Welcome to Blind Sailing
Charity No. 1090712
Blind Sailing is a Registered Charity, our aim is to help blind and partially sighted people sail at all levels.
We organise regular training sessions and racing events.
We provide coaching and help to enable novices learn to sail.
We also coach the more advanced to enable them to compete at both national and international events.
We are supported by a number of excellent sailing schools & related organisations who provide their expertise, boats, venues and safety cover (See our Links page).
The Blind Sailing Categories
Within Blind Sport there is classification system that allows you to obtain a registered sight classification and allow you to attend events that are governed by this classification.
British Blind Sport control and provide these classifications on the completion of the sight form and its submission along with your membership fee to British Blind Sport.
You can find these forms and further information at www.britishblindsport.org.uk and look under Membership tab along the top row.
The first serious decisions on classification across the range of VI sport was in 1981 when the International Blind Sports Association (IBSA) was founded. The outcome was what has now become the familiar Bl, B2, B3 system.
For those unfamiliar with this system the definitions are as follows:-
Bl from no perception of light in either eye up to perception of light but inability to recognize the shape of a hand at any distance in any direction
B2 from the ability to recognize the shape of a hand up to a visual acuity of 2/60 and/or A field of 5 degrees or less.
B3 from a visual acuity above 2/60 up to 6/60 and/or a visual field of more than 5 degrees and less than 20 degrees.
These are the International Blind Sports Association classes but for various national purposes we have a B4 class which is defined as:
B4 from 6/60 to 6/24 with no field consideration.
Within the UK it has been decided by some sports that for social and historical reasons, a fourth class of B4 should be established and be determined purely by acuity. This class ranges from the top of B3 to an acuity of 6/24 Snellen. An individual with an acuity of 6/24 would be able to read the three top lines on a Snellen chart at six metres.
Anyone above 6/24 unless classifiable by virtue of field are B4+. This is just a catch all to cover anyone who is unclassifiable. Please note also that anyone with a B4 or B4+ classification will not be able to enter international competition.
See the Contact page to ask for more information.
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