THERE are many noble cups and championships that are battled for on the water and the latest instalment is one that will facilitate sailors who fell it is just beyond their grasp to get on the water.
However, Sailability Ireland, in conjunction with the ISA, will set those fears aside as they launched ‘The Presidents Cup’ – a new championship to encourage sailors with disabilities to compete in the classes sailed at Paralympic and international level.
The ISA website had this to say about the new idea.
‘The Presidents Cup’ has been named in honour of 10-time Paralympian and current President of the International Disabled Sailing Association, John Twomey from Kinsale Yacht Club. John himself is this week competing at the IDFS World Championships in Canada in the hopes of qualifying for his 11th consecutive Games.
A team of 10 sailors from each of the four Irish provinces will compete in four different classes; the Hansa 303, SKUD 18, Squib and Sonar for this prestigious prize. Kinsale Yacht Club has kindly agreed to host this inaugural event which will be held on 6th and 7th of September. In 2013 the Club hosted the IFDS Disabled World Sailing Championships to incredible success and this event will form part of that legacy.
Six races will be sailed and the team that has the best results in the four classes will be crowned champions. The event is being kindly sponsored by Kingspan, who are a global leader in high performance insulation, building fabric, and solar integrated building envelopes.
A limited number of places are still available for both sailors with disabilities and volunteers who would like to participate in the championship. For more information email Ciaran at email@example.com.
Sailability Ireland and the ISA are very excited about this new initiative and are hoping that this will encourage more sailors along the path to international competition.