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23 Jun 2014 Record Entries for French Nationals - FRA
23 Jun 2014 2014 Italian Open Hansa Class Championships concluded - ITA
20 Jun 2014 Hansa TT Series moves to New Forest - GBR
27 May 2014 Pan Pacific Masters Games - AUS
18 May 2014 SKUD 18s racing at Garda Trentino Olympic Week - ITA
18 May 2014 Swiss Hansa Class Championships in Lucerne - SUI
15 May 2014 UK National Championships Rescheduled at Frensham Pond - GBR
28 Jan 2014 2014 Hansa Class Combined World & International Championships Cancelled
13 Nov 2013 North American SKUD 18 Championships - CAN
20 Aug 2013 Updated Hansa 2.3, Hansa 303 and Liberty Class Rules Published
22 May 2013 New Name for International Class Association

Record Entries for French Nationals - FRA

Hansa 2.3 start at the 2014 French Hansa Class Championships
David Staley, Monday, 23 June 2014

The French Hansa Class Championship has concluded in Nantes.

After 2 days of great weather, storms forced the cancellation of some racing on the final day. The 2.3 fleet managed to complete 8 races, with 6 races for the 303 doubles. The event attracted a record 84 competitors.

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2014 Italian Open Hansa Class Championships concluded - ITA

David Staley, Monday, 23 June 2014

5 SKUD18 crews and 9 teams in the 303 Doubles competed in the 2014 Italian Open Hansa Class Championships on Lake Garda in Northern Italy.

Italian SKUD18 Paralympic sailors Marco Gualandris and Marta Zanetti had 6 wins from the 6 races to take the trophy from the other SKUD teams from Italy and Switzerland. In the 303 Doubles, racing was closer with 11 year old Gianlorenzo Copertari sailing with Luca Antony Bovari to take the title.

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2014 Italian Open Hansa Class Championships at Circolo Vela Gargnano

2014 Italian Open Hansa Class Championships at Circolo Vela Gargnano

2014 Italian Open Hansa Class Championships at Circolo Vela Gargnano

Hansa TT Series moves to New Forest - GBR

Hansa TT Series at New Forest
Photograph:Ron Sawford
Malcolm Bentley, Friday, 20 June 2014

On 11th June, New Forest & District Sailability, at Spinnaker Club, Ringwood, hosted their annual Hansa TT event for the Southern Region. The weather forecast was very light winds and on arrival the lake was flat and calm, making people wonder if sailing would take place at all; but it was warm and sunny for a change.

Teams from Frensham, Tideway, Swarkestone, Whitefriars and Chesil joined the New Forest locals giving more than 20 entrants in the four classes. There was the usual frantic but organised unloading and launching of boats with the help of the efficient volunteers, who were also ensuring accurate registration, bacon butties, coffees and teas, safety boat cover and the all-important course setting and race management.

Race Officer Mike Robinson briefed the competitors, having set an essentially windward, leeward course with an offset mark giving a slight triangle. The leeward end was a gate lending a degree of variation and a tactical question for the competitors.

As if on cue the wind became strong enough to have a decent race. The pontoon volunteers led by Jonathan soon had all the sailors on the water ready for the start. The Hansa Libertys started first followed by both single handed and double Hansa 303's together then the Hansa 2.3s at five minute intervals.

There was close and excellent racing in all classes throughout the day, with four races for each class. The starts were crucial as usual and made more demanding by the starboard tack and race hut end being the shore side. It also shallows causing a couple of boats to go aground, admittedly inside the inner distance marker.

The lake at Spinnaker is notorious for shifting winds and this really made itself evident at the windward mark. Many boats didn't lay the mark and attempts to pinch past or shoot the mark caused entertaining congestion and no doubt a good testing of the rules. However, showing the sporting spirit of Hansa TT racing, no protests came forward. Positions changed frequently, particularly in the Libertys and single 303s: For the Libertys it appeared to be the upwind legs that made the most difference, although the choice of rounding mark at the leeward gate was significant in at least one race. With the bigger 303 fleet, the downwind legs were equally competitive, with bunches of boats developing giving plenty of scope for pinching wind, positioning on approach to the leeward gate for water and, again, choice of end at the gate.

In the first Liberty race Ric Cassell led from start to finish putting down a strong challenge to the others. However, Tom Harper won the next 3 races and Vince Barton achieved a consistent three second places. David Durston, the winner at New Forest last year, was not on his usual form, although did also have a technical problem.

The Frensham team dominated the single 303 class, taking the top 6 places except for Martin "Hurricane" Hadley valiantly splitting them in 5th place. Tessa Watkins and Paul Phillips were 1st and 2nd respectively with just one point between them.

The double 303 trophy was won by newcomer from Chesil (a new sailability centre) Dick Foyle, crewed by Bob Webb, also winning by just one point.

Lindsay Burns took the 2.3 class, being supreme enough to forego the fourth race having secured three firsts, despite the late entrance of a couple of experienced sailors against her.

