Match racing for blind sailors is growing!
The Royal Northern and Clyde yacht club in Rhu, Scotland was the gracious host for the 2018 World Blind Match Racing championships from September 1st to 7th . Five teams from four countries including Australia, Canada, the United States and Great Britian attended. Every team had at least one blind sailor that had not previously participated in a world championship match racing regatta.
All teams took advantage of a three-day pre-event match racing clinic with women's match racing champion, Liz Baylis to prepare for the serious competition.
The Canadian team included: Joshua Cook, Brian Arthur, and David Brown with Phil Cook as their coach.
Each team had a totally blind helm, and legally blind crew for main and jib trimmers.
All three marks for the windward-leeward course made distinct sounds and every one of the Sonar 23-foot sailboats had an audible port and starboard indicator installed.
This allows the teams to orient themselves on the course.
Full report can be found here