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California Invitational Blind Sailing Regatta

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The 2012 regatta is being held in the Alameda Estuary on the San Francisco Bay over the weekend of June 1-3, 2012. 
Races start at 10 am Sat. and Sun., June 2 and 3

Spectator Information, go to our website at http://marinsailingschool.com/calinvite/ – come join us!

The Island Yacht Club and the Marin Sailing School Program for the Blind are jointly hosting the 2012 California Invitational Blind Sailing Regatta for sailors who are blind and visually impaired this coming June in the Oakland/Alameda Estuary. Nine teams from the United States and abroad have been invited to participate.

The event will take place June 1-3, 2012 using J/24’s, the same class of boats that will be used in the next World Blind Sailing Championships to be held in Yokohama, Japan in 2013 (www.2013worldblindsailingjp.com). Spectators welcome! Click on Spectator Information on the home page for detailed information about how and where to watch the regatta. 

More about Blind Sailing and Marin Sailing School’s Program for the Blind Racing Teams:  

Blind sailing has a worldwide presence. Sailing schools and yacht clubs around the globe have been supporting sailors who are visually impaired for many years. To date, New Zealand-based Blind Sailing International (BSI) has members from 17 countries. Specially organized sailing regattas for the blind have been held since the early 1990’s.

As a BSI member, the Marin Sailing School’s Program for the Blind sent its racing team, California One, to the 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 US Blind Sailing National Championships at Newport, Rhode Island (www.clagettregatta.org). California One’s crew also competed as members of Team USA at the 2009 World Blind Sailing Championships at Lake Rotorua, New Zealand.

This year Marin Sailing School Program for the Blind is training a second team, California Two, to compete in the upcoming 2012 California Invitational Blind Sailing Regatta.  Visit www.marinsailingschool.com for more information about Marin Sailing School’s Program for the Blind.   

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