Online entry opens for Inaugural INAS International Sailing Championships

Docklands Yacht Club will conduct the Inaugural INAS International Sailing Championships for sailors with an intellectual disability. 

The Notice of Race for the Championships that will be conducted on Victoria Harbour, adjacent to Melbourne’s Central Business District, from January 22-26 next year is now available.

Online entry is now open, with early entry available until October 15th. Final entries will close on December 31st. Competitors must receive Provisional Eligibility from INAS before completing the online entry - details on the DYC website regatta page.

The global aim of the event is to assist the development of a competition pathway for sailors with intellectual disabilities that is closely aligned to the mainstream sport.  The local aim is to put on a high quality championship regatta in an outstanding location for this disadvantaged athlete group.

The Championships will be conducted over five days with four days of fleet races conducted in three divisions:

  • Single person (one sailor with a classified intellectual disability) in the Hansa 2.3 class
  • Two person (two sailors with a classified intellectual disability) in the Hansa 303 class
  • Two person supported (where a non-classified sailor accompanies a classified sailor) in the Hansa 303 class

The competition will be sailed on the waters of Victoria Harbour with the City of Melbourne a spectacular background.  This unique venue is a safe, protected waterway with excellent spectator viewing of the racing area.  It is close to transport, accommodation, dining, entertainment and cultural facilities.

The City of Melbourne’s Community Boating Hub will be opened in late 2015 and the INAS International Sailing Championships will be the first major regatta conducted from the new facility.

It is anticipated that the event will attract up 100 competitors from 6 nations, with Australians making up a significant proportion of the fleet.  A large number of charter boats will be provided for International competitors by Sailability programs at Victorian and interstate yacht clubs.

Eligibility rules for the event will be governed by the ISAF Eligibility Code with classified sailors with an intellectual disability registered on the INAS Master List.

Notice of Race, Provisional Eligibilty Registration forms and online entry are available from the regatta page on the Docklands Yacht Club website.

This event will be held 4 days prior to the Victorian Hansa Class Championships and competitors are warmly invited to also attend this event.


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