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Those lazy days on the sea!

Sailing - Those lazy days on the sea with VISA-GB

Those lazy days on the sea.

Fastnet Race, Cowes Week, bathing suits, sandcastles, ice creams and deckchairs, so do you really think the Visa-gb bods have been sitting about?

No sir, we’ve no time for such luxuries! It’s noses to the winch, splices to the mainbrace and all go in our preparation for the late August trip to promote the abilities of our visually impaired sailors as they set off on the good ship UKSA on 26th August with promotion, exhibition, broad-reaching, close hauling and fish finger frying all on the menu.

Poole in sunny Dorset is the featured town for this trip, local members from Dorset Blind Association will be stepping aboard for tea, scones and possibly a spoon of jam whilst being shown around the yacht.

What’s this all about we hear you ask – well, my fellow readers, this is all about The Visually Impaired Sailing Association delivering a promise.  Our promise, made at the Trustee meeting in June, was to make more people aware of the benefits of offshore sailing for the blind and visually impaired and, with help from those lovely people at Tesco and Groundworks, with their bags for life scheme, we are delivering stage one of that promise.

Being on a boat, working in a team, living, laughing, cooking, cleaning, raising and lower sails, steering, trimming, motoring and mooring all create a tangible feeling of wellbeing.  What we can do rather than what we can’t makes for a positive experience, if you doubt this then come on down to Poole Quay and meet us, we’ll be there from 28th August – if you want more details then give blind sailing supremo Lofty Sims a call on 07854245276.

Hats off, and a loud hurrah, in welcoming our new treasurer Anil Kanani who has just stepped out of the shadows and into the full glare of the Visa-gb spotlight to take centre stage as our finance man.  Welcome Anil and thank you, we’ll be in fine fettle with our credit and debit, cash and flow all neatly lined up and ready to cast off.

Now for a reminder that you will need to act on sooner rather than later, it’s been mentioned before and it will be again BUT if you don’t want to miss out you really should reserve your bunk aboard Fowler’s Fantastic Flotilla or, as some call it, Our Island Odyssey, Scotland 2020.

The dates are 18th April to 25th April 2020, the location is Largs on the West coast of bonny Scotland, the cost is £300 for the week including food and a comfy bunk to lay your weary head. How you book is simple, call our marvellous membership secretary Sue Hogge on 07767717440 or email at susiehogge@icloud.com

By the way thanks for all the positive feedback from Blind Week, the Folly Inn staff have recovered from all you table dancers, the Royal Lymington Yacht Club had special delivers to restock their empty bar and even Will Bridge and Grant Morris have emerged from their darkened rooms fully recovered!  Phew, we clearly got away with it as they’ve asked us back for next year – whoopee we hear you cry!!

That’s all from Visa-gb towers, for now, folks, have another 99 while the sun still shines. We’re raising the anchor here, back in September – haul away

 

Those lazy days on the sea!

Sailing - Those lazy days on the sea with VISA-GB

Those lazy days on the sea.

Fastnet Race, Cowes Week, bathing suits, sandcastles, ice creams and deckchairs, so do you really think the Visa-gb bods have been sitting about?

No sir, we’ve no time for such luxuries! It’s noses to the winch, splices to the mainbrace and all go in our preparation for the late August trip to promote the abilities of our visually impaired sailors as they set off on the good ship UKSA on 26th August with promotion, exhibition, broad-reaching, close hauling and fish finger frying all on the menu.

Poole in sunny Dorset is the featured town for this trip, local members from Dorset Blind Association will be stepping aboard for tea, scones and possibly a spoon of jam whilst being shown around the yacht.

What’s this all about we hear you ask – well, my fellow readers, this is all about The Visually Impaired Sailing Association delivering a promise.  Our promise, made at the Trustee meeting in June, was to make more people aware of the benefits of offshore sailing for the blind and visually impaired and, with help from those lovely people at Tesco and Groundworks, with their bags for life scheme, we are delivering stage one of that promise.

Being on a boat, working in a team, living, laughing, cooking, cleaning, raising and lower sails, steering, trimming, motoring and mooring all create a tangible feeling of wellbeing.  What we can do rather than what we can’t makes for a positive experience, if you doubt this then come on down to Poole Quay and meet us, we’ll be there from 28th August – if you want more details then give blind sailing supremo Lofty Sims a call on 07854245276.

