Paralympic Sailors ready to race

Yachting New Zealand

31 AUG

Paralympic Sailors ready
to race

The two boat strong NZ
Paralympic Sailing Team is ready to start racing at the
London 2012 Paralympic

This is the first time
since Sydney 2000 that New Zealand Sailors have attended the
Paralympic Games, and never before has a female been on the
sailing team until now.
Tim Dempsey and Jan Apel will
sail together in the Two Person Keelboat event (SKUD 18) and
Paul Francis will sail in the One Person Keelboat event
(2.4mR). For all three sailors representing NZ, this will be
their first time at the Paralympic Games.
“We have our
practice race tomorrow which will be our first chance to see
how we go against our competition” said Tim Dempsey, Skud
18 Skipper.
After more than a week of training at the
venue, official practice races will get underway on Friday
mid day (11:15pm NZT Friday) off the shores of Weymouth and
Portland, but the first races to count toward the scoreboard
for both of New Zealand’s boats will commence just after
midday September 1st (11:15pm Saturday night NZT)
“The competition is going to be intense and it is
clear that everyone has lifted their game including us. Jan
and I are sailing really well and we are really enjoying
it” Tim continued.
After eleven races in for each fleet
(two races scheduled daily, except the final day only one
will be sailed), sailing medals will be awarded on September
6th. The full regatta schedule can be viewed online the
London 2012 Paralympic Sailing Website.
Zealand is 11 hours ahead of London, so in New Zealand time,
racing will usually take place between 11:00pm and 4:00am.
Kiwis will be racing in two of the three Paralympic sailing
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Where to get ongoing
information on this

Official London 2012 Paralympic Sailing
(Official News, Results, and Schedule)
Zealand Paralympic Team
(Daily news and updates from
all of NZ’s paralympic Teams, including
Yachting New Zealand (Yachting New
Zealand will be posting a brief daily summary news item and
schedule for the next day via a media

Paralympics New Zealand Facebook and Twitter
NZL Sailing Team Facebook and Twitter
IFDS Facebook

One person Keelboat –

Paul Francis is a
promenant kiwi sailor having won the P class Tauranga cup in
1974 and sailing competitivly in the 470 when it was one of
the strongest classes in NZ. From 1977-80 Paul skippered
for some very talented crews including 2016 Olympic
Women’s Skiff designer Dave Mckay and three time World
Champion Hamish Willcox .Paul has also sailed in the Tornado
class and attended a total of 11 Sailing World Championship
events in his career.
Paul began sailing the 2.4mR yacht
in 2010 and attended the World Championships in Weymouth
2011, and finished 12th which was enough to qualify New
Zealanda spot at the 2012 paralympic games.
Since his
2.4mR first regatta Paul has been battling for selection
with Josh Mckenzie-Brown (the youngest and longest
campaigning sailor in the NZ fleet) and Brett Willcock (who
was 1 point adrift of Paul at the final selection regatta).
The sailing has been close between these 3 sailors, all
three of them taking race wins in the latest Sail Auckland
ragatta in 2012.
He has proved to be a consistant sailor,
maintaining top eight nations spots at all his major
international events in the build up to 2012.
Baillie-Strong is the lead coach for the NZL Sailing Team
2.4MR class.
Paul Francis
Yacht Club:
Takapuna Boating Club
Resides: Auckland

• 1977 ISAF Youth
Worlds- 4th (catamaran)
• 1993 Flying Dutchman Worlds
– 3rd
• 2007 ISAF Worlds Tornado Portugal
• 2008
Tornado Worlds Auckland
• 2009 Flying Dutchman Worlds
• 2011 IFDS World Championships-
• 2011 Sail Melbourne 3rd
• 2012 Delta Lloyd
Regatta 10th
• 2012 Skandia Sail for Gold 11th

Tim Dempsey and Jan Apel
Person Keelboat – SKUD 18

Tim Dempsey and Jan
Apel joined forces just three months prior to the IFDS World
Championships in 2010. The duo have dedicated an extensive
amount of time to their training since this first regatta,
and they are being rewarded with results that reflect this

Since their first regatta, Tim and Jan have
competed in nearly ten elite international regattas, and
have carded some very solid performances in the road to
selection for the Paralympic games. Particularly rewarding
form them was a 2nd finish place at Sail Sydney 2010, and
just recently finishing 6th at the Skandia Sail for Gold
regatta which was sailed at the Paralympic Venue of Weymouth
in June 2012.

Both members of Sailability Auckland and
the Royal Akarana Yacht Club, Tim and Jan have also raced
against each other in the liberty class as part of their
training. This has been a key in allowing them to practice
starting in NZ’s most competitive disabled sailing fleet,
as there are still few SKUD 18’s in the country.

Hielkema is the lead coach for the NZL Sailing Team SKUD
Tim Dempsey

Yacht Club: Royal Akarana Yacht
Resides: Auckland
Age: 40
Position: Crew

Yacht Club: Royal Akarana
Yacht Club
Resides: Auckland
Recent Team

• 2010 IFDS
World Championships 9th
• 2010 Sail Sydney
• 2010 Sail Melbourne 4th
• 2011 Skandia Sail
for gold 8th
• 2011 IFDS World Championships
• 2011 Kiwi Cup 1st
• 2011 Sail Melbourne
• 2012 Access World Championships 3rd
• 2012
Skandia Sail for gold 6th

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