The Barcelo Resort in Mussanah, Oman will host the RS Venture Connect World Championships from November 24th -27th . It is expected that teams from 15 nations will compete in th is event, the first time that the RS Venture Connect class worlds have been hosted in Asia. In addition to featuring the relatively new World Sailing ‘race’ specification sails on all boats competing, the RS Venture Connect also features a so-called Seated Control System or ‘SCS’ which is specifically designed for use by people with disabilities.
Jens Kroker is a sailor from the city of Hamburg, Germany who has competed in five Paralympic Games, winning both a gold and silver medal. He recently became the first to register to compete in the Oman based World Championships. When asked about this decision, Jens says,
“Since 1997 I have participated in many paralympic regattas. I have represented my country in all Paralympic regattas since 2000, with outstanding success. However, as I started my sailing activity in Optimist, 420 and 470, I also found great pleasure in competing with my handicap in “normal” regattas, together with and against non-handicapped sailors. I believe sailing is the most inclusive sport where everybody is able to win specifically in “non-physical-boats”. The RS Venture is such a boat. As I now want to enjoy sailing / regattas with my wife, we are very happy that inclusion sailing is gaining pace and we have the chance to jointly compete. Last year we claimed the Vice World Championship title in the RS Venture Connect and this year we are looking forward to returning to the World Championships and enjoy sailing together again.”
We look forward to getting top sailors from around the world together in beautiful Oman for a fantastic week of racing! Don’t miss out!
- Country-specific participation by teams in this event is unlimited.
- Teams should consist of 1 male and 1 female athlete, with special dispensation for same gender teams required (in writing from the event hosts prior to being eligible for registration.
- This championship will feature 2 event awards categories: ‘Para’ and ‘Open’.
- For teams wishing to compete in the ‘Para’ Championship category, minimal disability (MD) criteria must apply to both athletes entered, with athletes needing to:
- Hold a current and valid International Classification as per the World Sailing Para Classification rules before being able to compete
- At the time of completing the registration for the event, applied to Para World Sailing for a provisional classification, with a formal classification interview needing to be conducted before the first day of competition at the event.
- World Sailing Classifiers will be available at the event venue days before the event start date.
- For the ‘Open’ Championship category of the event, minimal disability (MD) criteria only needs to apply to one of the athletes who entered
- All competitors must be affiliated to and in good standing with a World Sailing Recognized Member National Authority (MNA). These authorities are listed on the World Sailing website