Josh Cook, Former Northerner Is Hoping To Sail For Victory

‘I am so excited that I am representing my country in this way,’ says Josh Cook. Cook is a young man and has his roots in Yellowknife. This week he is competing in a unique sailing competition that is taking place in Scotland.

Josh Cook is now 19 years old and he is representing Canada, along with Brian Arthur and David Brown at the Blind Match Racing World Championships (BMRWC) in Rhu, Helensburgh.

Here, all three will race opposite sailors of Great Britain, Australia and United States who are either blind or partially sighted. They will race on Sonar keelboats around a defined course. The race will start from 1st of Sept. And will conclude in 7th of September.

The features of race are portmaritimefestival.com

  • Setting sails with Great Slave Lake gardeners Toronto.
  • All the female teams will proud to ‘Sail Like a Girl’ in a difficult Race in Alaska.

When Cook was asked about the race, he said “I am very nervous but I am excited also that I am able to represent my country this way. There is nothing like this. I couldn’t have more than this.”

Cook has Stargardt disease this is an inherited retina disorder. The diseases cause slow and gradual loss of central vision. This is something that Cook is grown to adapt to.

He said “In the past three years I have lost most of my central vision. Now, it is like if I look directly at people I won’t be able to see them. In a layman language you can understand this in a way that is just like a white blur in front of me directly,” he said.

The sailors who are visually impaired have to rely on the sound of wind and buoys, sound and communication with their teammates.

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