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October 2017 Blind Sailing Calendar Event and newsletter

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October 2017 Blind Sailing Calendar Event and newsletter


Quick 2017 Schedule reference:

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

October     2017 Boston Open Blind Sailing Regatta , Boston USA, October 14 or 15, 2017.

November No events known.

December No events known.

Jan –Dec 2018   No events known.


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.


As noted in my last newsletter, this will be my last edition as there is nothing else on which to report. I encourage anyone interested to pick up the torch and continue the newsletter tradition when events become known.  If someone willing to pick up the newsletter responsibility asks, I can provide a mailing list to continue things.


Calm seas and fair winds to you all.



Walt Raineri

The Blind Guy





Schedule of Known Events:


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. Due to some amazing fundraising efforts, the cost will be a mere $75  per participant.   The really good news is that BAADS has teamed up with the SF Lighthouse for the Blind and housing will be available for all participants, coaches, volunteers, and travelling companions right in downtown San Francisco for only $75 per person per night, with 3 or 4 night stays possible. Public transportation directly to the clinic marina is just a few steps from the door of the residential facility.  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 late Summer.  A simple email to Walt Raineri at  will generate an invitation and welcome 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.  If you choose the housing option, you can conveniently pay for both your registration and housing at the same time.



What: 2017 Boston Open Blind Sailing Regatta

When: Saturday, October 14 with a rain date of Sunday, October 15.

Where: Charles River, Boston

OA:   Community Boating, Inc.

Notes: The regatta will be held at Community Boating, Inc. (CBI) in Boston and racing in Sonars will take place in the Charles River Basin between the Longfellow and  Massachusetts Avenue Bridges.

Registration:   See NOR

NOR:   Contact Duane Farrar at

Further Inquiries: Contact  Duane Farrar at





Schedule of Other Possible Blind Sailing Events in 2017


None known.


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