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July 2017 Blind Sailing Calendar Event and newsletter

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July 2017 Blind Sailing Calendar Event and newsletter
Quick Schedule reference:

July:                Independence Cup, Chicago, Illinois, USA, July 27-30, 2017,

August:           2017 Canadian Invitational Blind Sailing Regatta, Oakville, Ontario , Canada, August 18-20, 2017

August            Clagett/Oakcliff Match Racing Clinic and Regatta, Oyster Bay, New York, USA, August 25-27, 2017

September       Possible Event. North American Challenge Cup, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA, September 8-10, 2017

September       2017 Blind Fleet Racing World Championships, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA, September 11-17, 2017.

October           2017 Blind Match Racing Clinic, San Francisco, California USA, October 20-22, 2017

November       No events

December        No events.



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. Also, this is not supposed to be a USA centric list. Please forward information about events anywhere around the world and I will post it.



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 Woman’s International Match Racing Association which has dedicated part of its website to providing resources for visually impaired sailors. Go to for more from WIMRA.



Due to complete lack of feedback or any participation in the new crew and team finder feature which I included in my last two newsletters, I have dropped this feature.





Walt Raineri

The Blind Guy



Schedule of Known Events:


What: 2017 Independence Cup

When: Thursday, July 27 – Sunday, July 30, 2017 

Where: Chicago, IL

OA: Judd Goldman Sailing Center NOR: and navigate to link.

Notes: 4-Star Hotel with accessible rooms (Palmer House or Hilton Chicago)  Hilton ; Professionally maintained sailboats   JGASF; Race Clinic and Coaches; Ground Transportation   Cook Illinois Corp ; (All provided at no charge!) e our guest for a Fantastic Weekend of Racing, Food and Fun! . We have a fleet of 2.4 mR (Singlehanded), Freedom Independence 20 (Double handed) and Sonar (Triple handed) class boats available to competitors.  Also included are Travel Grants.  Attend our JGASF Independence Gala dinner party as our guest as well as a Special barbecue.  An Award Ceremony/Dinner event will round out a great regatta!  And, for your cookie monsters, Carol’s Cookies will be served

Website: Finder List: and navigate to link. More Information: and just navigate to various links.


What: 2017 Canadian Invitational Blind Sailing Regatta

When: Registration August 17, racing August 18-20, 2017 Where:: Oakville, Ontario (just outside of Toronto) nor: Notes: A fleet of 7.5 meter Flying Tigers will be used for this event. Team registration fee is $500 CAD plus tax, so $565 CAD total (converts to about $411 USD). Website:



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:

Crew Finder List for Clagett/Oakcliff Match Racing Clinic and Regatta: The event website has its own crew finder feature so go to the event website, navigate to the crew resource area and add your information.


What: Possible Event. The North American Challenge Cup

When: September 8-10, 2017.

Where: Either Chicago Yacht Club in Chicago, IL. or Sheboygan Yacht Club =, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. OA: Chicago Yacht Club


Notes: This event is still in the planning stages but it could be held just prior to the Blind Fleet Racing World Championships in Sheboygan, Wisconsin at the same venue, using the same boats. Stay tuned.




What 2017 World Sailing Blind Fleet Racing World Championships

When: Opening Ceremony September 11, competition beginning September 12 and closing ceremony on Sunday, September 17. 2017 Where: Sheboygan, WI, USA OA: Sail Sheboygan. NOR: TBA Website: TBA Notes: A wonderful effort by many different parties has brought back to life this event to be sailed on Sonars in the waters off Sheboygan, WI, USA. NOR and Registration information are both TBA, but team cost will be $1250, plus damage deposit. Contact Person: TBA



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 split into an advance level and a Training level so that everyone attending will be able to get as much out of it as possible. The Clinic will be open to all but space is limited. 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: 2017 Boston Open Fleet Racing Regatta When TBA, probably in late September or October 2017 Where: Boston, MA USA NOR: TBA

Website: TBA

Contact Person: TBA

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