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UK Blind Sailing Nationals! Entry Form Here!

UK Blind Sailing Nationals 2 Oct - 4 Oct 2015
Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club
39 Birmingham Rd, Cowes,
PO31 7BH
10.30 Fri 2 Oct - TBC Sun 4 Oct
02nd October 2015
Entry fee of £155 - £95 applies to students

Experienced and novice sailors are welcomed as the event is aimed at getting
more VI people involved in sailing and racing.  Any novice sailors will be
teamed up with more experienced sailors and sighted crew to coach them.

Blind Sailing in conjunction with the Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club invites entries to the 2015 British Blind Sailing Championship to be sailed on the waters of the Solent.

Date:  2-4 October 2015.
Time: 10.30am Fri 2 Oct –  TBC Sun 4 Oct
Venue: 39 Birmingham Rd, Cowes,  PO31 7BH

Entry Form and NOTICE OF RACE Available here

If you have any questions or concerns about this event or completing this form, please contact Blind Sailing below

Contact: Tel. 07796687914 or email blind.sailing@yahoo.co.uk


World Blind Sailing Championships 2015!

World Blind Sailing Championships 2015

Chicago, 10-13 September 2015

Report by Sharon Grennan

I have been hooked on sailing for around six years – any kind of sailing on any size of boat and with anyone who was willing and brave enough to cope with me! Living and working in London, the options for sailing in open water are fairly limited. So after learning at a local sailability club on the docks in south-east London, I started to train with a group for VI sailors, mainly in Cowes on the Isle of Wight and on Lake Windermere. Through that, I was selected as part of the GB blind sailing team for a recent World Championship event in Chicago, United States, (otherwise known as the windy city). And here is a short note about the regatta.

Fleet racing regattas for blind sailors are a team event involving both VI and sighted crew members. Typically the format is a crew of four with the two VI crew members responsible for steering the boat and controlling the main sail whilst the two sighted crew members control the smaller foresail and act as tactician (who is not allowed to touch any controls). The regattas are usually sailed in three sight categories (B1, B2 and B3) as with some other sporting events. I was selected to helm/steer the B1 boat for the GB team. The boats used are usually keelboats and, in the regatta in Chicago we sailed in Sonars (which are a current paralympic class boat).

We were all kept very busy in the lead up to the event. We were lucky enough to have some excellent coaching in advance, including a couple of weekends with a paralympic sailor coaching us. Between sailing weekends, I was trying to improve my fitness and stamina levels with three or four gym sessions and other fitness training and revising my knowledge of race rules etc. As well as the obvious training , we had a lot of venue research and logistical arrangements and, of course, some fundraising towards the expense of sending a team to the US. All in all, it was quite an intense build up to the event.

The world fleet racing championship took place from 10-13 September on Lake Michigan from Chicago Yacht Club. We arrived on the Sunday before to give ourselves a couple of days to adjust to the time zone and sort out registration, eyesight tests and participate in practice sessions.

British Sailing Team with Medals - World Blind Sailing Championships 2015

Four days of racing were planned but true to its reputation we had some fairly extreme variations in weather conditions which meant that we went out sailing on five days (including practice sessions) but only raced on two days. We went out to practice in torrential rain whilst other teams watched from the comfort of the yacht club bar. The first race day we were forced back into harbour by fairly spectacular thunder and lightning. On the second day racing went ahead in strong wind and exciting waves (but without the risk of electrocution) but racing was again called off the following day in wind speeds between 30 and 40 knots and waves over 10 foot high. The team managed the conditions on the second day (probably because they are similar to those we are used to training in back in the UK) and suggested that we were happy to race the following day. The race committee weren’t convinced. By the final day the weather had changed again to blazing sunshine, temperatures over 30 degrees, flat water and lighter wind. Despite the interesting weather variations, the race committee managed to Pac in 8 races for each fleet plus some aborted races. The racing was very close and the positions of boats in each fleet and the overall country winner weren’t clear until the last race. It was exciting and a fight right up to the last race.

There were 3 fleets and the GB team had an entry in each fleet. We came back with bronze medals in the B1 fleet (me, Vicki Sheen, Ian Shirra and Martin Moody), silver medals in the B2 fleet (Lucy Hodges, Martin Philips, Gary Butler and Dave Ross) and B3 fleet (Laura Cammage, Chris, Jonny Stevens and Jonny Cormac). Different teams came first in each fleet and so we managed to beat our main competitors, New Zealand and the United States, and retained the Squadron Cup for the top-placed country overall. Great results but an enthusiasm to train hard and develop the training squad to work towards even better results at the next fleet racing event in two years’ time.

Team members now have a few weeks to recover before the nationals to be held in Cowes the first weekend in October, which is generally a less formal competition and an opportunity to get more VI sailors involved in racing.

Sharon Grennan

“Thank you again for the support that Metro have given to me for this event”

Report by Sharon Grennan


Warwickshire Win Record breaking BBS cup final

Broadhalfpenny Down The Cradle of Cricket

25 August 2015

The 2015 BBS Primary Club Heindrich Swanepoel Memorial Cup Final was both thrilling and record breaking.

On a scorching day that reached 30 degrees during the first innings at the beautiful and historic BroadHalfPenny Down in Hampshire, Warwickshire Bears faced London Metro in the 37th final of the world’s longest running annual disability cricket competition.

After losing the toss Warwickshire were sent in to bat and made a steady start as Justin Hollingsworth and Luke Sugg started to build a foundation. After ten overs Bears were 61/0 when the first drinks break was taken.

