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The SKUD 18 Paralympic Class - Double-handed keelboat - Mixed

The SKUD18 made its first Paralympic appearance at Beijing 2008. Sailed by two disabled crew, with at least one female on board, the SKUD18 is designed with the 49er skiff in mind and has three sails. It is the only Paralympic class with a spinnaker.

For Paralympic competition the SKUD18 sails with two sailors seated on the centreline. The helm must have classification points 1 or 2 (most severely disabled) with the crew classified 1-7. Because the level of disability, helms typically sit on a canting seat while the crew has to remain strapped in at all times.

SKUD - Stats

Designer Bethwaite Design Ltd
Year Designed 2005
LOA 5.8 m (19 ft)
Beam 2.29 m (7 ft 6 in)
Draft 1.7 m (5 ft 7 in)
MainSail Area 10.5 m2 (113 sq ft)
Head Sail 5 m2 (54 sq ft)
Spinnaker 20 m2 (220 sq ft)
Hull Weight 400kg (880lb)
Crew 2
Olympic Debut 2008 - Beijing, China
UK Class Association


London 2012 Paralympic Games Top 3

Gold Daniel Fitzgibbon 
Liesl Tesch 
Australia (AUS)
Silver Jen French 
Jp Creignou 
United States (USA)
Bronze Alexandra Rickham 
Niki Birrell 
Great Britain (GBR)

Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games Top 3

Gold Nick Scandone
Maureen McKinnon-Tucker
United States (USA)
Silver Daniel Fitzgibbon
Rachael Cox
Australia (AUS)
Bronze John McRoberts
Stacie Louttit
Canada (CAN)


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