Team GBR led by Sharon Grennan dominated the 2024 edition of the Blind Match Racing World Championships. UNSPLASH

Team GBR swept all seven races last week to claim the coveted trophy at the Blind Match Racing World Championship 2024 in Sciez, France. Helmed by Sharon Grennan, the team featuring Lucy Hodges and Judith Spencer and was coached by Ian Shirra dominated the races from day one. 

A second team entered by Blind Sailing UK —helmed by Sally Rodrigues, with Matin Phillips and Karl Haines, under the guidance of coach Jonny Cormack— finished in second place, with an impressive record of six wins and just one loss. French teams came in third and fourth: the team skippered by Nicolas Rondouin finished third with a 5-2 record and the team led by Michael Aubert fourth after four wins and three losses from their seven races.

"This was a fantastic return to action for the Blind Match Racing World Championships and an epic performance from Sharon Grennan’s team. The quality of sailing on show throughout the week shows the strength of the entire Match Racing fleet, the popularity of Match Racing as a discipline and highlights the potential for the Blind Match Racing World Championship to grow as an inclusive and global event. Thank you and congratulations to all those taking part and we look forward to seeing excellent sailing in the coming months," Hannah Stodel, World Sailing’s Para Sailing Manager, said to

This was the first edition of the Blind Match Racing World Championships since the COVID pandemic and marked the return of the discipline on an international level, and was hosted by the Base Nautique de Sciez from 22-28 June. Blind Match Racing is one-on-one racing between identical Sonar keelboats. Blind and partially sighted sailors wearing an approved blindfold device race around a marked course using the sound of the buoys and the wind to make tactical racing decisions.