The Kingston Yacht Club is Proud to have been selected to host the 2019 Blind Fleet Racing World Championships! This marks the first time Canada has hosted this event. There will be 14-16 teams from Canada, Unite States, Australia, Japan, France and Great Britain. Canada will have three teams competing. Please see video below as David Brown, One of Canada's skippers speaks of the World Events from a Blind Invitational Regatta in 2016.
Opening Ceremonies Will Be September the 1st.
Racing Will Take Place From September 2nd to the 8th, in the Kingston Harbour. Most races should be visible from shore and there may be opportunity to view from spectator boats.
Blind Sailing International started a class of Fleet Racing in the late 1990’s which provided visually impaired sailors with a level playing field, where lack of sight is no longer a disadvantage. The athletes will be racing on a 24ft Shark Class keel boat - racing in teams of four people, two visually impaired and two sighted. The helmsman, who is responsible for the steering, is always visually impaired, as is the main sheet trimmer. The tactician is sighted and not allowed to take part in the physical sailing of the boat. There is a second sighted crew member who trims the jib sail.
We need your help to ensure a well run and enjoyable regatta for competitors and volunteers alike. Please take a moment to consider donating to this event. To learn more and to follow the event visit our regatta website at https://kingstonyachtclub.com/blindsailingworlds2019/
Your donation will generate a tax deductible receipt emailed to you immediately upon completing your donation in the form below.