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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

 

Bellboating in Shadwell 8 Aug

Bell Boating with the Aquabats 8 August 2019 Call 07812 721517

8 August – bellboating at Shadwell.

Please meet at Shadwell D.L.R at 6.15pm leaving at 6.30pm.

We advise a change of clothes for this one.

Event ends by 8.15pm.

We will sometimes go to a pub afterwards called the Prospect of Whitby which is close to the centre.

Please let Aquabats know if you are attending the boat trip by contacting Arthur Payne on 07812 721517

Date: 8 August 2019  Time:  6:15 pm to  8:15 pm
Venue: Shadwell DLR Station, Cable St, Shadwell, London, E1 2QF
Contact: Arthur Payne on  07812 721517

 

Blind Sailing beats the Blues!

Sailing - It's official - Blind Week beats the Blues

Sailing: It’s official, Blind Week beats the Blues.

The sun shone, the wind blew, the sea was flat and the smiles were beaming.  The recipe was right and  the proportions spot on as Blind Week 2019 hit Lymington town, we were there with four yachts as a part of the twenty two strong fleet of boats with over fifty blind and visually impaired sailors pulling the strings and singing the songs.

The Visa-gb fleet all pimped up wearing our sexy dodgers and flying our flags cut a dash as we manoeuvred our way from one end of the Solent to the other.  Many a positive comment from the spectators on the wall and sailors on other boats as we moored our charges with the lightest of touches.

What a surprise expressed by the boat owner we rafted alongside when introduced to the visually impaired helm and crew that secured the boat, and the delight in showing off ability.

Pontoon parties, gala dinners, early morning fitness work outs, swimming in the bay, motorbike riding (please don’t ask!), wet wheels driving and of course we filled our boots with sailing, sailing, glorious sailing.

Fish & chip suppers, egg and bacon breakfasts, veggie, vegan, cake and cuppas and, dare I let the cat out of the pc bag?, dancing on the tables!  Great organisation from Will & Grant, thanks again to the Royal Lymington Yacht Club and a special thanks to the fleet leaders who did a great job, yes you may now rest your weary eyes.

So folks it’s done and dusted for another year, but what’s next we hear you cry? Well fear not as back at Visa HQ plans are afoot.  First, we’ve a week on the South coast starting on 26th August where we plan to visit Poole and the surrounding area to promote Visually Impaired sailing to local organisations, there are a couple of berths available as I write.

Then we have two separate weeks exploring Majorca, twelve Visually Impaired sailors will be exploring the Island’s harbours and coves with an aim of a six boat flotilla in Autumn 2020, more details on this after the trip.

West Coast of Scotland Trip

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.

That’s all for now folks, enjoy the rest of your summer and I hope we’ll meet up on the water soon.      Ready about………….

 

 

Bellboating – Aquabats 8 Aug

Bell Boating with the Aquabats 8 August 2019 Call 07812 721517
Venue:
meet at Shadwell DLR Station, Cable St, Shadwell, London, E1 2QF
Time:
6.15 pm - 8.15 pm
Phone:
07812 721517
Date:
08th August 2019
Cost:
Free
Contact:


8 August – bellboating at Shadwell.

Please meet at Shadwell D.L.R at 6.15pm leaving at 6.30pm.

We advise a change of clothes for this one.

Event ends by 8.15pm.

We will sometimes go to a pub afterwards called the Prospect of Whitby which is close to the centre.

Please let Aquabats know if you are attending the boat trip by contacting Arthur Payne on 07812 721517

Date: 8 August 2019  Time:  6:15 pm to  8:15 pm
Venue: Shadwell DLR Station, Cable St, Shadwell, London, E1 2QF
Contact: Arthur Payne on  07812 721517