Blind Match Racing World Championship - 3-7 September 2018

The Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club was proud to host the Blind Match Racing World Championship 2018.


In April 2018 World Sailing appointed RNCYC as host and Organising Authority for the 2018 championships. This was the first time the blind match racing worlds had been hosted in the UK, and attracted teams from Australia, Canada, Great Britain and the United States of America.


The RNCYC’s fleet of nine one-design Sonar keelboats, coupled with our experience in organising major regattas, were key drivers in the Club being appointed as host of the 2018 event.

“The Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club have done a fantastic job running a top-level world championship.

“The race officials and event volunteers worked extremely hard to make the competition fair in all the weather conditions presented by the Scottish summer, and the competitors reported some of the best blind sailing match racing they’ve ever taken part in.

“After a successful pre-event clinic, the level of competition was very high, and World Sailing is delighted with the way the 2018 edition of the Blind Match Racing World Championships has been delivered.”

Liz Baylis, World Sailing

All images ©Neill Ross

The Blind Match Racing World Championship 2018 took place in the waters of the Clyde off Helensburgh from Monday 3 – Friday 7 September. After five days of close, competitive racing, Sharon Grennan’ GBR1 team took Gold, with GBR2’s Sally Rodrigues taking Silver and Walter T. Raineri’s USA taking Bronze. Read more... 

The Club was delighted to welcome its Patron, HRH Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, to watch competitors taking part in the semi-finals on Thursday 6 September. Read more...

Prior to the Championship, a Pre-race Clinic took place from 28-30 August, led by former Women’s Match Racing World Champion and Women’s Match Racing Association (WIMRA) Executive Director, Liz Baylis.


The clinic involved tutorials, on-land exercises and on-the-water drills geared towards improving match racing skills and performance including boat-speed, boat-handling, match race starting fundamentals and tactics, upwind and downwind tactics, and rules.


The club would like to thank main sponsor Denholm Group, World Sailing Global Partners Rolex, Volvo and SAP and Event Partners Rhu Marina, Black & Lizars and North U.

The Club would also like to thank the small number of generous members who underwrote the costs of hosting this event.

Event information from the 2018 edition of the Blind Match Racing World Championships are available to view here.  

If you have any questions about the Blind Match Racing World Championship 2018 please email

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