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Thank you to all who responded to my earlier e-mail on what the general feeling is about the title 'Blind Week' Although it has been raised as a potential issue I don't want this to run on for too long as, like many things, it will prove to be impossible to please everyone. But I have been as democratic as possible and here are the comments taken verbatim from your replies.
For: • Yes indeed, the name is rather dated, in my opinion, and does not do the event justice. The current name "Blind Week" does not describe what the event is, whilst managing to place focus entirely on what many would see as the potentially negative connotations around blindness. I know of two people who have said that they would love to go on the event but do not feel able to do so because of the name and the impression which it conveys. In principle, I would therefore support a change in the name of the event to something a little more open.
Against: • .....quite honestly I don't care what it is called as long as it's there • .....it has always been Blind Week and that is what it should remain. Even if you change the name most of us will continue calling it Blind Week. I think a lot of this political correctness is a pile of rubbish so I think it should stay as Blind Week. It was essentially formed to take blind people sailing. Which is what it does. • I am happy for it to remain as Blind Week. I think people can be too sensitive about the word 'Blind'. • I suggest we leave it as it is, why are some VIs so sensitive about the word "Blind"? And we are bound to end up with a politically correct title that would not fit on the front of a tee shirt, anyway! • I have got used to it and don't care one way or the other now. The more you move away from the original name, which is well known on the south west coast, the more difficult it will become to get free morings, fundraising and donations (in my opinion). You will also need to keep telling people "we were Blind Week but etc etc. • It's always been known as Blind Week, its not a derogatory term so whats the problem? • The title of Blind Week doesn't bother me at all, but then I am blind. • Personally, I am not bothered!
Other: • Whilst ‘Blind Week’ may not be politically correct, it does nevertheless indicate who the sailing is for! • I don't really mind what it is called although "Blind Week" doesn't really say what it is. Perhaps "Blind Week Sailing" or something involving the word sailing if it is going to be changed? • I have no issue with 'Blind Week' but do understand that others do. If those who feel strongly enough about changing it can come up with an appropriate alternative, I suppose we have to move with the times!
I think the conclusion from this exercise is that if it is not broken, don't fix it! Most seem to feel comfortable with keeping with what we know, ie Blind Week and hence I intend to leave it as it is and focus on making the week better year on year!
Thanks again for your contributions
Dear All Many thanks to those who have provided me with feedback as listening and taking on board comments will allow me to make any changes to improve next year and beyond. One issue that has come up is the title of the week itself, namely 'Blind Week'. Some could not care less while others feel that the title should change and move with the times. I can understand both points of view and I therefore would appreciate comments on this one subject and, if change is on the cards, what you would suggest if we choose to re-badge the event. Regards Grant
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