Britannia Rules The Worlds

A trio of blind and visually-impaired sailors from the UK has won the Blind Match Racing World Championship 2018.

The Blind Match Racing Worlds – hosted for the first time in the UK by the Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club – was won by Great Britain’s Sharon Grennan, a completely blind sailor, and her visually-impaired crew: Liam Cattermole and Lucy Hodges MBE.

Grennan’s GBR1 team remained undefeated in all of their 13 races over five days of close, competitive racing on the Clyde.

Yesterday, the event was visited by HRH The Princess Royal - Patron of the Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club - who watched semi-final racing out on the race area and met with competitors, race officials, event organisers and sponsors ashore.

Gold medallists  GBR1 with their Coach and representatives from RNCYC

Speaking after her team sailed to Gold, Sharon Grennan, Gold medallist and skipper of the victorious Team GBR1 said:

“This is my first gold medal in a match racing world championship. It’s a brilliant feeling and we’ve had a great time racing against teams from Australia, Canada and the USA, as well as our GBR2 teammates.

“We put a lot of work into preparing for the event and have gotten together for one weekend once a month to train. We’ve wor