12 Sep 2017
The Great Britain Sailing team will be flying to Sheboygan on the 9th September 2017 to defend their World Title. The four teams came together last weekend for the final training camp of mixed skilled activities, both on and off the water.
For the first time, the team will be joined by Steve Irish who has volunteered to coach and manage the team. Commodore Lucy has said that “This is like a dream to the team. They have never had the opportunity to get coaching for the fleet racing world championships.” Steve said, "it is a different kind of coaching but the basics are the same. I am interested and keen to work with the team and provide the information and support they need. We set the scene together on Friday and I have learnt so much in that time. I am now keen to get out to the USA".
On Saturday, the team had a day with Chris Watts which included his tactical rules session followed by going out on the water, the team then spent Sunday putting together all they had learnt and finalised their plans.
Blind Sailing creates an environment for all, creating training sessions that give all a chance to learn.
Commodore Lucy and the members of Blind Sailing have worked hard to raise funds and look for sponsors. They are pleased to thank Gill for supporting the team with clothing, as it is important that at the Worlds, the team look like a team. The kit has also been funded by The Maritime Skills Academy (MSA) and Viking Recruitment after meeting one of our new sailors Catherine Westbrook.
Here is a statement from Viking Recruitment and The Maritime Skills Academy:
"Following a recent appearance on BBC South East Today, Catherine Westbrook's appointment to the British Blind Sailing Team caught the attention of our Chairman & Founder, Dieter Jaenicke. That very evening, a swift conversation with company Directors and Managers was held and mutual associates of ours and Catherine's were contacted. Upon meeting with Catherine, she was found to be as every bit enthusiastic and interested in the Maritime Industry as we were in her sailing exploits. After some encouraging talks with the team
Sponsorship of Catherine herself will continue for the next 12 months and she will act in an ambassadorial role for Viking Recruitment and The Maritime Skills Academy, promoting all things seafaring. This will be especially prevalent in our work with local schools and youth groups in encouraging young people to look to the sea for leisure, work and careers. Viking Recruitment and The Maritime Skills Academy very much look forward to an exciting and prosperous year working with Catherine. Good Luck Team GB!"
Chairman & Founder, Dieter Jaenicke added, "It is the least we can do to support a very talented local sailor. As a local business promoting the Maritime Industry, I see it is a social responsibility.”
Optimum Time Ltd has kindly donated race watches which use vibrations and
The team cannot thank all the sponsors enough for their generosity. The GB team is grateful and they hope that they can make you proud!
Commodore Lucy Hodges, Darryl Cooper (MSA) & Catherine Westbrook.
The four GB teams together.
Please visit their website for more information www .gbrblindsailng.co.uk