ISAF has announced the Bethwaite-designed UD-18 as the new two-person keelboat of the Paralympics
ISAF has announced the Bethwaite-designed UD-18 as the new two-person keelboat of the Paralympics.
The UD-18 is a lead-assisted skiff with similar lines to the 29er or 49er. With a tube-launched asymmetrical spinnaker and a modified 29er rig, the boat promises to be an exciting addition to World and Paralympic Competition.
Able-bodied and disabled athletes alike will enjoy this platform and more severely disabled sailors will welcome the ability to compete on an equitable level.
The Functional Classification System for the Two-Person Keelboat was recommended by the IFDS Medical Committee, endorsed by the IFDS Executive Committee and approved by the IFDS Recognized National Authorities (RNAs) during the AGM and will be distributed promptly to enable countries to compile crews.