The SKUD18 is the result of collaboration between Hansa Sailing's Chris Mitchell and B&B Technology and Innovation - Julian Bethwaite and Martin Billoch.
By combining Mitchell's unique understanding and ideology of sailing for people with disabilities with 20 years of Bethwaite's high performance skiff experience, the result is the innovative 'lead assisted skiff' (LAS), the SKUD18.
The boat is an exciting challenge for able-bodied and disabled sailors alike. This boat has been designed from a performance basis, to offer scintillating, crisp and snappy response to sailors regardless of their mobility.
Mitchell, designer of all Hansa sailcraft and support equipment notes, 'The SKUD18 is very versatile and can be handled by a variety of crew configurations. The helmsperson can transfer manually and be steering with tillers, or be in a fixed seat on the centreline using a manual joystick, push/pull rods, or a servo assist joystick with full control of all functions. The forward crew can either be on the centreline, transferring manually, even riding trapeze. As its name denotes, the SKUD18 is a SKiff of Universal Design and can be sailed by people with all levels of physical ability.'
For Paralympic competition the SKUD18 sails with two sailors, male and one female, seated on the centreline. The SKUD18 will be sailed at the 2016 Rio and 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.
Class Rules, an Owners and Tuning Guide can be found here.
The pink wording SKUD18 on the white background is the class flag for the SKUD18.