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Paralympic Sailing
Paralympic Sailing
Paralympic Sailing
Weymouth and Portland
Paralympic Sailing
Weymouth and Portland

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Head down to Dorset for six days of action on the open water as 80 athletes battle the elements at Weymouth and Portland's natural sailing facilities.

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What is Paralympic Sailing?


The London Paralympics Sailing competition features three mixed events - the Single-Person, Two-Person and Three-Person Keelboat competitions. The yachts used in the Paralympics differ from those used in the regular Olympics in that they have keels in order to provide greater stability; the keelboats also have open cockpits to allow more room for sailors. The competition is made fairer by a disability classification that should make the event - held in the ever-changing conditions of the beautiful but testing waters of Weymouth Bay on the south coast of England - all the more exciting.


Who won Paralympic Sailing gold in Beijing in 2008?


25 countries took to the Yellow Sea in 2008. Canadaís Paul Tingley took home the 1 person keelboat gold, USA pair Nick Scandone and Maureen McKinnon-Tucker won the gold in the 2-person keelboat race and German trio Jens Kroker, Robert Prem and Siegmund Mainka sailed to victory in the 3-person keelboat.


Do ParalympicGB have a chance of winning any Sailing medals?


The British team didnít reach the goals they had hoped for in Beijing, however this year the sailing team are determined to replicate the success of the Olympic team on the water at Weymouth. Alexandra Rickman and Niki Birrell have been experiencing something of a gold rush since 2008, winning at every World Championships since 2009. Also hoping for a place on the podium are hopefuls John Robertson, Stephen Thomas and Hannah Stodel who scooped a handful of medals at the last three World Championships.


Where will the Paralympic Sailing take place?


The sailing takes place in Dorset on the South coast of England. The Weymouth and Portland site has long been established as world-class sailing venue, featuring some of the UKís best natural waters for sailing. Some improvements were made in order to host the Games, including a commercial 560 berth marina, a 250m slipway and 70 new moorings. Spectators visiting Weymouth will be able to watch the Paralympic sailing for free from a number of spots along the coast. To gauge the rough distance between London and Weymouth and Portland, check out our Paralympic venues guide.


When is the Paralympic Sailing?


The Paralympic Sailing events will take place between Saturday 1st September and Thursday 6th September. See our Paralympics Day-by-Day Guide for the full schedule of events.


How do I get to the Paralympic Sailing at Weymouth and Portland?


There are a few travel options for Weymouth and Portland. The main station is Weymouth, this can be reached from London's Waterloo station and is a short walk from the Sailing site. Trains depart regularly from London and should take roughly two and a half hours. Alternatively, there is a new Park and Ride facility running from Mount Pleasant.


How do I get tickets for Paralympic Sailing?


Tickets can be purchased from More than 2.1 million of the 2.5 million available tickets have already been sold - organisers are claiming this could be the first Paralympics to sell out in the 52 year history of the Games. Twitter users could start following @2012TicketAlert, an unofficial feed set up during the Olympics which runs a check on the official site every three minutes and tweets every time a ticket becomes available.


What are the disability divisions for Paralympic sailing?


Paralympic sailing is a multi-disability sport comprising of three categories, each boat type has a unique classification points system. The three-person keelboat assigns each athlete a number between 1 and 7 based on the impact of the athleteís disability in relation to its affect on their sailing performance. The lower the point, the greater the athlete is impaired, the total number of points must not reach above 14 per three-person boat.† Single sailors in a 1-person boat must have a minimum level of disability which would prevent them from taking part in the able-bodied competitions.


When did sailing first appear in the Paralympics?


Sailing was originally introduced as a demonstration event in 1996 in Atlanta. It was then called Yachting but was renamed Sailing in 2000 when it became a full medal sport in Sydney.





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