Sailing appeared as a demonstration sport at the 1996 Atlanta Games and in 2000 was included in the Paralympic Games Competition program as a medal sport with events for the Sonar (three person keelboat) and the 2.4mR (single-person keelboat). Tom Brown won a bronze medal in the 2.4mR event.
The same events were on show at Athens 2004 and JP Creignou and Brad Johnson won a bronze medal in the Sonar, while Tom Brown won his second Paralympic medal, a silver, in the 2.4mR.
The SKUD18 was introduced for the Beijing 2008 Paralympics Games as the equipment for the two-person dinghy outlining the evolution of sailing at the Games. Nick Scandone and Maureen McKinnon-Tucker won the USA’s first gold medal at the 2008 Paralympic Sailing Regatta in Qingdao, China. John Ruf won an impressive bronze medal in a tight 2.4 mR fleet
International Federation for Disabled Sailing: Paralympic Games microsite
Did you know Olympic facts about the 2012 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team
US Sailing supports several teams in the quest to win Olympic and Paralympic Gold: the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider, the US Sailing Development Team, and the U.S. Youth World Team.
The 2012 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team is determined in nine of 10 events based on combined performance at two selection events held in 2011: Skandia Sail for Gold, in Weymouth, U.K., and ISAF Combined World Championships, in Perth, Australia.
For the Women’s Match Racing (Elliott 6m), two stand-alone events determined the Elliott 6m representatives: 2011 WMR U.S. Olympic Team Qualifying Regatta, in Miami, Fla., and 2012 WMR U.S. Olympic Team Qualifying Regatta, in Weymouth, U.K.
The 2012 U.S. Paralympic Team – Sailing is determined in all three events based on combined performance at two selection events held in 2012: IFDS World Championships, in Port Charlotte, Fla., and US SAILING”s Rolex Miami OCR, in Miami, Fla.
The three Paralympic sailing events and equipment: Paralympic Two Person Keelboat (2.4mR), Paralympic Two Person Keelboat (SKUD-18), and Paralympic Three Person Keelboat (Sonar).
About US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider
The US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. The top boats in each Olympic and Paralympic class are selected annually to be members of the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. US Sailing supports these elite athletes with funding, coaching and training. The title sponsor of the team is Sperry Top-Sider; other sponsors include Rolex Watch USA, Atlantis WeatherGear, LaserPerformance, Harken Team McLube, Trinity Yachts, New England Ropes and Bow Down Training. http://sailingteams.ussailing.org