Sailing for blind and partially sighted people

There are big boats and little boats, weekend cruises and longer passages in UK or foreign waters, but whatever you choose; life at sea or on the river offers an adventure to remember. The UK sailing season is typically March – October and as a blind or partially sighted crew member it is possible to get involved in all aspects of life onboard, whether it be working the sails, navigation or helming.

Many blind and partially sighted people are naturally skilled at sailing on the wind – imagine being at the helm and in control of the boat, nudging the wheel back or forth as you feel the wind shift across your face!

Metro do not own a yacht or organise voyages, but there are many UK-based projects that offer sailing opportunities to blind and partially sighted people, including accessible Day Skipper Courses for those who’ve found their sea legs and caught the sailing bug!

YACHT SAILING FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE?

East Anglian Sailing Trust has skippers and sighted crew ready to take you aboard.

We have taster sailing opportunities in May and June 2018. No previous experience is necessary.
FREE TASTER DAYS – from Wednesday May 16th – Saturday May 19th 2018
TASTER WEEKEND – Friday evening 1st June 2018 – Sunday June 3rd 2018.

A contribution of £25 per night is requested to help cover food, fuel and mooring costs.

Sailing is on a variety of yachts from 30′ to 40′ in length.
All EAST crews are volunteers. Skippers are NOT paid for the use of their boats. EAST skippers and sighted crew are VI awareness trained.  Life jackets provided.

Testimonial from a VI Crew – “The feeling of sheer exhilaration, total involvement and being alive was incredible. That combination of boat, sea and wind meant that just for a while I could forget that I was visually impaired, and my only regret was that I hadn’t done it sooner. I’m never happier than when at the helm with the wind in my hair and the boat trimmed perfectly!”

VI crew can attend as individuals or a group (limited numbers).  They need to be active and physically able to move on a boat. Sorry, 18 years + only.  We cannot accommodate guide dogs.

All this happens at Suffolk Yacht Harbour at Levington, near Ipswich. We can help with transport from Ipswich bus and rail stations.

INTERESTED, WANT MORE INFORMATION?
Contact:    Trevor Williams       Mobile:     0787 290 7719
Email:     anneandtrevor@hotmail.com
Visit our website www.e-a-s-t.org.uk.       EAST is a registered charity.

Our VI Cruising Chairman Simon Daws, who is VI, would be very happy to talk to anybody with questions or in need of reassurance   – Mobile: 07749 714361

Want to know more?

Visit VI Sailing links below,

www.tidewaysailability.org.uk
www.e-a-s-t.org.uk.
www.blindsailing.net
www.tidewaysailability.org.uk
www.sailjamescook.com
The Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST)

or contact Amanda Green at

amanda.green@metroblindsport.org for more info on getting afloat.

 

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