2018 Blind Match Racing World Championship

The Blind Match Racing Championship was organized for the first time by the Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club in the UK. The winner of the championship was Sharon Grennan from Britain who is totally blind. She was accompanied by her crew members Lucy Hodges and Liam Cattermole who are visually impaired. Sharon’s GBR1 team was not defeated in any of the 13 races. The event was attended by HRH the Princess Royal who was a part of the semi final event to watch the race and interacted with race officials, competitors, sponsors and event organizers.

Sharon said it was her first medal in gold segment and it’s a great feeling. She, along with her team had an excellent time racing against different teams from the USA, Canada and Australia. The entire team put in hard efforts to prepare for the world championship, including a training camp in Zadar. They worked more on communication and teamwork on the boat and the roles were divided. The team also underwent training on how to sail in distinct weather conditions which made them perform so brilliantly. It was undoubtedly the best feeling for the winner besides the team got a chance to meet sailors across the world. Sharon said that she was highly competitive on the water and off the water; she got to learn a lot from others.

Laura Cammidge won the silver medal and said it had been a great week of racing. The team learned to sail in variable weather. Although they didn’t get the outcome they aimed for, they did push themselves as hard as they could. The team was indeed happy with the silver medal and sailing the entire week was a great experience by itself. Walter T Rainer won Bronze in the Petit Final. Walter said it was a good trip to Scotland with a Bronze medal. It was a team effort which made these winners achieve medals.

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