The break must have done Warwickshire good as from that moment on they scored far more rapidly, despite losing Sugg for 45 to end a record-breaking partnership that finished at 130 – an all time BBS cup final record for any wicket. Sugg was dismissed by Gareth Jones with Matt Dean taking a good catch. Nathan Foy then shared a 52 run partnership with Hollingsworth before departing for 18, caught by keeper Rory Field off Mo Ghalib’s bowling.

The rest of the innings was totally dominated by Justin Hollingsworth as he smashed the all time cup final record individual score as Mo Ghalib sent his colleagues back to the pavilion at the other end. Firstly Ghalib had Asif Ali caught behind, then he ran out Asif’s brother Hassan before taking a catch to dismiss Eamon Preston from Amit Amin’s bowling.

Warwickshire finished with the joint highest ever cup final score of 260/5 after their 30 overs with Hollingsworth contributing a mammoth 150 not out. Considering the very high scoring rate Ghalib’s bowling figures over six overs of two for 21 were extraordinary.

During the lunch break the teams enjoyed a talk on the history of the venue from Commander Peter Tuke of the BroadHalfPenny Down Preservation Trust.

When the match recommenced Metro started slowly until Preston came on to bowl and felt the full force of England Captain Matt Dean’s attack as Preston’s three overs conceded 72 runs. Ghalib was dismissed for 37 with Sugg taking the catch off of Nathan Foy’s bowling. This sent Hassan Khan to the middle and he shared a brilliant 113 run partnership with Dean before being bowled by Sugg with the score at 194/2.

Sugg then struck again to finally remove Dean for an excellent 133 before taking a second catch this time to dismiss Mark Bond as the first of Ali’s three wickets.

When Simon Butler fell LBW to Ali for 24 the pressure was mounting and Sugg running out Andy Law added to that. As overs ran out Rory Field did his best to get his side over the winning line but a superb final over from Ali, that included having Adam Benjamin stumped by Gerald Porter, and then bowling a dot ball with the penultimate delivery of the match, left the Londoners needing an impossible target of seven runs from the final ball. Field did hit that final delivery for four but it was the Bears who were celebrating a thrilling two run victory.

Justin Hollingsworth was named partially sighted man of the match and Hassan Khan took the totally blind man of the match award.

We would like to thank the Primary Club for their continued support of this wonderful competition and of blind cricket in general. We would also like to thank Leeds Building Society, who sponsored the cricket balls for the whole competition, and the BroadHalfPenny Down Preservation Trust for allowing us to use their fantastic venue for this year’s final.

The Records

Highest Partnership: Justin Hollingsworth and Luke Sugg shared 130 for Warwickshire’s first wicket.

Highest Team Score: 260/5 Warwickshire took the record after tying the previous best but losing fewer wickets than the former record holders.

Highest Individual Score: Justin Hollingsworth 150 not out, Matt Dean also beat the previous record a couple of hours later with 133

original article from  http://www.bcew.co.uk/


Athletic Open 2015 Results and Medal Winners

Above: Track event line up from the Metro Athletics Open 2015

Visit our Athletic Open Gallery Click here.

Message from Ian Francis (Metro SDO)

I just wanted to say a personal thank-you on behalf of Metro Blind Sport Staff and Trustee’s for all your hard work at the Athletics Open on Saturday.

I have been receiving tweets and emails from athletes saying what a great time they had, one group from Berkshire shared a group photo proudly displaying their major trophy haul. I also had many, many thank you’s on the day with comments like “Fantastic event” and “thank you so much for the opportunity to race”.

To see you all guiding, chatting, shouting from the side lines and generally mucking-in wherever needed was so nice to be part of.

You all helped to make a difference, I hope that some or all of you will be able to come along next year and support us again for the big 40!!

All the Best,  Ian Francis

Below are the names of the trophy winners here:

Senior men: Rojimon Cheriman
Senior Women: Ruth Stacey
Junior men: Andrew Pettigrew
Junior women: Kali Holder

Track Results:  Download Track Results 2015 (Word)
Field Results:   Download Field Results 2015  (Word)



BCEW David Townley Memorial Twenty20 Cup

Metro Cricket Team
North London Cricket Club, Crouch End Playing Fields, Montenotte Road, London, N8 8RL
9.30am - 19.30pm
19th September 2015

Lancashire Lions, London Metro,  Sussex Sharks & Warwickshire Bears

Venue: North London Cricket Club, Crouch End Playing Fields, Montenotte Road, London, N8 8RL

North London Cricket Club

The nearest tube stop is Highgate  It is approximately 3 minutes in a taxi or 15 minutes walk from there to the ground. How to get there: See the “location” section of www.NorthLondonCC.HitsCricket.com

Any other questions about the NLCC   please get in touch.

Dave Gavrilovic  Phone: 07866 751646


  • 9.00 Ground Opens
  • 10.35 Semi Final Draw & Pitch Allocation
  • 10.45 Toss for both semi finals
  • 11.00 Semi Finals Start
  • 14.15 Lunch (food available from 13.30 if either game finishes early)
  • 14.35 Hall of Fame Presentations for 2 inductees
  • 14.50 Toss for Final & Third Place Play-off
  • 15.00 Final & Third Place Play-Off start
  • 18.30 Presentations including T20 finals day, end of season awards & other 2 hall of fame inductions

Food & Drink

Tea/Coffee available in clubhouse from 9AM onwards for whole day
Bacon, sausage cheese rolls & Danishes on sale in the clubhouse from 9Am to midday

For more details on Metro’s cricketing activities, please contact: Rory Field rory.field74@gmail.com