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Support Toby in Japan

World Blind Fleet Racing Championships

Blind Sailing

Toby is part of the Great British Blind Sailing Team which will be sending a squad of 13 sailors to Japan, six blind sailors, 6 sighted sailors and a Team Captain for the World Championships.

The championships are sailed in three categories and each team is made up of two blind sailors and two sighted sailors.  One of the Blind Sailors helms the boat with the other main sheet trimming with one sighted tactician and one sighted crew.  The sighted tactician is not allowed to touch anything on the boat and is there purely to do the tactics with the two blind sailors sailing the boat with the other sighted sailor trimming the jib. 

There are three categories for the championships which go on the sight of the blind sailor who is the helm of the boat.  With B1, B2 and B3 categories depending on the level of eyesight ranging from almost totally blind to some little useful vision and Toby is classed as a B2 category sailor.

If you would like to find out more about Blind Sailing do visit for news, events and background to both blind fleet and match racing.  Blind Sailing is a registered charity No. 1090712.

Toby and Sail Ionian

Blind Sailing World

When Toby and Sara were walking round the London Boat Show January 2008 and trying to find a charter company which would take Toby and Sara’s sailing experience seriously and let them charter a yacht as part of their honeymoon, Sail Ionian was the only charter company who looked at Toby’s sailing capabilities first and his lack of eye sight second!  Di and Chris were so welcoming and friendly and immediately said ‘not a problem at all!’  Toby and Sara did stress that it would be a good idea to have another pair of eyes on board just in case Sara went overboard and Toby managed to run her down during the man overboard manoeuvre (or should that be wife overboard!).  Di said yes, I am sure we could find the right type of sighted help for you and the very understanding Steve Gutteridge joined them for their wee voyage around the Greek Islands and the Ionian Sea on Cormorant, September 2008. 

Toby and Sara enjoyed themselves so much that they immediately booked for another week in 2010 and they were lucky enough to have Steve on board again.

Over the years Di, Neil, Katie and Chris have got to know Toby very well and have followed his many racing achievements. When asked by Toby and Sara for some help in getting Toby to Japan for the next World Blind Fleet racing Championships we were more than happy to help. We wanted to share Toby’s story with you, our clients, in the hope that you would also like to contribute to his success in Japan. Detailed at the bottom of this page is what is required to get Toby to Japan but we are hoping to get enough money to also send his wife Sara. All excess funds will be donated to the Blind Sailing Charity.

Toby Davey

Toby works for a charity full time providing access to the arts via audio description for blind and partially sighted people and works in the centre of London.  He manages to be fully independent with the help of his guide dog Kerrie, she has even been out on the water with him!  Toby has some sight but its mainly peripheral vision and what he can see is very blurry.  When he is not working or sailing he is listening and watching DVDs about sailing tactics and boat handling although he does have down time with his family and especially likes to visit his brothers or sister in law in the country and have a nice meal and play with his nieces and nephews.

Toby’s Sailing Achievements

Blind Sailing Japan

Toby’s success at international and world blind fleet and match racing championships has been worthy of a number of podium places. 
1997 – Silver Medal in the B2 sight category at the World Blind Fleet Racing Championships in Weymouth helping to secure the Squadron Cup for overall winning country.

1999 - Silver Medal in the B3 sight category at the World Blind Fleet Racing Championships in Miami

2002 – Gold Medal in the B3 sight category at the World Blind Fleet Racing Championships in Lake Garda in Italy helping to bring home the Squadron Cup once more for overall winning country

2006 – Silver Medal in the B3 sight category at the World Blind Fleet Racing Championships in Rhode Island

2010 – Gold Medal in the B2 sight category in the International Blind Match Racing Championships with fellow blind sailor Lucy Hodges in Lake Garda
2011 – Was part of two teams in the International Blind Match Racing Championships in Perth, Australia. Although he didn’t get an individual medal this time the other Great British Team won their category.

UPDATE - 20 May 2013!

Hi Di, Neil and all at Sail Ionian

Just a quick email to say that I will be off to Japan tomorrow for the 2013 IFDS International World Blind Sailing Championships and more about the event, teams with reports and results to be added once the championships start can be found at and maybe a few posts on Facebook as well.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all at Sail Ionian and the kind  support from clients who kindly donated to help me get to Japan.

All the training that we have done over the winter and into the spring has really paid off and last weekend we were in Weymouth for 3 days training on J24s which are the boats we will be racing on in Japan.

Many thanks again for all your support and hopefully at the Southampton Boat Show I will be able to pop round and show off a bit of silver or maybe some gold!





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