At the moment, one of the most important goals for Blind Sailing UK affiliated sailors is fund raising. Having been active in training in the past month, sailors are now seeking the £20,000 they need to be able to send a team to Chicago in September to compete at the 2015 Blind World Fleet Racing Championship. Any additional funds they raise will be used to keep sailors on the water and in training.
The 2015 Blind World Fleet Racing Championship were originally scheduled to be held in Houston, but these were canceled in February. Last month, news was shared that the Worlds are tentatively back on for September 9 to 13 at the Chicago Yacht Club. The competition will be held at Chicago Match Race Center, with Sail Sheboygan serving as a co-host.
At last year’s World Championships, Vicki Sheen led the British team at the U.S. Sailing Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin finished first in the Category 2 event after beating the Italians to sweep their event. Members of the British side included Lucy Hodges and Liam Cattermole.