Sailing first appeared at the Paralympic Games in Atlanta 1996 with a demonstration class for Sonar only. In Sydney 2000 it extended to include Sonar and 2.4mR and in Beijing 2008 to include SKUD. At the moment it has been removed from the programme for Tokyo 2020.

Sailing for disabled people became increasingly popular during the 1980s and in 1988 the International Handicap Sailing Committee was formed. In 1991, the International Sailing Federation recognised the IHSC and the organisation was re-named the International Foundation for Disabled Sailing, which remains the international organisation today.