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May 2017 Blind Sailing Calendar Event and newsletter

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May 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.

 

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.

 

Note below the new Crew Finder feature after the summary of each event to assist those partial teams looking for crew and those crew looking for teams. If you would like me to add your contact information to the Crew Finder list, just respond to me with your name, contact information and whether you are looking for crew or are looking to be crew. I will circulate the information so those interested can contact each other.

 

Lastly, Walt Raineri has personally set up a $1 for $1 matching fund up to $600 to help pay for the costs of the Blind Fleet North Americans in June. If you are interested in making a donation which will be matched up to $600, please go to www.seas.org navigate to the donate button, make a donation and be sure to note the match fund in the memo of the donation. This event benefits us all and it is important to assist the organizing club as they have really stepped up to assist the blind sailing community when many have abandoned us.

 

Enjoy.

 

 

Walt Raineri

The Blind Guy

Wtr1977@yahoo.com

 

 

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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: azimutpontili@gmail.com and HOMERUS: info@homerus.iyt Crew Finder:   With the event just two weeks, there is no need to set up a crew finder list for this event.

 

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 is now full and registration has closed. If you are interested in participating in a similar clinic next year, please send a note to wtr1977@yahoo.com and express your interest.

Registration: Now closed.

 

 

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: http://www.robiepierceonedesignregatta.com/registration-and-housing.html

On Line Registration; https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QBJVSXB Website:: http://www.robiepierceonedesignregatta.com

 

Crew Finder List for Robie Pierce Regatta

Teams/Boats looking for Crew

Provide your team contact information and for what crew position you are looking.

 

Crew looking for teams/boats.

Provide your contact information and for what crew position you are looking.

 

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 mattw@seasheboygan.org

 

Crew Finder List for 2017 North American Blind Fleet Racing Championships.

Teams/Boats looking for Crew

Provide your team contact information and for what crew position you are looking.

 

Crew looking for teams/boats.

Provide your contact information and for what crew position you are looking.

 

 

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 meter  Flying Tigers will be used for this event.

Website: TBA

Registration: TBA

 

Crew Finder List for 2017 Canadian Invitational Blind Sailing Regatta

Teams/Boats looking for Crew

Provide your team contact information and for what crew position you are looking.

 

Crew looking for teams/boats.

Provide your contact information and for what crew position you are looking.

 

 

What:   Clagett/Oakcliff Match Racing Clinic and Regatta

When: August 25-27, 2017

Where: Oyster Bay, New York.

NOR: http://www.oakcliffsailing.org/programs/racing/notices-of-race/

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.

Website: http://www.clagettregatta.org/announcements/clagett-oakcliff-match-race-regatta-announces-2017-dates

More Information: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07edn48b0odc403fb5&llr=gstinjdab

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: The North American Challenge Cup

When: September 8-10, 2017.

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

NOR: TBA

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.

Website: https://www.chicagoyachtclub.org/nacc

 

Crew Finder List for The North American Challenge Cup

Teams/Boats looking for Crew

Provide your team contact information and for what crew position you are looking.

 

Crew looking for teams/boats.

Provide your contact information and for what crew position you are looking.

 

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. Look for more details in next month’s newsletter. Registration: TBA, but team cost will be $1250, plus damage deposit. Contact Person: TBA

 

Crew Finder List for 2017 World Sailing Blind Fleet Racing World Championships

Teams/Boats looking for Crew

Provide your team contact information and for what crew position you are looking.

 

Crew looking for teams/boats.

Provide your contact information and for what crew position you are looking.

 

 

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 wtr1977@yahoo.com 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.

 

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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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