To all Blind Sailing competitors and supporters: In 2016 all eyes are focusing on Blind Match Racing. 2016 World Sailing Blind Match Racing Championships in Sheboygan, USA September 20-25, 2016.

You can now find attached the 2016 World Sailing Blind Match Racing World Championships Notice of Race and entry forms On BSI Website http://www.blindsailinginternational.com/match-racing-worlds or on Sail Sheboygan http://www.sailsheboygan.org/2016-blind-match-racing to be held September 20th (Tuesday) to the 25th (Sunday), 2016, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA. Sailors in all three vision classification categories -- B1, B2 and B3 -- will compete in one single class. The racing will use Sail Sheboygan's 3-person Sonar class boats with the Homerus audible racing system.

The September 2016 event will be particularly exciting as the Blind Match Racing World Championships will be hosted alongside the 2016 Women’s Match Racing World Championships.

The Blind and Women competitors will each have their own boats, courses, RC and umpire teams. Once on shore, all competitors and officials will be able to socialize together.

2016 Revisions to Blind Sailing Race Management Manual:

Please note that as of January 2016, there have been revisions to the Blind Sailing sections of the World Sailing’s Race Management Manual. These include changes to the format for Blind Match Racing. The updated Race Management Manual can be found here: http://www.sailing.org/tools/documents/FINALPWSRMM290116-[19981].pdf

If you would like further information on the 2016 Blind Match Racing World Championships and the changes to the Blind Match Racing format, please email BSI Chairman Vicki Sheen: chairman@blindsailinginternational.com

Blind Match Racing Training and Practice Information:

There has been several excellent Match Racing coaching events in the USA, Italy and U.K., with more planned . Please keep sending us your updates and photographs for posting on the BSI web site.

For those new or returning to match racing, if you would like more information, or would benefit from additional support for yourself, a team, or a sailing center, please contact BSI at chairman@blindsailinginternational.com

The Homerus Italian Match Racing Championship Italy planned for April 22-25, 2016 has now been re-scheduled for 2nd to 5th of June. Still time to enter. This event is in Arona on Lake Maggiore, Italy,. The regatta will likely be sailed in 2-person Meteor class sailboats, with two classification categories: B1 and B2. Time is short, so if you are interested in participating in this regatta, please let Homerus know as soon as possible.

For more details, visit the Homerus site: http://www.homerus.it Homerus email address: info@homerus.it

You can help us expand and develop Blind Sailing by sharing your sailing biography, experiences, stories, questions and suggestions with other blind sailors and supporters via BSI. Please forward any information you would like posted on the BSI web site, or included in our next BSI Newsletter.

On behalf of all of us at BSI, we wish you a exciting and successful 2016 sailing season

Vicki

Vicki Sheen, Chairman, Blind Sailing International (BSI) Email: chairman@blindsailinginternational.com Mobile +44 (0)7841 421111 Skype: vicki sheen (Brixham) Email: vicki@isit.uk.com Twitter @vickisheen