International Association for Disabled Sailing
The International Association for Disabled Sailing (IFDS) is an affiliate member of the International Sailing Federation and is responsible for coordinating the paralympic sailing competition with the International Paralympic Committee. The organisation was called the International Foundation for Disabled Sailing up until around 2008 when it had to change it name due to tax law in the country it is registered in. The organisation is responsible for liaising with the International Paralympic Committee on their behalf.
Sailing is part of the Paralympic Games
IFDS World Championships
The organisation runs a number of ISAF recognised World Championships to help develop International Competition.
Because sailing is an equipment based sport any boat can be adapted to suit certain types of disabilities. However the following classes are used in the Paralympics
- Open One Person Keelboat - Norlin Mk3 One Design a subsection of the 2.4 Metre
- Mixed Two Person Keelboat - SKUD 18
- Open Three Person Keelboat - Sonar