Roy Jewell & Paul Borg Win Blind Match Racing Regatta

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DYC member Roy Jewell sailed with Paul Borg to win the Australian Blind Match Racing Regatta
DYC member Roy Jewell sailed with Paul Borg to win the Australian Blind Match Racing Regatta
DYC member Roy Jewell sailed with Paul Borg to win the Australian Blind Match Racing Regatta
DYC member Roy Jewell sailed with Paul Borg to win the Australian Blind Match Racing Regatta
David Staley, Saturday, 14 April 2007

Victorians Win Blind Match Racing Regatta

 

The first Australian Match Racing Regatta for Blind & Vision Impaired Sailors has concluded at the Adelaide Sailing Club, reinforcing Paul Borg's reputation at the top of his field.  Borg sailed with fellow Victorian, Roy Jewell from Docklands Yacht Club, to win each of his matches.

 

The Regatta was sailed in J-24 keelboats by a two person crew with a sighted observer on board.  Three acoustic buoys, each with a unique signal, defined the course.  Each boat had its own sound signal that changed when on port or starboard tack.

 

Two Italian match racers, Antonio Bersani and Mario Santoni, accompanied by their coach Claudio Valle, were sponsored by Homerus International to travel to Australia for the event.  As the regatta was regarded as a development event, the experienced Italians teamed with Australian crews for the competition.

 

Twenty year old Kylie Forth from Western Australia made her match racing debut as a skipper at the Adelaide event.  Forth was sheet-hand for Borg in Porto Maurizio, Italy, last year when he successfully defended his Homerus International Match Racing title.  Whilst Forth was beaten in each of her matches, she shows great potential to take the helm for Australia at some time in the future.

 

It was enthusiastically decided that the regatta should become an annual event and more blind & vision impaired sailors be encouraged to participate.

 

Final Results:

1st - Paul Borg (VIC) & Roy Jewell (VIC)

2nd - Antonio Bersani (ITA) & Don Scott (NSW)

3rd - Mario Santoni (ITA) & Bill Salmon (NSW)

4th - Kylie Forth (WA) & Peter Aspinall (SA)

 

The event was hosted by Adelaide Sailing Club, supported by the Australian Blind Sports Federation and conducted with the assistance of Sailability NSW. 

 

For more information about blind & vision impaired sailing, visit www.blindsailingaustralia.org

 




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