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April 2017 Blind Sailing Calendar Event

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April 2017 Blind Sailing Calendar Event and newsletter

Note: All dates and venues are subject to change. ALWAYS contact event organizers to confirm details prior to making travel and lodging commitments. For your convenience, the events are listed in chronological order, other than the “possible” events listed at the end.


If you have updates or additional events to report, please send me an email message with a simple event description in the format below and I will include it in the next monthly newsletter. Even if your event is only a “save the date” type notice, I can include in the “possible” section at the end.


The good folks at US sailing have put many of these events on their adaptive sailing calendar as well so please go to for not only calendar events, but also a host of great resources. Of course, Blind Sailing International is also a go to resource for all things blind sailing. Go to for more from BSI.


Lastly, the blind sailing community has been blessed to attract the attention of the Womans International Match Racing Association which has dedicated part of its website to providing resources for visually impaired sailors. Go to for more from WIMRA.


Look for a new item in next month’s edition of this newsletter in which I provide details on a forum of sourts to better match up teams which need VIP crew and VIP sailors who are looking for crew opportunities. It will probably be a part of the website.




Walt Raineri

The Blind Guy


Schedule of Known Events:


What: Homerus International Championship (B1 and B2 Blind Match Racing Regatta)

When: May 9-13, 2017.

Where: Salerno, Italy

OA: AZIMUT SALERNO and HOMERUS ASSOCIAZIONE ONLUS. NOR: Available in English and Italian. English version is presented at: : Information Contact: AZIMUT: and HOMERUS: info@homerus.iyt

What: 2017 BAADS Blind Sailing Fleet Racing Clinic

When: Friday May 12, Saturday May 13 and Sunday May 14, 2017

Where: San Francisco Bay, Clipper Cove on Treasure Island OA:   Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors (BAADS).

Notes: This blind sailing Fleet Racing Skills Clinic will be limited to just a few participants given the lack of qualified sighted skippers who can assist with the event. Fees will be minimal at only $100 for BAADS members and $150 for non-members, which will include lunches, snacks, resource materials, boats, instructor personnel and safety gear. The clinic will provide participants the opportunity to obtain hands on experience with all aspects of boat handling and fleet racing tactics on a Sonar 23.

Registration: email Walt Raineri at He will send to you an invitation packet which will include a registration form, medical information form and liability waiver form to complete and return to him, along with other information about the clinic.

Payment of Registration Fees. You will be instructed on how to pay your registration fees in your welcome letter once you have expressed your interest to Walt Raineri as noted above. This event will fill up on a first to pay registration fee basis.



What: Ninth Annual Robie Pierce Women’s Invitational and Disabled Sailors Regatta

When: June 1-4, 2017.

Where: American Yacht Club in Rye, NY USA OA: American Yacht Club

NOR and SI:

On Line Registration; Website::



What: Blind Fleet Racing North American Championships

When: June 15-18, 2017.

Where: Sheboygan, WI USA.

OA: Sail Sheboygan and Sailing Education Association of Sheboygan NOR: TBA

Notes: This event represents a change in venue for the Blind Sailing Nationals (US) from Sail Newport to Sheboygan to better accommodate competitors from across North America. Look for more details from Sail Sheboygan. Class boats will be Sonars and it is expected that the standard four person crew format will be used (visually-impaired helm, visually-impaired main sheet trimmer, sighted jib trimmer and sighted tactician).

Website: Registration forms and payment options will be made available early next week. Information: For additional information contact Matt Wierzbach at


What: 2017 Canadian Invitational Blind Sailing Regatta

When: August 18-20, 2017

Where:: Oakville, Ontario (just outside of Toronto) nor: TBA

Notes: A fleet of 7.5 metre Flying Tigers will be used for this event.

Website: TBA

Registration: TBA


What:   Clagett/Oakcliff Match Racing Clinic and Regatta

When: August 25-27, 2017

Where: Oyster Bay, New York.


Note: It appears that there are only slots for 10 teams so if you are interested you should follow up with the race organizers soon.


More Information:

What: The North American Challenge Cup

When: September 8-10, 2017.

Where: Chicago Yacht Club in Chicago, IL. OA: Chicago Yacht Club


Notes: Site of the 2015 Blind Fleet Racing World Championships, CYC’s North American Challenge Cup is an annual fleet racing event for disabled and visually-impaired sailors. The website is not updated for 2017, but the information is still generally relevant.




What: 2017 BAADS Blind match Racing Clinic

When: October 20, 21 and 22, 2017

Where: San Francisco Bay, South Beach harbour. OA:   Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors (BAADS)

Notes: This clinic will be open to all but space will be very limited on the two Sonar boats to be used. The Clinic will be a 3 day clinic with a mini match racing regatta on the final day. The cost will be $100 for BAADS members and $150 for non members.   This Clinic will fill up on a first to pay registration fee basis.

Registration:   Welcome packages will be sent out to all those expressing an interest in early Summer. A simple email to Walt Raineri at will generate an invitation package.

Payment of Registration Fees: You will be instructed on how to pay your registration fees for this clinic in your welcome package when you express an interest in the clinic.



Schedule of Other Possible Blind Sailing Events in 2017


What World Sailing Blind Fleet Racing World Championships

When: TBA, if at all.

Where: TBA if at all.

OA: TBA, if at all.

NOR: TBA, if at all.

Website: TBA, if at all.

Notes: The Houston Yacht Club and World Sailing failed to agree to hold this event and in March of 2017, with less than 5 months to go, the event was cancelled. There is an effort being made to reschedule the event for the same time period of September 9-15, 2017, but no news is available beyond this general note from Blind Sailing International.


What: 2017 Boston Open Fleet Racing Regatta When TBA, probably in late September or October 2017 Where: Boston, MA USA NOR: TBA

Website: TBA

Information Contact: TBA


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