Everyone loves a parade and this one is very special. The 2012 International Association for Disabled Sailing World Championships will launch in record-breaking fashion with the World’s Shortest Parade beginning at 11 a.m., Jan. 7, 2012 in Punta Gorda, Fla.
Participants, including 100 sailors with disabilities from 15 countries, will walk and roll along Nesbit Street from the Florida Community Bank to Laishley Park, a distance of less than 300 yards. Jointly organized by Charlotte Harbor Regatta Inc., and the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, the event also will feature parade of nations, local dignitaries, boating and community groups and music.
The festivities will continue at Laishley Park, where the IFDS Worlds Fair & Market will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fairgoers can sample food and beverages with an international flavor and have a front-row seat to the preparations of IFDS Worlds sailors and support personnel.
The IFDS is the world organizing body for disabled sailing. It conducts an annual world championship regatta for Paralympic class boats, the 2.4mR, the SKUD-18 and the Sonar. The IFDS chose Charlotte Harbor Regatta, Inc., a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit corporation, to serve as host organization of its world championship in 2012. The regatta will be staged at Laishley Park Municipal Marina in Punta Gorda, Fla., from Jan. 7-15, 2012.
Charlotte Harbor Regatta, Inc., was founded in 2009 to promote sailing on Charlotte Harbor. It has conducted two one-design sailboat regattas that have drawn some 300 sailors on 150 boats to Charlotte Harbor. The event was recognized by the Charlotte County Convention & Visitors Bureau at its 2010 tourism luncheon with the “Tourism Event Development Award” and received an award from the National Association of Sports Commissions as its “Outstanding Locally Created Event for Budgets Under $100,000.”