Sailing for blind people became increasing popular in the 1980’s, which further developed into the formation of the International Handicap Sailing Committee in 1988. Currently the rules stated by International Sailing Federation (ISAF) indicate that two blind sailors must be accompanied with two sighted people who act as guides, verbally communicating instructions but restricted to touch any physical controls.
The project aims to successfully give a visually impaired athlete navigational information so that they can sail alone on the 2.4 mR one person keelboat. The success of the project will result in the athletes being able to use a smaller, lighter and hence faster boat when sailing without the aid of sighted guides.
The final design is composed of two main components; a harness with attached vibration units and an app to control these vibration units.