Grateful thanks go to all the volunteers, who always make it a very enjoyable day for all. The prizes were presented by Eric Blyth, President, and Malcolm Bentley, Chairman, of NFDS, who were delighted to give Tom and Vince from NFDS the Liberty 1st and 2nd trophies.

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Hansa TT Series at New Forest

Hansa TT Series at New Forest

Hansa TT Series at New Forest

Pan Pacific Masters Games - AUS

Pan Pacific Masters Games
David Staley, Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Paradise Point Sailing Club are hosting the Pan Pacific Masters Games from October 31 - November 2 on Queensland’s Gold Coast.  Hansa 303s and Liberties are invited to compete.  Event entry is now open, with the minimum age for competition being 30 years at the 30th October 2014.

More details about this event are on the AHCA website www.ahca.yachting.org.au.  The AHCA will look to source boats for this event, but any questions regarding the event entry, schedule etc. should be directed to the Masters Games email info@mastersgames.com.au or Paradise Point Sailing Club ppscinc@bigpond.com.






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Pan Pacific Masters Games

Pan Pacific Masters Games

SKUD 18s racing at Garda Trentino Olympic Week - ITA

SKUD 18s race at Garda Trentino Olympic Week
Photograph:Roberto Vuillemier
David Staley, Sunday, 18 May 2014

May 8-12 was a memorable week on Lake Garda with great wind conditions for the Garda Trentino Olympic Week, first leg of the EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup.


There were very competitive races in challenging conditions, ideal for those whose aim is to arrive at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the best possible condition. The regatta is the only occasion to see all the Olympics and Paralympic classes racing together in Italy.


This was the first appearance of the SKUD 18 class in the EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup. Four boats made up the inaugural fleet, with four nations represented.


Alexandra Rickham & Niki Birrell (GBR) won 6 or the 9 races to claim a well deserved victory.  Marco Gualandris & Marta Zanetti (ITA), who train at nearby Gargnano on Lake Garda were second.  In third place was Vera Voorbach (NED) who has returned to the SKUD to sail with Rein Jan van Eseenveld.


Fraglia Vela Riva, the Lega Navale Italiana of Riva, Circolo Vela Arco, Circolo Surf Torbole  and Fraglia Vela Malcesine were united by  Vela Garda Trentino to host  a high level international event which involved athletes from 50 nations and 5 race courses  for 12 Olympic and Paralympic Classes.  The EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup now moves to Medemblik (Netherlands), Weymouth (UK) and Kiel (Germany).


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Swiss Hansa Class Championships in Lucerne - SUI

The 2014 Swiss Championships will he held in Lucerne
David Staley, Sunday, 18 May 2014

This year's Swiss Hansa Class Championships for Hansa 303 single and two person, and Hansa Liberty open and servo will take place from 5-7 September in Luzern. The Organization Authority will be Yacht Club Luzern (YCL).

Accommodation can be found on the webpage of the Lucerne Tourism: http://www.luzern.com/en/hotels-accommodation

Please see the Notice of Race below.

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UK National Championships Rescheduled at Frensham Pond - GBR

The 2014 UK Nationals will now be held at Frensham Pond
David Staley, Thursday, 15 May 2014

The Hansa National Champs 2014 at Northampton have been reprogrammed to Wednesday & Thursday, 8 & 9 October at Frensham Pond Sailing Club.  The venue is only two hours from Dover or one hour from ferry port Portsmouth.  We hope to see some of our international friends there for this late season event.  Details will be on the HCA(UK) website, www.hansaclass.org.uk.

The HCA(UK) Events Team announced earlier this year that the 2014 Hansa National Championships, which were scheduled for July 18th to 22nd at Northampton,  were cancelled due to a clash of events at the venue.



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2014 Hansa Class Combined World & International Championships Cancelled

David Staley, Tuesday, 28 January 2014

With the agreement of the International Hansa Class Association, the organisers of the 2014 Hansa Class Combined World & International Championships have announced the event will be abandoned.

Organising Committee Chair, Cristina Rubke, said today, “Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Organizing Authority is abandoning the 2014 Hansa Class Combined World & International Championships.  We  hope we can work with the IHCA in the future to expand participation in the wonderful sport of sailing”.

The Championship was due to be held at South Beach Harbour in San Francisco from September 15-21.

“The organisers have not been able to attract the support and progress preparations for the event that would ensure it met with class standards”, said IHCA Technical Delegate Zoltan Pegan.

“With sailors from around the world needing to book flights and accommodation and arrange shipping of boats, it was important that a decision was made as early as possible”.

“While there is not enough time to arrange an alternative venue for a 2014 Worlds, there is a strong program of regattas throughout the year - especially in Europe.  Hansa Class Nationals are currently scheduled in Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Switzerland, Great Britain, Spain and Portugal.  These events can offer Hansa Class sailors a high standard of international competition”, said Pegan.

