A 23’ keelboat ideally seated for Paralympic sport because of her stability and generous cockpit.
In Paralympic competition the Sonar is sailed as a sloop rig with no spinnaker. Instead teams remain inside the cockpit and use a whisker pole to ‘wing’ the jib downwind. First selected as a demonstration sport for the Atlanta games in 1996, sailing became a full-fledged Paralympic sport in 2000 at Sydney. Since that time Paralympic sailing has progressed to be an elite internationally competitive sport. Because of the growing number of Sonars in the world as well as the boats aptness to be sailed by any ability crew, many disabled sailors are competing in open events.