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Weʼre raising £1,000 to fund Mark's Blind Sailing for Great Britian in Canada!

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Mark is registered Blind and for the last five years he has been sailing and racing with the Great Britain Blind Sailing team. His main role with the crew of four Blind and Partially sailors is Helmsman.

Mark has been selected to sail for Great Britain at the 2019 Blind Fleet Racing World Championships, Kingston Yacht Club, Kingston, Ontario, Canada . Thank you for your support over the past few years which enabled Mark to achieve a Silver medal at the 2017 world Sailing Blind Fleet Racing Open World Sailing Championships.

Although qualified as a member of the GB Blind Sailing Team, Mark does not receive any funding for training in the U.K. or even when racing in National and International Blind Sailing events. Due to a very serious Road Traffic Accident in 1992, which left him with many significant injuries resulting in, among other things, less than 20% useful sight in just one eye. Mark is unable to work, hence raises much of the money by playing his Saxophone at private functions, also busking and some public speaking and in the past has enjoyed support from certain local Rotary, Lions and Yacht Clubs, plus personal donations from the very generous people of Yate and Chipping Sodbury.

Busking with his Saxophone during the last decade he has raised thousands of pounds worth of funds for various other charities. Mark is now hoping to raise funds for himself, as with encouragement from his family and friends although the fees add up fast!

The race entry fees, travel and accommodation for the 2019 World Championships in September are £2,450. In preparation Mark is sailing once a week at a local yacht club and attend eleven sail/race training camps throughout the year. The personal expenses to attend all of the training this year are £3,900.

Thank you for any donations you can spare towards helping Mark achieve his aspirations in Canada this September!

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  • Mark Austen1 month ago
    Mark Austen

    Mark Austen

    1 month ago

    White Fryers Sailing Club 7th August. Sailing Vision 17’ boats with a drop keel. They are very light and equal distribution of weight is critical. I can confirm that three men over 6’ sitting on the same side is a recipe for disaster. The day consists of two, 1hr sessions with a senior racing instructor and a volunteer crew member from the club. These extra sessions improved my boat handling skills and take sailing at optimum speed and performance to a new level. Without your generous donations this training wouldn't be possible, THANK YOU!

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    Mark Austen

    1 month ago

    Windermere, 2nd-5th August. Last team session before Canada. The four GBR Blind Sailing crews met in Windermere for three days. Over a meal and briefing we had a catch up and discussed areas which each crew might need to work on to optimise on-boat communication, maximise boat speed and mark rounding. Winds were light on Saturday morning but by the afternoon and all day Sunday they were perfect for sailing. On Saturday night we had a BBQ on the beach by the boathouse. Some of the more intrepid of us had their first attempts at Paddle Boarding.

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  • Mark Austen1 month ago
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    1 month ago

    Hi All, In preparation for the Worlds I’ve been sharpening my sailing skills by attending 3 day sail training and racing events every month. These are held in Windermere or at UKSA in Cowes, Isle of Wight. Since April I’ve been training once a week with the senior instructors at White Friars Sailing Club in Gloucestershire. Recently they tested my sailing skills by removing the Rudder and I had to steer a straight course, tack and jibe just using body movement, Main and Jib sails. Oh and I also leant to sail backwards. All useful stuff.

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  • Jamie Wiltshire

    Jamie Wiltshire

    Sep 4, 2019

    Well done Mark.

    £20.00

  • Steve Rowles

    Steve Rowles

    Aug 17, 2019

    A great achievement Mark. Many congrats.All the best!

    £30.00

  • Dennis Rowles

    Dennis Rowles

    Aug 17, 2019

    Congratulations Mark. Good luck!

    £50.00

  • Nick Parnell-Smith

    Nick Parnell-Smith

    Aug 16, 2019

    Brilliant effort Mark and I look forward to hearing that you have brought back the Gold from Canada!Good luck

    £50.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Aug 2, 2019

  • Rich

    Rich

    Jul 31, 2019

    Best wishes and hope all your winds are from the right directions...

    £30.00

  • Mary Tillson

    Mary Tillson

    Jul 29, 2019

    Have THE most amazing and successful time! You are a superstar! Send me pictures! hugs and love Officer Tillson!

    £50.00

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Mark Austen

Mark Austen

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Mark has been sailing since 14, however a serious traffic accident in 1992 left him in hospitalised from injuries for 2 years, since then Mark has joined GBR Blind Sailing and won a Silver Medal at the World Champs, please donate to help send Mark to the worlds in Canada in 2019!

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