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For the First Time : Les Neo495 at the French Championship Promotion 2013

Participate in a French Championship of  Sailing on the calendar of the French Sailing Federation, with two crews mixed Disabled-Abled, with the Neo495. This is the challenge that our crews : to compete with able-bodied sailors at a conventional regatta and claim the title of champion of France.

For the National Class Neo495 Association, participate in the French Championship of  Sailing is a first. By participating in a top-level regatta for abled competitors, we continue our integration goals: Facilitate access to sailing and competition for people with disabilities. Finally, integrate our crews Neo495 in a competition for able-bodied people is a very good opportunity to race awareness and change attitudes about disability. The Neo495 is the only suitable keelboat invited at this competition.

The Neo495, accessible to all Award 2013 in the category “Product Accessible to All” with special mention of the jury for its “Design for All” and “transparent access”.

French Championship of  Sailing Promotion Dinghy, Keelboat and Collective Fleet  in Aix Les Bains from 8 to 12 May 2013.

The Departmental Comity of Savoy, in collaboration with the CNV Aix Les Bains and Chambery YC Bourget du Lac have hosted for the first time the French Championship of  Sailing Promotion, from 8 to 12 May 2013. This Championship is playing around three fleets: Collective Fleet with 15 Vago dinghies fleet with 50 boats and 19 Keelboats Fleet.

Neo495 at the French Championship of  Sailing  Promotion.

Our two crews from Marseille leaved Lunel, on Wednesday to join the fleet of keelboats. This fleet consists of 19 keelboats, including 9 Tempest could count with the participation of  Switzerland World Vice Champion, 1 Marauder, 1 Wing, 1 Dragon 1 Wind west, 1 Open 5.70, 1 star, 2 and 2 Class2M Neo495.

Five days of racing and eleven races sailed, complicated Championship saw the weather unstable: two days with little wind that turns many a day of strong breeze and gusting to 20 knots, a day of moderate wind, and finally a very unstable wind shifts alternating morning and no wind.

The day of Friday was not displeasing to our two crews. After two days of no wind, the weather was stormy. Rain and strong winds gusting up to 18 knots blew over the lake this morning, dropping to 15 knots in the afternoon. A change that was not to the liking of everyone given the number of capsizes. This day revealed Neo495 our capabilities and our crews Vincent and Neo 495, happy to be the first disabled sailor to participate at the French Championship, and run equally with those, placing the average 13 place. Kevin & Maria, our youngest from Colombia and discovered sailing, were held on average 11 place, the final round of managed master hands, placing the 5 place. The overall assigning respectively the 17th and 13th Place.

Although being the smallest keelboat of the fleet, our Neo495 are able to navigate through all the time, and 15 knots are not to displease the sailors from Marseille. Other competitors, there is “they work well in the breeze these small boats! Real planes! “.

The challenge is successful, the appointment is made for the next year with a more bigger Neo495 fleet …

In summary for Alain and Team ClassNeo495:

“To go on the water, we all have a disability, To overcome this handicap, the way it’s a boat …”

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