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Functional Classification System

The Functional Classification System which guides the Classification program worldwide is managed by the International Association for Disabled Sailing (IFDS).

US Sailing is the National sailing authority for the USA.  It is responsible for the day to day administration of sailing, including disabled sailing, in the United States.  The US Classifiers Committee is responsible for taking care of the classification needs of the sailors and the requests by Organizing Authorities in the US for conducting classification at events.  The US Classifiers conduct classification assessments of sailors to determine their NATIONAL rating, and maintain an up to date data base with current ratings of sailors posted on the US Sailing website.  This data base also includes contact information for sailors to contact sailors.  For these services, there is a $50 administrative fee that is charged to the sailor once every Paralympic Quadrennium (each four year Olympic period).

The International Association for Disabled Sailing (IFDS) is responsible for promoting and supporting disabled sailing around the world.  US Sailing is a member of IFDS.  The International Classifiers for IFDS conduct classification assessments of sailors  at International events to determine their INTERNATIONAL rating, and maintain an up to date data base with current ratings of sailors posted on the ISAF website. The IFDS Classification Committee is responsible for updating and maintaining the  Functional Classification System  which provides rules and guidelines for quantifying anatomical and functional sailing ability. It is revised and updated every four years. For these services, there is a 50 Euro fee that is charged to the sailor once every Paralympic Quadrennium (each four year Olympic period).

The US Sailing Functional Classification System and Procedures Manual may be reviewed by clicking HERE. The US Sailing Classifier Committee based this document on the IFDS FCS 2013-2016 manual. The US Sailing document guides the Classification Process and is the basis for Classifier Training and Certification.

IFDS Classification Information is maintained on the International Sailing Federation’s website at: http://www.sailing.org/sailors/disabled/competition.php

The IFDS Functional Classification System and Procedures Manual 20013 – 2016 is available at: http://www.sailing.org/tools/documents/IFDSFCS20132016-[14200].pdf