Game On: Learn about the divisioning process that differentiates Special Olympics from other sport organizations.

Always communicate with your local coordinator if you are interested in submitting registration for an event.

Lake Norman Sailing Regatta/Invitational Registration Forms

Local program coordinators should follow these instructions and submit entries to

  • Special Olympics Lake Norman Sailing Regatta Registration Paperwork

Special Olympics Lake Norman will host a sailing regatta September 6-8, 2019.

Programs are allowed to travel outside the state to participate in sailing regattas.

Host an Invitational

Local programs are encouraged to invite neighboring counties to participate in invitationals, scrimmages, or leagues.  Click here for some basic steps on how to get started.

About Sailing: Every team of one (1), two (2) or three (3) members aims in achieving to travel by boat through a specific area in the best minimum time. The speed, the power, and the intelligence are three very important assets for the success in sailing. 

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 divisions will be included in the series score, based on the boat’s finishing position within their division.  

History: SONC has offered sailing as a locally popular sport since 2004.  

By the Numbers:   

Sport Development Teams (SDT) are responsible for assisting with local and state-level programs and competition, educating coaches and officials, and promoting active engagement among athletes throughout the year. Click here for more information.

Certified Clinicians receive additional training in presentational skills to conduct training schools in their community.  In order to become a Certified Clinician one must have a Special Olympics North Carolina level 2 sport certification in this sport.

For more information on becoming an SDT member or a Certified Clinician, contact

Become an Athlete or Unified Partner

Special Olympics North Carolina offers sports training and competition in 19 Olympic-type sports to children and adults with intellectual disabilities.  Learn more on how to become an athlete.

Become a Unified partner and play on a team alongside athletes with intellectual disabilities.

Become a Coach

Combine knowledge and passion for a sport by becoming a Special Olympics North Carolina coach to lead athletes in preparing for local and state-level competition.

Become a Volunteer

Serve a crucial role at Special Olympics North Carolina by volunteering at our office or one of our many events throughout the year. Check out our home page for these volunteer opportunities.

Share Your Sport Knowledge

Officiate for Special Olympics North Carolina by donating your time as a sports official.  Contact for more information.

Sport Development Team members (SDT) are active volunteers who channel their passion and knowledge for a sport into effective leadership for local and state programs.  

Certified clinicians supplement the SDT by providing coaches training in their community.  Click here for trainers.

For more information on getting involved, contact