Welcome to the 2017 Canadian Invitational Blind Sailing Regatta

Regatta Dates August 18, 19, 20, 2017
National One Design Sailing Academy, 14 Bronte Road, Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Sailboat racing provides people who are blind and vision impaired the opportunity to feel liberated from the daily limitations they experience. The freedom to choose and control their own course is a precious freedom the sighted world takes for granted.

The first ever Canadian Invitational Blind Sailing Regatta took place in Oakville, Ontario and Accessible Media Inc. covered all the action and created this video of this great event.

Results

The 2016 final results are available below.

Final Results…Congratulations to Team Accessible Media Inc – Ben Smith, Philip Kum, Al Marin & Steve Bayles as they claim the overall victory.
Day 3 saw winds out of the west, 8 to 10 knots, with approximate 40 degree wind shifts, flat water, full sun and no humidity to speak of.  Four more races in the books!

Here are the results from Day #2.
We saw it all today, no wind, to too much wind, heavy rain, to overcast to full sun.  Two more races are in the books. Team AMI is still on top with 4 wins.

 

sailors on the lake

The Teams

Racing in blind sailing is a team sport which, in this competitive race called a regatta, uses Flying Tiger 7.5M small keel sport boats. The crew consists of 4 sailors, 2 of whom are either totally blind or have partial sight and 2 of whom are sighted.

sailing crew

The Event

This is an invitational event for teams of blind sail crews.
A team compliment will consist of 4 members:

  • one visually impaired helmsman
  • one visually impaired mainsail / traveller trimmer
  • one sighted crew
  • one sighted tactician

Eligible teams may enter by completing the registration forms with payment by July 1st, 2017.

Registration is now open.

Each team will designate a Skipper for the event who will wholly accept responsibility for the safety of the yacht and crew. If the designated Skipper or crew needs to change at any time before or during the event, it must be in writing (electronic is accepted) to the Organizing Authority (OA).

A change of Skipper or crew approval will be posted on the official noticeboard once approved.

closeup of sailors

The Inspiration

Sailing with the wind in your face and full sails often reminds one of the long soaring flight of birds. Like cranes setting a course over the waters, our sailboats move with the wind over the waves.

sailors at the dock

Marketing Partnerships

There are many ways to make sponsorship interesting and fun. It is often a great way to raise company awareness, fun and team spirit to have people raising funds for a cause they believe in.  Marketing your company by supporting a Blind Sailing event is frequently considered “Sponsorship”.  At 1D Sailing, we are focused on creating “Marketing Partnerships” instead.  We create media impressions on the water, in post event video and in print media.  We can provide people to speak on behalf of the blind sailing team as well.   Contact 1D Sailing to discuss a way to get involved!!