Access Dinghies
Access Dinghy Foundation
Access Class Association Access Sailing Systems


IFDSSabaudia's Cup
1-10 October 2005
San Felice Circeo, Italy

San Felice Circeo

Ever dreamt of sailing on the Mediterranean, of visiting mystical,
historical San Felice Circeo in Italy and having a wonderful
time being hosted by a team of fun loving and generous Italians?


Circeo Yacht Vela ClubCommodore of Circeo Yacht Vela Club, Dr. Aldo Vecchione invites all IFDS sailors to visit to San Felice Circeo.........Italy

"Circeo Yacht Vela Club is thrilled to invite all sailors with a disability to compete in Sabaudia's Cup, incorporating the second IFDS Single Person Dinghy World Championship. Being sailed in the Liberty, this event will allow sailors with profound disabilities to sail solo, competing against each other in the World Championship, while at the same time sailing in the Sabaudia Cup, against more abler sailors. The winner of the Sabaudia Cup will win a Liberty.

CYVC was established in July 1978 with the purpose of providing sailing to young people and we are now excited to host this very important regatta which will enable sailors with disabilities to compete at the elite level. The CYVC is affiliated to the Italian Federation Sail, the CONES, the Italian Federation Motonautica and all'Assonautica and we are honoured to be a part of the establishment of Sailabilty in Italy.

We can assure you of exciting sailing on the beautiful waters of the Mediterranean. Combined with the friendship and support of the people from San Felice Circeo, Sabaudia's Cub, incorporating the 2005 IFDS Single Person Dinghy World Championship, will be an event like no other where sailors of all abilities compete alongside each other.

We look forward to welcoming you to San Felice Circeo for an exciting and friendly event that looks to the future, when severely disabled sailors have the justice of sailing solo on an equal playing field with other sailors of all abilities. We hope to see you in Italy......"signature



A Message from President of IFDS, Serge Jorgensen.

"The 2005 IFDS World Championship in San Felice Circeo, Italy will challenge both sailors and technology. Two integrated events will be sailed. First, an event designed for sailors with severe disabilities will attract and match the sailing skills of international sailors. This year, an “open” division will demonstrate equity among sailors of all abilities.

Through the ingenuity and tenacity of a small and growing community of men and women, sailing is proving to be the only sport accessible to anyone that wants to participate. With great interest, the IFDS has observed the rapid growth and expansion of sailing to include sailors of all abilities. Showing no boundaries, our sport attracts the likes of Andrew Hartley (AUS) and Darren Tucker (CAN), both sailors of the utmost integrity and quick witted humor who lived their daily lives with high-level quadriplegia and depended upon a mechanical “ventilator” for every breath. Sadly, both of these remarkable men left us this year. While I join you in mourning their passing, I celebrate with them the examples they’ve set and know that their inspiring stories have already encouraged others to follow their lead.

During the inaugural 2004 IFDS Single-Person Dinghy World Championship, Andrew Hartley took on the best of them, sailing solo in his accessible Mitchell-designed Access Liberty. The Liberty, an exercise in ingenuity and simplicity, accommodates Andrew’s life-support systems while empowering his sailing skill and allowing his strategy to prevail.

On behalf of the IFDS, I encourage you to come join us! I extend our heart-felt thanks to the organizers and to Circeo Yacht Club for their time and dedication to making this unique event possible. I look forward to renewing old friendships, making new ones, and – most of all - having a great time sailing together. "

Serge Jorgensen
President, IFDS

Accommodation in San Felice Circeo

Regatta organisors have booked a number of accessible rooms for the duration of the regatta at Villaggio della Mercede. An extremely affordable daily rate has been negotiated for competitors and their teams.

€56,80 (full pension) per person per night includes a room with
private facilities, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner.

€49,60 (half pension) per person per night includes a room with
private facilities, as well as breakfast and one meal.

For further information please contact regatta organisors as soon as possible. Bookings for these rooms are via the Chairman of the regatta organising committee, Luigi Zambon.

There is much more very suitable accessible accommodation in San Felice Circeo. More information will be posted shortly.


Catch a plane to Rome.

For transport from Rome to San Felice Circeo and return to Rome
and Villaggio della Mercede to the sailing venue, transport will be provided by regatta organisors.

For tips on safe and comfortable flying for people with disabilities, see the News page and Flying with a Disability website.


Information Flyer
(PDF 350KB) - A4 format
Information Flyer (PDF 330KB) - Letter format for Nth Am.
Liberty Class Rules
Liberty Boat Review by Vanessa Dudley, Australian Sailing (Feb 04)
Liberty Specifications
Notice of Race - (PDF 288KB) - A4 format
Entry Form - (PDF 218KB) - A4 format