November 22, 2017 - Kingston, ON
It has been a successful fall for the Canadian blind sailors as they competed in the World Sailing 2017 Blind Sailing Championships. The event was held September 11-17 at the Sheboygan Yacht Club on Lake Michigan in Wisconsin. The two Canadian teams competed in the Sonar fleet of 14 boats, in the B2 and B3 division.
In blind sports, there are three sight categories. B1 has no vision up to light perception. B2 has light perception up to a visual acuity of 20/400 or a Five-degree field of view. B3 can have up to a ten-degree field of view, or acuity up to 20/200 after correction. Each team consist of 4 sailors: a visually impaired helm and mainsail trimmer, along with a sighted jib trimmer and tactician.
Canadians, David Brown and Brian Arthur, originally classified as a B1 level, competed in the B2 level due to the high number of boats in their original division. Alongside their sighted tactician, Ross Adams, and jib trimmer, Chuck Nevel, the team completed seventeen races over five days, placing 2nd in their division.
Chris Jonas (helm) and Jodi Munden (main trimmer) competed at the B3 level, alongside experienced sighted crew from America, Andrew Wilkinson and Renee Charpentier. The team placed 3rd and captured the bronze medal. With limited resources and training time, this is a great accomplishment for these two Canadian sailors.