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A good training tip is to practice sailing with your eyes shut – which means you have to us other senses to sail by. This is useful ability for racing (sailing whilst looking around the race course), cruising (looking at the chart or the scenery) and useful training for night sailing.

There is a (probably apochraphal) story of an instructor on a cruising course for blind sailors who advised that the crew take down the spinnaker because night was falling and they wouldn’t be able to handle the sail in the dark!