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The first international congress on disabled sailing activities is being organized by the French sailing federation.

Even with serious handicaps sailing allows disabled people to cruize by themselves. Having either valid or disabled persons sailing together is also an option or even an opportunity. This can be done either on traditional or adapted boats, promoting thus an improved communication.

Gathering, sharing, disseminating good practices, presenting innovations, reflecting on new practices are the objectives of this symposium.

The challenge of the congress

  • Having possibilities or improvements known by a vast majority of concerned people
  • Inter countries sharing of good practices
  • Creating and sharing a true international network
  • Develop and sustain the disable sailing activities in new countries
  • Think on what tomorrow's practices will be. 
  • Working together on sailing back in the paralympic games in 2024 in Paris.

 Provisional program

Thursday 19 October

9:30 amReception of participants

11 am Opening of the congress by 

Nicolas HÉNARD, President of the French Sailing Federation (to be confirmed) and 

Henri FRICOU Mayor of Mèze

11:30Presentation of the conference Bernard PORTE

12 amLunch Break

2 pm  Testimony of a sailor Benoît GALINOUX: return on 50 years of  disabled pratice

2:30 pmRound table: disabled - valid practice: a shared practice from  discovery to regular sports practice.


16:15 Radio controlled sailing:  a tool for the development of the practice,  presentation and test.

6 pmGuided tour of Mèze

7 pmWelcome drink

 Friday 20 October

9 am Training of management and volunteers: presentation of the training  module of the FFVoile, Bernard PORTE

10:30 amBreak

11 amPractice for the visually impaired: presentation of the SARA software:  Sail And Race Audioguide Oliver DUCRUIXUNADEV / Orange

12 amLunch Break

2 pmHandikite: presentation of experiences

3 pmExhibition of equipment exhibitors: presentation of the different proposed equipments 

7 pmAperitif and gala diner organized by the local rescue Society (SNSM)

Saturday 21 October

9 amHigh-level practice and training in sailing: round table includind:

Damien SEGUIN 2016 Paralympic champion,

Thierry POIREY coach of Damien SEGUIN 

Tim ROSS coach of the PDP World Sailing

10:30 amBreak

11 am The International Classification World Sailing, Bernard DESTRUBÉ,  medical classification chief officer from world sailing

11:30 amNews of Para World Sailing Committee

12 amLunch break

2 pm Presentation of the World Sailing Paralympic Development Program,  Massimo DINGHE World Sailing.

3 pm What boats for the next Paralympic Games: round table and  exchanges

4:30Implementation of an international exchange of practices aroundhandivoile, handivalide and paravoile: collection ofwishes and implementation.

5 amClosure of the symposium.


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