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How sailing helped me cope with blindness – Echo

A blind sailor who won a world sailing competition has proved nothing is impossible.

Lucy Hodges, 41, from Rochford, competed in the 2017 Blind Sailing World Championship last month in Sheboygan, USA.

She and her team won a flawless victory in the B2 division, which is a division for competitors who have limited vision.

Lucy, commodore of Blind Sailing, which is a charity that provides sailing training for the blind and partially sighted, headed the training for the British team.

She said: “I was really excited when we won. We’ve been training for a year and I am extremely proud of the whole team. We didn’t lose a race.

“I want to thank the coaches and trainers too, who put so much time and effort in getting the training programme organised for the team.”

Lucy was born with nystagmus, which is involuntary movement of the eyes that leaves patients with reduced or limited vision. Despite this, Lucy still actively participated in sports – especially aqua sports.

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