Special Olympics World Games- Sailing

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Gayle Anderson was live in Long Beach, one of several southern California venues hosting the SPECIAL OLYMPICS WORLD GAMES.

We’re invited fill all of the stands now until August 2nd and cheer the amazing athletes who define Joy, Courage and Determination. It's time to Reach Up LA!

Today, Gayle was live in Long Beach at the Belmont Pier for the Sailing Competition. Every team of one (1), two (2) or three (3) members aims in achieving to travel with a boat through a specific area in best minimum time. The speed, the power and the intelligence are three very important assets for the success in any sport and Sailing in Special Olympics is not different. The best sailors develop the three aforementioned assets at the maximum of their capabilities.

Established at Special Olympics: 1995

Associations/Federations/Supporters: International Sailing Federation (ISAF)

Events for Competition: 

  • Level I & II – Unified Sports team
  • Level III – All Special Olympics athletes on a team with an on-board coach
  • Level IV – The entire team consists of Special Olympics athletes (no coach on board)
  • Level V – Special Olympics athletes shall compete single-handed

Differences of Special Olympics Sailing: At Special Olympics there are 5 skill levels of competition: Level 1 being the lowest skill level and Level 5 being single handed racing. All scoring shall be in accordance with Racing Rule of Sailing Appendix A, except Rule A2, which is the exclusion of the boat’s worst score. Scores from the race or races used to determine divisioning will be included in the series score, based on the boat’s finishing position within their division.

To follow the daily activities and competitions, check the detailed website:

Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 Schedule

Also, there are Special Olympics World Games Festivals and Entertainment. The competitions hosted during the nine days of competition July 25-August 2, 2015 are only one aspect of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. Much of the action and excitement outside the arenas and competition fields will occur in the two World Games Festivals hosted on the campuses of UCLA (Wilson Plaza) and USC (Alumni Park). Athletes, family members and spectators converge in these festive environments for interactive and entertaining events that include live musical performances, cultural education and demonstrations, interactive technology and gaming, sponsor activations, great food and family-friendly activities. Enthusiastic fans will meet Special Olympics athletes from an array of cultural and sporting backgrounds while also participating in fan engagement opportunities that send messages of support and encouragement to the competing athletes. Art installations and activities as diverse as the cultural landscape of Los Angeles insure that there is something for everyone. The festivals are free and open to the public daily, though some evening events may be at a limited capacity due to space restrictions.

For the complete list, of today’s festivities, please check the website.

Gayle also has information about the Special Needs Network Inc. Resource Guide: Special Needs Edition. The FREE guide was produced in conjunction with Toyota and KJLH Radio, 102.3FM.

Special Needs Network Inc. is an organization co-founded by Attorney Areva Martin, one of two mothers forced to cope with the challenges they faced after their two sons were diagnosed with Autism.

For more information about the Special Needs Network, Inc Resource Guide:

Special Needs Network, Inc / Together
3530 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90010

If you have questions, please feel free to call Gayle Anderson at 323-460-5732 or e-mail Gayle at Gayle.Anderson@KTLA.com

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