49th Lions Blind Navigators Rally need YOU!

48 years and still going strong.

For the 49th consecutive year Sea Point Lions Club have made a Blind Navigators Rally one of their Projects ? a fantastic track
record which the blind navigators really appreciate.   These

Regularity Motor Rallies give them a chance to participate to compete in a sport that they would not normally be able to compete in as well as giving them a very enjoyable day out.

This year's Rally, which is co-sponsored by REACT Audio Visual Specialists, takes place on Saturday 28th March from WPMC's Clubhouse at Killarney Motor Race Circuit with the first car leaving at 11h00 on a 120km route of which there are 2 sections on
gravel.    The first gravel section of about 8 kms is partly on a road that is actually better than some of our current tar roads
while the other part is in good condition.   The second section of just over 3 kms also in good condition is down to the sponsor's
farm for the "T" stop and back again.  

The event, including the Prize Giving, will be all over by 17h00.

As organisers of these events, while we have obtained the necessary permission from the required authorities we do have one difficulty and that is finding enough volunteers to come and drive all the navigators who wish to take part so if you are prepared to help with this please get in touch with Cheryl, who allocates all the drivers to a navigator, on 082-877-1176 or Cheryl.Kruger@absa.co.za

For more information about this sport and this event contact Roger on 083-415-3184 or mantonrs@telkomsa.net  

The costs to drivers are their time, the fuel and R20 cash to cover the Public Liability Insurance.   While something to eat
is, as always, provided by Sea Point Lions, liquid refreshment is up to the driver.

What is Regularity Rallying?  

Regularity Rallying is held on public roads with the permission of both National and Local authorities.   Competitors are set off at
2 minute intervals and have to follow a set route at varying set speeds.   The set speeds are at least 10% below the prevailing
speed limit for the road but also take into consideration the terrain and anticipated traffic conditions so as to cause as little
inconvenience to other road users as possible.  

No special equipment is required as this is supplied by the organisers.

There are two people in the competing car, the driver whose everyday road car it may be, and the navigator.   The Navigator
uses the Braille Route Schedule to give their driver instructions on what to do at geographical points and at what speed to travel.
 Sample instructions are "T road, Turn right, speed 36", "80 Restriction sign, Change Speed, speed 68".   The driver must
identify the instructions, keep on the set route and ensure that the set speeds are adhered to.   A number of Controls are
set up along the route where each competitor stops and their time of arrival is recorded on their Score Sheet.   The organisers know
the Ideal Time each competitor should be at these Controls and competitors are penalised one point for every second early or late.

The winner is the team that has the lowest total number of penalty points.

In South Africa, and we believe the world, the concept of Blind Navigator Rallying was motivated by the late Graham Pitt who, as a member of CPMCC, persuaded the Western Province Rally Championship organisers to print him a Braille Route Schedule so he could compete in the Championship against his sighted friends which he did, driven by his late wife Cedie.    This led to his friend,
Walter Cohen, persuading The Wilds Lions Club, Johannesburg, to run an event just for Blind Navigators in 1966 and a year later The Lighthouse Assoc for the blind persuaded Sea Point Lions to help run one down here.   As the records we have been able to collect so far are very scarce for the late 60's, the 70's and the 80's we would appreciate it if anyone can supply any records or information for this early period. so please get in touch with us - it will be appreciated.