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Sheboygan’s U.S. Sailing Center hosts the 2018 edition of the Para World Sailing Championships the week of September 16-22, 2018! The Para World Sailing Championships is the definitive guide to the best-of-the-best in Para Sailing with clear objectives to showcase and develop Paralympic sailing, create sporting heroes and engage sports fans, and excite sponsors and broadcasters.
While in Sheboygan, check out the beautiful harbor, the riverfront, downtown, and more. I-43 and Highways 23, 28, and 42 all bring you to Sheboygan. There’s a lot of fun to be had, especially if you like sailing!
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“World Sailing is delighted that Sheboygan will be hosting the 2018 edition of the Para World Sailing Championships,” said Para World Sailing Manager Massimo Dighe. “Sheboygan has an excellent track record of hosting major international sailing events. From the Nations Cup Grand Final to the Women’s and Blind Match Racing World Championships, the team on the ground and the town know what it takes to welcome top class sailors. The facilities are exceptional and I am sure the sailors attending will receive a warm welcome.”
The disciplines proposed by the Para World Sailing Committee for inclusion in the 2018 Championships are:
One Person Dinghy (Hansa 303w) – Female
One Person Dinghy (Hansa 303w) – Male
One Person Keelboat (Norlin 2.4mR)
Tom Atkins of Sail Sheboygan said hosting the 2018 Para Worlds helps fulfill Sail Sheboygan’s mission of bringing national and international competition to Sheboygan. In addition, it contributes to a commitment to facilitate adaptive sailing at all levels, from beginner sailors to competitors.
“The bulk of us are able-bodied, full-vision people who love the sport of sailing,” Atkins said. “When you see the sailors, whether they’re blind sailors or disabled people enjoying the same sport, and you see the challenges they are overcoming to do so, you just stand back and it’s awe-inspiring. This is a sport they are able to participate in because of the uniqueness of sailing – equipment can be engineered to help them overcome whatever disability they may have and help them compete at this sport.”
Sheboygan, which has become known for hosting such events as the PGA Championships and is line to host the 2020 Ryder Cup, is excited to bring elite athletes to the community for the Para Worlds, Atkins said.
“We have developed a reputation for sailing and hosting competitive events that is second to none,” he said. “It puts Sheboygan in the spotlight and provides good vibes for the community that we are hosting literally a world-level sailing event. It’s a good image for the sailing community and a good image for the community as a whole. For participants to meet people from other countries from around the world and compete literally at highest level of their sport – that can only help and support the Olympic aspirations.”
Sheboygan was the host of the 2016 Women’s Match Racing World Championship and Blind Match Racing World Championship and the 2017 Blind Fleet Racing World Championship.