(Boston) The Carroll Center SailBlind teams competed in the Carroll Cup Challenge on Boston Harbor on Tuesday July 7, as a prelude to the Tall Ships visit to Boston. It was our way of having blind sailors welcome the tall ships,” said Arthur O’Neill, SailBlind Program Director.
The three boat race started in Charlestown off of Pier 4, where three of the Tall Ships were scheduled to dock that day, and the race continued up harbor in rainy and overcast weather, finishing at the Boston Harbor Hotel, where the winning team was awarded the Carroll Cup Trophy. The winning blind sailors were Matt Chao, a longtime participant in SailBlind and Bruce Howell, only in his 2nd year sailing in the program. They were assisted by sighted sailors Bill Rapp and Lisa Dalton.
The Race was covered by all of the Boston media including the Boston Globe and Boston Herald along with Ch. 5 TV. Below are links that will take you to those articles:
- WCVB-Channel 5 Video
- WCVB-Channel 5 Slideshow with captions
- Boston Globe: Regatta for blind tests sailors’ feel for the sport
- Boston Herald: Blind, but they can still sea
- Waltham Daily News Tribune: Though blind, Waltham man keeps an even keel