Please select your home edition

Blind Match Racing World Championship at Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club - Day 1

by Lucy Hodges 4 Sep 2018 07:31 BST 1-7 September 2018

All teams woke to strong breeze but the weather forecasts were saying the wind would drop to 1-2 knots around 13.00. The teams arrived early at Rhu Marina after a great opening ceremony welcome by the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club whose hard work has made this event happen.

All boats headed out to the East race course which is positioned just in front of Helensborough Town. The wind had started to drop but racing was started promptly at 10.00. With the wind shifted by 90 degrees and the race was abandoned and AP was displayed. The race officer gradually moved the racing course further to the South, so racing could get underway. The breeze remained light throughout the day, reaching a maximum of 9 knots over the day. Due to the conditions, only 7 races were sailing out of the first round Robin.

GBR 1 met Canada in match 3 - GBR battled with Canada throughout the start but with 1 minute to go went back to ensure they made a good start. They hit the line dead on the gun with good pace, continuing to maintain boat speed in the tricky conditions held their lead to gain a win.

GBR 1 then met GBR 2 in match 4 - the wind was steady with breeze filling in from the left-hand side of the course.

Both teams made a good entry seeing GBR 1 Sharon Grennan looking for a penalty just after entry, but GBR 2 tactician Laura Cammidge kept boat speed up and manoeuvred away. Both boats made a good start at opposite ends of the line with GBR 2 starting on the port end and GBR 1 at the starboard end. Both boats had good speed, but with a few good tacks from GBR 1 saw them pull away and maintain their lead for the rest of the match.

Match 5 was GBR 2 against Australia - GBR 2 made a good entry attacking Australia early, but Australia moved into a good position and had a clean entry. Both boats headed to different areas of the starting box, with Australia heading downwind and GBR 2 heading across to the starboard side. GBR 2 made a good start and held a good lead to the top mark. But with a slight bit of tide catching them out at the windward mark, seeing them receive a penalty. This was cleared quickly and a strong win was taken.

GBR 1 was back on the water for Flights 6 and 7. A short wait for the breeze to settle and flight 6 was underway, GBR1 against Australia - a good entry by GBR saw them sail across to meet Australia, with a tight battle a penalty was awarded to Australia. GBR sailed across to the starboard side and made good progress around the race course to take there third win. With the wind still light at 5 knots, GBR 1 met USA in Flight 7 - this again saw both teams try to gain a penalty, but both boats split and GBR 1 made a good start and held the lead to win all four flights in their first round robin.

Results can be found here.

For day 2 the forecast is due to be lighter. Thanks to all the race officers for their hard work today.

More information at

Related Articles

Blind Sailing back on the Island
Training in Sonars ahead of the Worlds Blind Sailing's relationship with the Island is approaching 30 years. It started with the UKSA and to this day they continue to show their support for the charity. Posted on 2 Apr
What GBR Blind Sailing got up to in 2018
We couldn't do it without you As we look back at 2018, we would like to say a BIG THANK you to all that have supported the charity, with another successful year: Our volunteers who make each weekend such a success and progress our sailors, to our coaches. Posted on 23 Dec 2018
Blind Match Racing Worlds in Scotland overall
Won by GBR's Sharon Grennan, Liam Cattermole and Lucy Hodges 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. Posted on 8 Sep 2018
Blind Match Racing Worlds in Scotland day 4
Semi-finals day sets up an all-British Final tomorrow Day 4 and semi-finals day at the Blind Match Racing Championship and the story of the day was the epic battle brewing between GBR2 and Canada. In the second race of the day, David Brown's Canadian team drew first blood against Sally Rodrigues and GBR2. Posted on 6 Sep 2018
Blind Match Racing Worlds in Scotland day 3
Postponement allows time to test accessible app SARA Day 3 started the same way as day 2 with all sailors held ashore waiting for breeze. This time gave all teams a chance to be the sailors from France, both sighted and visually impaired, and to hear and test their accessible app SARA. Posted on 5 Sep 2018
Blind Match Racing Worlds in Scotland day 2
Great Britain 1 keep up their 100% winning record All teams arrived at the beautiful Rhu Marina, hoping for a start time of 10.00, but the sun was shining and the water was a perfect mirror. So the AP was displayed by the Race Committee and the waiting game started. Posted on 5 Sep 2018
Blind Match Racing Clinic
Preparing for World Championships in a few days This week has seen five counties take part in a pre-event clinic run by Liz Baylis. Sharon Grennan said it was a privilege to be taught by such an experienced coach that has over the last couple of years helped to grow Blind Sailing. Posted on 31 Aug 2018
GBR Team set to defend their title
At the Blind Sailing Match Racing World Championships This September will see two teams from Great Britain take part in the 2018 World Match Racing Championships hosted by Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club in conjunction with World Sailing. Posted on 10 Jun 2018
GBR Blind Sailing Training with Ian Williams
Winter Coaching continues in Cowes ahead of the 2018 Worlds in Scotland With a good steady breeze last Saturday, the squad met at Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club, this weekend was the fourth weekend out of five planned winter training sessions, all focused on individual sailors advancing their skills. Posted on 28 Mar 2018
GBR Blind Sailing back on the water
Thanks to Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club After finishing 2018 as Blind Fleet Racing World Champions, this weekend the sailors started their selection for the World Blind Match Racing Championship. In 2014 and 2016 Great Britain won gold in this event and hope to do defend their title. Posted on 29 Jan 2018