Park is still chastened by the memory of the Beijing Games when the six-strong squad, competing in three classes, arrived with an array of World Championship medals but failed to make the podium.
He ordered an immediate performance review and admits some hard lessons have been learned, although the same six sailors who competed in 2008 are back in 2012.
“The sailors came back after Beijing really quite disappointed they hadn’t managed to come home with a medal. When we came back everyone sat down and said ‘This is just not good enough’, both from a sailors’ perspective let alone a World Class programme and RYA perspective," said Park, who also manages the highly-successful Olympic sailing team.
“Immediately we set out on that four-year journey to try to re-establish what was required at the Paralympics and particularly that is about performing under pressure.
“The sailors have done a huge amount of work with the coaches and support staff over the last four years to put themselves in a stronger position where they feel more confident with what they are going to have to deal with at London 2012.
“One of the things with Paralympic sailing is you tend to have smaller fleets than at the Olympics and you don’t have a double-points medal race so you need to come fairly quickly out of the blocks and get some good results on the board.
“You can’t afford to have any high scores and hope it all evens out over the course of the week because there could be one or two performers who are performing so far ahead of the rest of the field that they never have a bad day and you can never catch up.”
Between them Britain’s team sailors have won nine World Championship medals since 2008, including Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell clinching four world titles in the SKUD.
John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas compete in the three-person keelboat and Helena Lucas in the one-person keelboat.
“The way we look at it is our Paralympic sailors have got special needs, our Olympic sailors have all got special needs; the only difference is the needs are different,” added Park.
“We regard them all as elite athletes, that is what they are, and we therefore provide them with the same level of service and we expect the same level of sacrifice, commitment and dedication from our Paralympic sailors as we do our Olympic sailors.”