The World Sailing Para World Championships will begin tomorrow featuring more than 100 sailors from 39 nations, in Lake Michigan in the United States.
The competition will last for five days until Saturday (September 22), featuring sailors including Paralympic 2.4 metre champion Heiko Kroger from Germany, defending SKUD 18 champion Violeta Reino from Spain and Rick Doerr from the US, who was partially paralysed by a spinal cord injury in 1992 before winning Paralympic silver in Rio.
The Worlds, which is held annually, will this year feature new formats including "heat style" racing for the RS Venture Connect and medal races in all disciplines.
The three boats on show will be the 2.4m Norlin OD, the Hansa 303 and RS Venture, with the RS Venture Connect two-person dingy featuring at the Championships for the first time.
The boat was recommended to the Para World Sailing Committee by RS Sailing and has been vetted for safety and classification in time for this year’s world championships.
The event will officially begin tomorrow with the Opening Ceremony at 7pm local time, before racing begins at 10am on Wednesday.
It comes at a difficult time for the sport, after sailing was not put forward for consideration for inclusion at the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.
The sport lost its spot following Rio 2016.