IFDS World Championships preview

Sonar action at the IFDS Worlds 2011
International Association for Disabled Sailing (IFDS) World Championships are being held from 7th to 15th January 2012 in Florida, USA.

The event will get underway today with an Opening Ceremony and Welcome Party featuring nations and representatives from local boating clubs.

The annual event is the biggest major competition in the sport ahead of the London 2012 Paralympic Games and will see more than 100 sailors, on some 75 boats, from 20 countries take part. Competition is expected to be fierce with the line-up including many former world champions and countries who have qualified for London 2012.

Races will take place between Tuesday (10th January) and Sunday (15th January) and will see crews compete in three classes – 2.4mR, SKUD 18 and Sonar.

Two races are scheduled each day and daily awards will be made.

For the latest schedule and results, please visit the event website.

A total of 80 athletes will compete in the three gold medal events in the sailing competition in the waters off Weymouth Bay at the London 2012 Paralympic Games between 1st and 6th September 2012.

International Paralympic Committee website