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BAADS Blind Sailing Is Making Big Wakes

BAADS blind sailing is making big wakes! Learn more about the world of blind sailing.


CNN Mini Documentary on Walt (skipper of Team USA 1), Scott and Kris about Blind Match Racing in the “Great Big Picture Program”, November 27 2016.

Blind at the bow: These sailors navigate with sound



Blind Match Racing Explained by an Expert



Our American Stories Radio program on Walt Raineri and the 2016 Blind Match Racing World Championships, October  4, 2016.  Direct link to MP3 file (about 42 minutes without commercials)



BAADS board election results

Thanks to our 58 voting members and 12 candidates for taking part in the election!  Brian Pease, Chris Naughton, Daniel Margulies, Dylan Young, Ed Bridges, Kathi Pugh, and Walter Raineri will join our 2017 board.

Join us for our annual Thanksgiving Potluck!

BAADS members, family and friends are invited to join us for our Annual Thanksgiving Potluck on November 24th at South Beach Yacht Club. Sign up to bring a delicious side dish, dessert, or salad.   We plan to start with appetizers at 11:30 AM.  We are also looking for help setting up and cleaning up.  Check what others are bringing here and sign up here!


The 2016 Blind Match Racing World Championships wrapped up last weekend on September 25 and capped off a week of action packed racing.  Walt Raineri, Skipper of Team USA 1 representing BAADS, along with main trimmer Scott  Ford and jib trimmer Kris Scheppe, lead his team to a Bronze Medal in the Championships.  This is the first time a USA team ever won a podium spot in the Blind match Racing World Championships.

On a related note, it turns out that the TV network CNN thought that the concept of blind match racing generally, and the Team USA 1 story specifically, would make a good documentary so they had a production crew out for the pre-race practices and the documentary under the CNN “big Picture” segment category will be airing in mid-October on CNN.  On the same topic, the subject matter also caught the eye of the producers of the National Public Radio program entitled “Our American Stories” and Walt Raineri will be featured in an upcoming version of that radio program as well highlighting the sport of blind sailing. Stay tuned for additional information about these national media programs in upcoming newsletters.  Go Team BAADS.

Maintain the Urgency: Reinstating Paralympic Sailing in Tokyo 2020

Our friends at US Sailing urge us to keep the pressure on the International Paralympic Committee to reinstate Paralympic Sailing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Please read more at US Sailing and send in your letter of support!

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