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03 August 2018



Sailors from Great Britain, the United States, Canada and Australia will compete to become the next Blind Match Racing World Champions in one month’s time.


The Blind Match Racing World Championships will be held at the Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club in Rhu near Helensburgh between 3-7 September 2018. This year will be the first time the biennial world championships have been held in the UK.


Two teams from Great Britain will seek to defend the World Championship they won in 2016. The event sees the return of skippers David Brown (CAN) and Walter Raineri (USA) who took away Silver and Bronze respectively at the last match racing championships in Sheboygan in 2016.

The full line-up for the Blind Match Racing World Championship is:

Team     Skipper

AUS       Kylie Forth

CAN       David Brown

GBR1      Sharon Grennan

GBR2     Sally Rodrigues

USA       Walter T. Raineri


Craig Macdonald, BMRWC 2018 Event Chairman said:


“We are really pleased with the strength of entrants from Britain, Canada, the United States and Australia.


“The Blind Match Racing World Championships have a reputation for being very friendly off the water, but there are a few scores to settle on the water. 


“Britain’s two-team entry could make good use of home advantage, but are without skipper Vicki Sheen – who dominated the championships for the last decade – who has retired. GBR’s skippers Grennan and Rodrigues will have to fend off strong challenges from Worlds’ veterans David Brown (CAN) and Walter Raineri (USA) if they are to retain the championship.


“We’re also looking forward to welcoming Australia, skippered by Kylie Forth who knows what it’s like to stand at the top of the podium.


“All in all its a quality field with lots of talent and experience on show so it’s shaping up to be a very competitive and exciting week of racing at Rhu.”



16 May 2018


Connect Radio - the radio station of the UK blind charity the Royal National Institute for the Blind - has previewed the   

Interviews with World Sailing Para World Sailing Manager Massimo Dighe, GB Blind Sailing's Lucy Hodges and Liam Cattermole, and RNCYC Commodore, David Whitham.


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12 April 2018



Scotland’s oldest sailing club has been unveiled as the host venue for the Blind Match Racing World Championship.

World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport, has chosen the Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club to host the Blind Match Racing World Championship from 1 – 7 September 2018. It is expected that the world’s top visually-impaired sailors will travel to the Helensburgh-based sailing club to compete.

2018 will mark the first time the Blind Match Racing World Championship has been held in Great Britain.

David Whitham, Commodore of the Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club said:

“We are delighted to have been selected by World Sailing to host the Blind Match Racing World Championship. As a club we regularly compete in, and host, international regattas but this will be the highest level of competition the club has hosted in recent times.

“Previous blind sailing worlds have attracted the very best sailors and we are really looking forward to welcoming teams from around the world to our club. Arrangements are already moving into place and our members are working hard to make it the best Blind Worlds ever. 

“As a club we are committed to breaking down barriers and want to help make sailing accessible to as many people as possible. We believe this event can help us to inspire more people to take up sailing. We also want to create a legacy and ensure that the sport of blind sailing continues to grow here in Scotland.”


Massimo Dighe, Para World Sailing Manager at World Sailing said:


“World Sailing is thrilled that the Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club will be hosting the 2018 edition of the Blind Match Racing World Championship and welcoming world class sailors to compete on their waters.


“The club have made a wonderful commitment to grow blind sailing and inspire new sailors to take up the sport. This, coupled with world class facilities, makes them a perfect fit as hosts of this major event.


“I look forward to working with the organisers to deliver a memorable competition for the sailors, volunteers, the local community and the club.”


Vicki Sheen, Chairman of Blind Sailing International and 2016 Blind Match Racing World Champion said:


“It has been great to work with such an enthusiastic club. The facilities, sailing area and boats pave the way for a top-class championship allowing highly competitive, visually-impaired sailors to showcase their skills. “


“2018 will be the first time this event has been hosted in the UK and we are confident that this will boost entries from Europe as well as teams from around the world.”


Laura Cammidge helmed Great Britain to Gold in the B3 category at the World Blind Sailing Championships in Sheboygan, USA in 2017. She said:


“I was thrilled to win Gold at the Blind Sailing World Championships in Sheboygan in 2017 as part of the Great Britain team and prove that with the right support anything is possible.

"It will be really cool to compete at a World Championship in home waters where I learnt to sail. Now that Scotland has been confirmed as the host nation for the 2018 Worlds I hope that it will encourage other Scots, who may not think of sailing as a sport they can take part in, to give it a go.”

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