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Homerus Project Background Information

Homerus focuses on encouraging blind sailors around the world to learn unaccompanied sailing. At the same time, the association is involved in different cultural and social areas at the national and international level.

Founder Alessandro Gaoso ended his athletic career as a 9-time Italian champion and two-time world champion in the Mini-Ton Cup racing class, and initiated the Homerus project in 1996. The project is based on his vision and the belief in the skills of the blind sailors. In Alessandro Gaoso’s opinion, they just needed tailor-made teaching methods to sail unescorted. His very successful blind sailing crews have proved him right in the past years – even in match races. Audiences are amazed and surprised when they watch them.

Thanks to the two-colored sails (top antique brown and white below) and the eye-catching Homerus logo, a blind sailor’s boat can be directly identified. For regattas and match races, a blind sailor is supported by acoustic signals so other boats and buoyage can be identified.

The first Homerus project was created in 1996 on Lake Garda and expanded quickly. More than 200 blind sailors from all over Italy have been trained up til now. Homerus is now represented in 12 locations in the country. In addition, Australia, Israel, Japan, England, America, New Zealand, Canada, Finland, France, Spain and Switzerland have adopted the training method and Homerus has initiated various national and world championships.

Objectives of the project:

– to be an example of sports without borders

– to encourage blind sailors to believe in their abilities

– to promote and educate blind sailors

– to give rise to blind crews on every continent

– to convey the Homerus method to sailing teachers around the world

Homerus Activities:

1997    National Championship in Gargnano, Italy

1998    National Championship in Caldonazzo Lake, Italy

2000    National Championship in Dervio, Italy

2001    National Championship in Porto Tolle – Delta del Po, Italy

National Championship in Salò, Italy

2002    National Championship in Campione del Garda, Italy

International Championship in Dervio, Italy

2003    National Championship in Genova, Italy

International Championship in Auckland, Australia

2004    National Championship in Rimini, Italy

2005    National Championship in Trieste, Italy

International Championship in Imperia, Italy

2006    National Championship in Sulzano, Italy

International Championship in Imperia, Italy

2007    National Championship in Desenzano, Italy

International Championship in Palermo, Itay

2008    National Championship in Bilancino – Mugello, Italy

International Championship in Sulzano – Lago d’Iseo, Italy

2009    World Championship IFDS, New Zeland

National Championship in Trasimeno, Italy

2010    I° World Championship IFDS Homerus Methode in Bogliaco, Italy

2011    World Championship IFDS, Australia

National Championship Open in Salò, Italy

2012    International Championship IFDS in Lover e, Italy

2013     National Championship in La Spezia, Italy

2014    Homerus Invitational Match Racing Championship in La Spezia, Italy

IFDS Blind Match Racing World Championship, Sheboygan, WI USA

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