Tasmania.

Competitors in the four divisions – Hansa 2.3, Hansa 303 singles and doubles and Liberty, completed 8 races across the Easter break in mainly light winds.

On the final day of competition, better winds prevailed as the morning fleets of 303 singles and Liberties took to the course.

In the 303 singles, Chris Symonds held a commanding overnight lead heading into the last 3 races and whilst he didn’t win a race on the final day, his results from the first two days of competition were enough to secure him the title.  South Australia’s Kenneth Hibbert picked up two victories on the final day to cement outright second place overall. Wynyard’s Michael Darby also claimed victory in one of the final day’s races, and that was enough to secure him overall third position on a countback from Victoria’s Bruce James.

In the Liberties, South Australia’s Bob Schahinger enjoyed the stronger winds and took 3 bullets to move him from third place overnight to claim overall victory from fellow South Australian Jocelyn Neumueller. NSW sailor Bob Hamilton took third place by a point from Victoria’s Cadeyrn Gaskin.

In the afternoon session, only two races were required for the Hansa 2.3 division to complete their regatta. Overnight leader, Victoria’s Mark Thorpe, couldn’t hold off the reigning Australian Champion – ACT sailor Allister Peek - who won both races to reclaim the National title by one point from Thorpe. Launceston sailor Rob Eadie took out third place in front of NSW sailor Melissa Nelson.

As with the 303 singles, Wynyard’s Chris Symonds held a commanding overnight lead in the 303 doubles, where he teamed up with Neal Rodwell. Winning one of the remaining races saw them take home the National 303 doubles title for the second consecutive year. Victoria’s Bruce James and Christine Elliott were sailing in the doubles for the first time together and their pairing saw them take out second place by a point from South Australia’s Paul Linden and Kenneth Hibbert.

At the presentation, several perpetual trophies were presented. In the President’s Trophy – a ‘traveller trophy’, where points are awarded for attending and placing in State championships – South Australia’s Bob Schahinger was the winner on 11 points, overtaking the NSW pair of Colin & Brad Alderton on 8 points. Schahinger, sailing the Liberty, had placed in the South Australian and Victorian State Championships and, with his victory in that division at the Nationals, scored enough points to overtake the Aldertons, who scored points in the ACT, NSW and SA Championships. Another SA sailor – Jocelyn Neumueller – was in third place on 7 points.

Chris Symonds was awarded the Hans Hill trophy for his work in making this regatta such a success and Australian Hansa Class Association President Russell Phillips presented Derwent Sailing Squadron Commodore Ron Bugg with a burgee celebrating the National Championships.

The AHCA would like to thank Commodore Ron Bugg, Manager Shaun Tiedemann, Sailing Manager Michael Denney and Functions Manager Tracey Lord and her team for hosting our Nationals at Derwent Sailing Squadron. Thanks to Sam Tiedemann Photography for the great shots from across the regatta.  We are also grateful to the Tasmanian Government for their support of this event.

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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 Final Results

2015 Australian Hansa Class Championships Final Day

2015 Australian Hansa Class Championships Final Day

2015 Australian Hansa Class Championships Final Day

2015 Australian Hansa Class Championships Final Day

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.........

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 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

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