Sailing Update from VISA-GB!

Sailing Update from VISA-GB!

Good morning shipmates, hope all is well as we march into April!

Here’s a message from young Sue, our overworked membership sec, who’s been manipulating spreadsheets and doing her very best to squeeze every last bunk to make sure we get as many of our enthusiastic crew onboard.

Royal Escape Race, Round the Island and the Scottish Flotilla are now fully booked.

Sea Vision, 7th to 28th August passages between ports are fully subscribed BUT there are a few spaces for the day sailing, dates as follows:
Poole on 12th Fully booked. Poole on 13th Fully Booked Torquay on 19th, 4 spaces available. Torquay 20th Fully Booked Plymouth 24th, 4 spaces available Falmouth 27th, 4 spaces available

If you can get to these locations we are offering a free taster sail starting at 10 a.m., back by 4 p.m., We will meet you at the marina gates, escort you to the 46′ yacht where you will be welcomed with a cup of tea and a biscuit, we will then give you time to familiarise yourself with the layout of the boat before having a safety briefing and leaving for a short sail. You don’t need any experience to take part, there will be other visually impaired sailors onboard to help you along with an experienced sighted crew. A light lunch will be provided and we’ll get you back by 4 p.m.

All these day sails are free of charge thanks to the support we’ve had from the National Lottery, you’ll need to pay your travel costs to and from the location. If you’re interested in taking part Sue’s number is 07767717440 or membership@visa-gb.org.uk

The September trip from Cowes to Brighton, starting on 5th September in Cowes and finishing in Brighton on 9th has a couple of spaces.

the return trip starting in Brighton on 10th September returning to Cowes on 14th has also got a few spaces left. Cost for this trip is £40 per day, this includes all your food onboard but you’ll need to pay for travel and any meals ashore. Sue’s number is 07767717440 or membership@visa-gb.org.uk

We are planning a warm weather cruise in October, if restrictions allow, somewhere in the Mediterranean, details to be announced. If you are interested in the idea please contact Sue, as she says, “even if it can’t happen this year let’s get planning for 2022”. Expected cost is around £500, plus airfare, so if you are interested get in touch. Sue’s number is 07767717440 or membership@visa-gb.org.uk

And finally some great news as we are excited to confirm that we now have, not one, but two women skippers for our trips. This is a significant step forward for us as we are very keen to make sure our sighted volunteers represent the demographic mix of our membership. If you’re a keen sailor and would like to help us run these trips we’d love to hear from you. Sue’s number is 07767717440 or membership@visa-gb.org.uk

That’s all for now folks, stay safe, keep calm and practice your knots.

 

 

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