Hats off, and a loud hurrah, in welcoming our new treasurer Anil Kanani who has just stepped out of the shadows and into the full glare of the Visa-gb spotlight to take centre stage as our finance man.  Welcome Anil and thank you, we’ll be in fine fettle with our credit and debit, cash and flow all neatly lined up and ready to cast off.

Now for a reminder that you will need to act on sooner rather than later, it’s been mentioned before and it will be again BUT if you don’t want to miss out you really should reserve your bunk aboard Fowler’s Fantastic Flotilla or, as some call it, Our Island Odyssey, Scotland 2020.

The dates are 18th April to 25th April 2020, the location is Largs on the West coast of bonny Scotland, the cost is £300 for the week including food and a comfy bunk to lay your weary head. How you book is simple, call our marvellous membership secretary Sue Hogge on 07767717440 or email at susiehogge@icloud.com

By the way thanks for all the positive feedback from Blind Week, the Folly Inn staff have recovered from all you table dancers, the Royal Lymington Yacht Club had special delivers to restock their empty bar and even Will Bridge and Grant Morris have emerged from their darkened rooms fully recovered!  Phew, we clearly got away with it as they’ve asked us back for next year – whoopee we hear you cry!!

That’s all from Visa-gb towers, for now, folks, have another 99 while the sun still shines. We’re raising the anchor here, back in September – haul away

 

Sailing: West Coast of Scotland!

Sailing - West Coast of Scotland Trip with VISA-GB
Venue:
On a yacht in Scotland
Time:
TBC - TBC
Phone:
07767717440
Date:
18th April 2020
Cost:
cost is £300 this includes all food for meals onboard but you'll have to cover the cost of transport to and from Scotland.


West Coast of Scotland Trip with VISA-GB

Website: http://visa-gb.org.uk/

If you can’t wait until Blind week 2020 then sign up for our trip to the beautiful West Coast of Scotland, we’re sailing out of Largs and have five yachts booked and an option on one or two more.  We will have over 30 Visually Impaired sailors onboard, it doesn’t matter if you’re an old hand or a newbie you’ll get a warm welcome and an opportunity to feel empowered, energised and engaged aboard our yachts.

The dates are 18th April to 25th April 2020, the cost is £300 this includes all food for meals onboard but you’ll have to cover the cost of transport to and from Scotland.

To book please email membership supremo Sue Hogge at susiehogge@icloud.com or call her on 07767717440.

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Blind Sailing Week: 7 – 13 July

Blind Sailing Week: 7 - 13 July

Blind Sailing Week: 7 – 13 July 2019

(Hosted by The Royal Lymington Yacht Club, organised through Sporting Activities for the Disabled Charitable Trust)

Planning for this year’s South Coast ‘Blind Week’ is now underway and there are some important changes to announce. We are delighted to say that Mike Browne has again kindly agreed to facilitate this event through his charity, without his support we simply would not be able to offer you a week of sailing.

The changes.

First, there is a change of club to host this year’s event. Last year the Royal Southampton YC had to close its clubhouse in Ocean Village so new arrangements have been put in place with the Royal Lymington Yacht Club to host Blind Week 2019. Further details on getting to and from Lymington and other arrangements will be sent out in April with joining instructions should we be able to offer you a place.

The week starts on Sunday 7 July finishing on the following Saturday, 13 July 2019

Second, we have had to make a slight adjustment to the dates that were announced in Falmouth last year to fit in with the club’s diary. This year we will start the week a day later, on Sunday 7 July finishing on the following Saturday, 13th. The regular format for the week will remain unchanged in all other respects, it is just that the event will be a day shorter than normal. Following our usual routine, we will start the week with dinner at the club on Sunday evening returning for the end of week dinner on Friday 12 July.

Finally, while Will is away with family commitments, certainly for the early part of the New Year, Grant is going to return to take on the lead of managing the event. Both Will & Grant will work together on Will’s return to the UK leading up to the event itself.

If you are visually impaired and would like to apply for a place for the week please contact Grant (details below) by the end of March at the latest.  If you have already sent an e-mail expressing an interest could you please reply to Grant otherwise there is a danger that you will accidentally miss out.

And don’t forget that sailing experience is not necessary as beginners are most welcome. So, if you know of any visually impaired adult who may not be aware about Blind Week, but would like to come along, or any friend who doesn’t appear to have received this letter, please ask them to contact Grant (they must be over 18).

