Fun, safe, stable and easy to sail for one or two people
2018 Waller Cup Sailor
The Hansa 303 can be sailed by one of two people. It features two sails, which can both be adjusted to decrease the sail area in stronger winds. The 303 has an increased carrying capacity and is very suitable for lively sea conditions. There are almost 1,200 of this World Sailing recognised class sailing in more than twenty five countries.
The Hansa 303 offers great performance whilst also retaining simplicity and safety features including; a weighted centreboard for stability, low centre of gravity seat position and the adjustable sail area. It is an ideal boat for recreation and introductory racing on waterways that are less protected.
High free-board, high stability and internationally recognised
2018 Waller Cup - Auckland Harbour Bridge
The single seater 3.6 metre Liberty, with its high free-board design, high stability ballasted centreboard and unique reefing system, provides safe and stable performance sailing that can be enjoyed by all including sailors with very limited mobility. A World Sailing recognised class, Hansa Liberty World Championship competitors include sailors with Quadriplegia and Paraplegia.
The Hansa Liberty opens up high performance sailing to everyone. The boat can be sailed at extreme angles of heel, yet the skipper remains dry and in control. This is a unique craft that enables safe yet exciting racing or recreational sailing in open waters.
The Liberty can also be set up with a servo system (sails and steering operated by winches) this enables the boat to be sailed by a small joystick about the size of a pen, which can be operated by the sailors hand, chin or even foot. Combined with the supported seating the Liberty can truly be sailed by anyone regardless of their level of disability.
A high performance skiff – fast, furious and safe
2018 Waller Cup - Full fleet
The SKUD18 has been designed from a performance basis to offer scintillating, crisp and snappy response to sailors regardless of their mobility. This two person lead assisted skiff features a tube launched asymmetrical gennaker and a modern composite rig, this boat can get surfing down huge waves while still being virtually impossible to capsize due to the 160kg bulb and keel holding the boat upright.
The SKUD 18 can be handled by a variety of crew configurations; it can be sailed in an open configuration where the crew sit on the gunwale or if one crew uses the center-line seat another can use a trapeze. At Sailability Auckland we mainly sail them with the helm in a center-line seat and a more able crew that can sit / hike on the gunwale. We welcome volunteers to come and crew for our sailors.
The SKUD 18 is also ideal for those not-so-young sailors who cannot hike like they used to but still want the excitement of high performance racing.
The SKUD 18 is a former Paralympic Class which was used at the Paralympics from 2008 - 2016. Sailing is not currently included in the Paralympics however there is a global campaign lead by World Sailing to get sailing reinstated in the 2028 Paralympics.
One sailor, no movement, adjustments at your fingertips
Although Sailability Auckland no longer owns any 2.4mR’s we have access to some for those keen to try them out. The International 2.4mR is a very technical one-person Keelboat and was formerly the single-crew class for sailing at the Paralympics from 2000 - 2016.
The sailor does not need to move in the boat and everything is adjustable from right in front of the sailor. It is sailed without a spinnaker, but with a whisker-pole for the jib. Although the Class is not big in New Zealand it is a very competitive International Class that regularly attracts over 100 entries in the World Championships which, are open to disabled and non-disabled sailors.
Sailing is not currently included in the Paralympics however there is a global campaign lead by World Sailing to get sailing reinstated in the 2028 Paralympics.