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Hopefully64 Fri 06-Mar-20 12:41:26

This is charity I am volunteering with any help with any of days would be great fun
And any sharing would be great
Website: www.visa-gb.org.uk
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 07854245276

The Visually Impaired Sailing Association started 10 years ago. Our slogan is empower, encourage, and enjoy. The founder, Colin Fowler, was refused sailing because he couldn’t see. The organisations he went to wouldn’t allow him to do most of the jobs necessary to sail.

Although Colin is blind, he couldn’t understand why people wouldn’t show him how to use instruments, and equipment, to enable him to sail efficiently on a boat. Colin is independent, sometimes to his own detriment, but he set out to show how people with visual disabilities can sail as well as someone with eyesight.

Hence, VISA-GB was born.

There is no charge to become a member, though we do limit it to over 18 years old for safety, and you will be able to learn about all of the cruises we are putting together for the following year. VISA-GB will charter boats for a week at a time; the crew on the vessel will consist of both visually impaired and sighted people.

The sighted people aboard are well qualified, and accompanied by a skipper who is a yacht master with a commercial endorsement, an experienced shipmate and midships person. The rest of the crew are visually impaired.

The skipper and his sighted crew are there for safety and to empower all on board; they encourage visually impaired people to take part in all aspects of sailing a boat. They will help with managing the boats; helping to navigate, preparing food and cleaning. They aim to develop a crew which will work together, bounce ideas off each other and encourage each other to sail.

Every crew member will have a chance to helm the boat, operate all equipment including winches, help put up and take down the sails. You can even sit out on the rails of the boat with your feet outside the boat, with safety in mind, taking on the full force of the wind, while the other crew are working hard in the cockpit. You will learn new skills, and can go on to gain certificates, such as competent crew. You will sleep, eat, and work with other people that have a similar visual impairment. You will meet and make friends for life and you’ll do things you never thought possible.

2020 is a busy year, and we have been very fortunate in being able to get sponsorships with the National Lottery, Tesco, the Whirlwind Trust and Strategic Solutions. We have already sorted crews for our four yachts, sailing out of Largs on the west coast of Scotland, in April, and unfortunately there are no places left for new members as it is fully booked.

We are however sailing from the following destinations and would love new people to join us. Experience is not necessary to sail with VISA-GB, just a willingness to give it a go!

The dates for our offshore adventures:

Offshore adventure 1 Depart Cowes onboard the Nona Olive 45ft yacht on 15th June to head to Falmouth by 19th June.
Offshore adventure 2 Blind Week, sailing around Falmouth from 20th June to 27th June, relaxing on the 9 person yacht.
Offshore adventure 3 Falmouth to Cowes via Poole, departing 25th June to Poole for 29th June onboard both the Nona and Wheal Go.
Two days spent in Poole taking visually impaired out on half day trips. There will be two half day tours each day.
Offshore adventure 4 Depart Poole on 2nd July to Cowes to hand boat over on 3rd July.
Offshore adventure 5 Depart Falmouth onboard the Wheal-Go on 13th June to Plymouth for two days to promote visually impaired sailing and taking people on short sails from 15th to 16th June.
Depart from Plymouth back to Falmouth on 17th June for a one/two day promotions from 18th to 19th June.
Offshore adventure 6 Blind Week from 20th June to 27th June.
Offshore adventure 7 Falmouth to Torquay, departing 27th June and to arrive at Torquay on 30th June for a two day promotion.
Depart Torquay on 2nd July, enjoying time on the 10 person vessel.

Dates for our special offshore adventures:

Offshore adventure 8 Due to having the Ellie B until 11th July, we are able to be more flexible, and have options for a cruise along the French coast or a series of shorter trips.
Offshore adventure 9 The Ellie B will be taking part in the Royal Escape starting on the 22nd May 2020 from Brighton to Fecamp, followed by gentle cruise while resting on the 9 person boat.
Offshore adventure 10 Round the Island Race, where the Ellie B will take part among the 2000 boats. Race begins on 30th May with boat returned will be returned on 2nd June.

All of the dates and times are weather critical and details may change.

All offshore adventures are available for members of the public to join as part of a crew. You can take part in an exhilarating sailing experience, or go on one of the short sails to empower, encourage, enjoy!

Although the half day cruises are free of charge, the longer cruises require payment. Please call Lofty (07854245276) to find out the prices for these longer experiences.

For more information, you can call Lofty (07854245276) or get in contact using the website via our email address ([email protected]).