I am thinking of sending a Fleet to cruise further afield this year as we did some years ago, most likely to France and the Channel Islands. Perhaps you would let me know if joining such a Fleet would be of interest?  I cannot promise if this will go ahead as it all depends on boat availability and numbers interested, not to mention the weather of course!  At this stage, it is impossible to confirm places until we know the availability of boats, so do bear with us until April when we will know more.

It is important, especially if this is your first ‘Blind Week’, that you understand that the yachts we use are not specially equipped to cater for any specific disabilities. Hence you will need a moderate level of agility to allow you to take a full and active part on board during the week. In applying for a place on the week we assume that you meet both the age and agility criteria.

We have managed our best to contain the ever-increasing costs of Blind Week and the fee this year will remain at £250.

This letter was generated from our database of people who have shown an interest in Blind Week but, under new data protection legislation, please advise if you wish your name to be removed from the list.

If you would like to take part in Blind Week 2019 please contact Grant: By email:   foxys.morris@gmail.com  or by telephone:  01225  336205 (Home) 07740  930528 (Mobile)

More information will be out in April and, in the meantime, we look forward to hearing from you.

 

Blind Sailing Week 7 – 13 July

Blind Sailing Week: 7 - 13 July
Venue:
Royal Lymington Yacht Club, 19 Bath Rd, Lymington SO41 3SE
Time:
TBC -
Phone:
01225  336205
Date:
07th July 2019
Cost:
fee this year will remain at £250.


Blind Sailing Week: 7 – 13 July 2019

(Hosted by The Royal Lymington Yacht Club, organised through Sporting Activities for the Disabled Charitable Trust)

Planning for this year’s South Coast ‘Blind Week’ is now underway and there are some important changes to announce. We are delighted to say that Mike Browne has again kindly agreed to facilitate this event through his charity, without his support we simply would not be able to offer you a week of sailing.

The changes.

First, there is a change of club to host this year’s event. Last year the Royal Southampton YC had to close its clubhouse in Ocean Village so new arrangements have been put in place with the Royal Lymington Yacht Club to host Blind Week 2019. Further details on getting to and from Lymington and other arrangements will be sent out in April with joining instructions should we be able to offer you a place.

The week starts on Sunday 7 July finishing on the following Saturday, 13 July 2019

Second, we have had to make a slight adjustment to the dates that were announced in Falmouth last year to fit in with the club’s diary. This year we will start the week a day later, on Sunday 7 July finishing on the following Saturday, 13th. The regular format for the week will remain unchanged in all other respects, it is just that the event will be a day shorter than normal. Following our usual routine, we will start the week with dinner at the club on Sunday evening returning for the end of week dinner on Friday 12 July.

Finally, while Will is away with family commitments, certainly for the early part of the New Year, Grant is going to return to take on the lead of managing the event. Both Will & Grant will work together on Will’s return to the UK leading up to the event itself.

If you are visually impaired and would like to apply for a place for the week please contact Grant (details below) by the end of March at the latest.  If you have already sent an e-mail expressing an interest could you please reply to Grant otherwise there is a danger that you will accidentally miss out.

And don’t forget that sailing experience is not necessary as beginners are most welcome. So, if you know of any visually impaired adult who may not be aware about Blind Week, but would like to come along, or any friend who doesn’t appear to have received this letter, please ask them to contact Grant (they must be over 18).

I am thinking of sending a Fleet to cruise further afield this year as we did some years ago, most likely to France and the Channel Islands. Perhaps you would let me know if joining such a Fleet would be of interest?  I cannot promise if this will go ahead as it all depends on boat availability and numbers interested, not to mention the weather of course!  At this stage, it is impossible to confirm places until we know the availability of boats, so do bear with us until April when we will know more.

It is important, especially if this is your first ‘Blind Week’, that you understand that the yachts we use are not specially equipped to cater for any specific disabilities. Hence you will need a moderate level of agility to allow you to take a full and active part on board during the week. In applying for a place on the week we assume that you meet both the age and agility criteria.

We have managed our best to contain the ever-increasing costs of Blind Week and the fee this year will remain at £250.

This letter was generated from our database of people who have shown an interest in Blind Week but, under new data protection legislation, please advise if you wish your name to be removed from the list.

If you would like to take part in Blind Week 2019 please contact Grant: By email:   foxys.morris@gmail.com  or by telephone:  01225  336205 (Home) 07740  930528 (Mobile)

More information will be out in April and, in the meantime, we look forward to hearing from you.