Continental Championships are due to be conducted in 2015 in Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America.  The 2016 Worlds are scheduled to be held in Europe.


North American SKUD 18 Championships - CAN

David Staley, Wednesday, 13 November 2013

The Inaugural North American SKUD 18 Championships will be conducted by Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron in Halifax in August next year.

Scheduled in the week before the IFDS Combined World Championships, the SKUD 18 regatta will provide teams with the opportunity to prepare for the first nations qualifier for the Rio Paralympic Games.

Up to 12 races are scheduled over the three days.  The event is being sailed in J3 configuration – Open Two Person Centerline Seats without the IFDS classification and gender requirements.

A preliminary NOR has now been published.  Further information will be posted as it becomes available.

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 Preliminary Notice of Race
 RNSYS Website


Updated Hansa 2.3, Hansa 303 and Liberty Class Rules Published

David Staley, Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Following a lengthy review by the IHCA Technical Committee and ISAF, the amended Hansa 2.3, Hansa 303 and Liberty Class Rules have now been approved and published.  The new rules apply from September 1, 2013.

For information about the changes, a summary table of amendments is available below.

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 Hansa 2.3 Class Rules 2013
 Hansa 303 Class Rules 2013
 Liberty Class Rules 2013
 Summary of Changes to Hansa 2.3 Class Rules
 Summary of Changes to Hansa 303 Class Rules
 Summary of Changes to Liberty Class Rules


New Name for International Class Association

David Staley, Wednesday, 22 May 2013

The International Access Class Association is now the International Hansa Class Association.

The manufacturer of the Access 2.3, 303, Liberty and SKUD 18, Access Sailing Systems Pty Ltd, advised the International Class Association in 2012 that it would be changing its name to Hansa Sailing Systems Pty Ltd and adopting the Hansa Sailing brand internationally for its range of small keelboats and accessories.

The company aims to focus on the mainstream sailing market and promote awareness of the suitability of the boats for inclusive mainstream participation and training programs, and for widespread use by people of all abilities.

2013 was seen as an ideal opportunity for this change as the word “Access” has over the past decade become almost synonymous with disabled access whereas the company and its craft are of universal appeal and value.  Through the widespread adoption of Access Sailing’s products by Sailability and other disabled sailing organisations internationally, the Access brand has become closely associated with disability and the boats have been largely seen as “boats for the disabled” within the mainstream sailing community.

According to company principal and designer Chris Mitchell, “The boats were never designed specifically for people with a disability - they were conceived as an entry level craft for Asia where participation was low, and to provide a confidence-building feeling of safety and ease of use.”

“Based upon the boats’ inclusive “sailing for everyone” potential, I chose the name “Access” in the early 90’s for its broader meaning that seemed appropriate at the time.”

Over the years however, the “Access” branding was seen as restricting the market sectors that the boats could be successfully promoted to, and limiting the growth potential of the class.  More importantly, this was viewed as contributing to the perpetuation of segregated sport.  This is in stark contrast to the company’s aims of growing inclusive participation in sailing as a recreation and sport, and enabling people with a disability to share in mainstream sporting and social activities.

Access Sailing Systems Pty Ltd has therefore changed its trading name to Hansa Sailing Systems Pty Ltd and its primary branding to Hansa Sailing in 2013.  The “Hansa” is the well recognised swan motif that has served as the Access Class insignia since 1994.

The mythical Hansa Swan is derived from the philosophy of ancient Sanskrit.  It represents perfect union and balance – a vehicle for the harmony of wind, sea and sailor.  The flight of the Hansa also symbolizes an escape from a repetitive cycle – changing the established pattern or taking a different approach.

“These boats bearing the Hansa insignia are products of universal design and a philosophy of inclusion, aiming to make sailing more accessible and appealing”, said Mitchell.

At its 2012 Annual General Meeting, the International Access Class Association resolved to change its name to the International Hansa Class Association.

The names of three of the individual classes will also change.

The Hansa 2.3 is an ISAF Class including the 2.3 Wide and 2.3 Single (previously known as the Access 2.3), along with the new 2.3 Breeze model.

The Hansa 303 is an ISAF Class including the 303 Wide (previously known as the Access 303) and 303 Breeze.

The Liberty is an ISAF Class previously known as the Access Liberty.

The SKUD 18 is an IFDS Class.

The International Hansa Class Association website is having some new graphics to reflect the new name and documentation will be progressively updated.  It is anticipated that many of the National Class Associations will also change their names to align with the International Hansa Class Association and the new international brand for the family of Hansa classes.

International Class Association President, Brendan Tourelle, believes the name change is a step in the right direction.

“As a class association, we need to support any initiatives by the manufacturer to grow the number of boats around the world.  This seems a great opportunity to promote the four classes to people of all abilities to begin and develop in sailing”, said Tourelle.

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Hansa Sailing personnel in Nowra, March 2013