US Paralympic Sailors

ussailingnewlogoSailing was first introduced to the Paralympic Games in 1996 as a demonstration sport, and in 2000 US athletes competed for medals at the Paralympic Games in Sydney.

Three boats are typically raced in the Paralympic Games: the 2.4mR, a single-person keelboat, the SKUD-18, a two-person keelboat and the Sonar, a three-person keelboat. The high performance SKUD-18 makes its Paralympic debut in 2008 in the coastal city of Qingdao, China. 

According to the International Foundation for Disabled Sailing (IFDS), a SKUD-18 team must include one female and one person deemed a Functional Classification System (FCS) "1," or severely disabled, like a quadriplegic. Sailors are seated on the centerline for Paralympic events, but the boat can be sailed with or without either of the seats and configured to suit different sailors’ needs.

Because of its design and control, the 2.4mR was selected for single-person races. The boat's ease of use allows for a level playing field, making tactical knowledge the dominant factor in competition.

The Sonar uses a versatile crew-friendly design that is accommodating to athletes with physical disabilities. It is used by sailors of all experience and ability levels, from the novice to international competitors.

Paralympic sailing competition is open to male and female athletes with physical disabilities such as amputation/limb loss, blindness/visual impairment, spinal cord injury/wheelchair-users and cerebral palsy/brain injury/stroke.

Sailing events for the 2012 Paralympics were held at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy on the south coast of England.
SKUD-18
London-JenFrench-JPCreignou-2012-silver Jen FRENCH (helm)
J.P. CREIGNOU
paralympic silver
Silver


Sailing events for the 2008 Paralympics were held at the Qingdao International Sailing Center.
SKUD-18

Beijing-Nick Scandone_Mauren_McKinnon-Tucker-paralympic-gold Nick SCANDONE (helm)
Maureen MCKINNON-TUCKER

paralympic gold

Gold


2.4 Metre

Beijing-John-RUF-paralympic-bronze

John RUF

paralympic bronze

Bronze



Sailing events for the 2004 Paralympics were held at the Agios Kosmas Olympic Sailing Centre in Athens.
Sonar
Athens-john ross_dugan-paralympics-bronze
L-R: John Ross-Duggan, Brad Johnson,
JP Creignou, Roger Cleworth (alternate)

Athens-Sonar-boys-on-Podium-paralympic-bronze

John ROSS-DUGGAN (helm)
Brad JOHNSON
J.P. CREIGNOU

paralympic bronze

Bronze


2.4 Metre
Athens-Tom-Brown-paralympic-silver

Athens-Tom-Brown-on-Podium-paralympic-gold

Tom BROWN

paralympic silver

Silver



Sailing events for the 1996 Olympic Games were held Lake Lanier near Atlanta as a Demonstration Event.

USA Paralympic Team - 1996
The 1996 USA Paralympic Sailing Team:
Front (L-R): Chris Murphy, John Ross-Duggan, Jim Leatherman
Back: Waldo Esparza (alternate)

Sonar
Note: Demonstration Event
logo-sonar

John ROSS-DUGGAN (helm)
Chris MURPHY
Jim LEATHERMAN

paralympic bronze

Bronze



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