Blind Sailing Community.
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 http://www.ussailing.org/education/adaptive-sailing/ 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 http://www.blindsailinginternational.com/ 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 http://www.wimra.org/ 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 www.baads.org website.
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: : http://www.blindsailinginternational.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Homerous-Italian-BMR-Regatta-May-9-to-13-2017-NOR-PDF-English.pdf Information Contact: AZIMUT: firstname.lastname@example.org and HOMERUS: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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: http://www.sailsheboygan.org/events/2017blind-fleet/ Registration forms and payment options will be made available early next week. Information: For additional information contact Matt Wierzbach at email@example.com
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Information Contact: TBA