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E.A.S.T Sailing Dates 2020

East Anglian Sailing Trust E.A.S.T Sailing Dates 2020

EAST ANGLIAN SAILING TRUST Sailing / Cruising Dates for 2020.

TASTER WEEKEND  7- 9  May  2020

  • Thursday 7th May evening meet up and stay on board overnight in Levington.
  • Friday 8th sail all day.
  • Saturday 9th sail and finish back in Levington about 2pm-ish for crews and VI sailors to depart for home.

Priority will be given to first time VI sailors for this weekend

3 DAY WEEKEND CRUISE 29 May – 1 June  2020

  • Friday 29th May evening meet up and stay on board overnight in Levington
  • Saturday 30th sail all day.
  • Sunday 31st sail all day.
  • Monday 1st June finish back in Levington about 2pm ish for crews and Vi sailors to depart for home.

SEPTEMBER WEEK CRUISE 4 -12 Sept 2020

  • Friday 4th September evening meet up and stay on board overnight in Levington.
  • Set sail on Saturday 5th for a week.
  • Return to Levington Friday 11th for a communal evening supper.
  • Crews and VI sailors depart for home in the morning on Saturday 12th.

Hopefully, these dates prove to be popular with you all…..  Many, many thanks for all your previous EAST cruises and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in 2020.

Contacts: Judith Hedges & Anne Williams  Cruise Coordinators
Email: cruisingsec@e-a-s-t.org.uk
Tel: 07773 684036 (Judith)  and 07868 226604 (Anne)

 

 

Sailing Update & Dates VISA-GB

Sailing Update & Dates VISA-GB

Cane and (mainly) able – Majorca and more!

Sailing report by Tim – Website: https://visa-gb.org.uk/

Hello Shipmates and greetings, hope all well with you and these shortening days are giving you a moment or two to think back about the year past and plan for next.

What happened to October’s newsletter then? It’s a long story and the details of missed deadlines a tad dull but there have been some super, scintillating sailing stories to fill the long evenings so let me start with the madness of Majorca.

You’ll recall in the way back distant past we decided to see if the Balearicas might provide a top spot for us Visa-gb types, and we think it did.  So here’s a tail of Canes, able sailors and leaking dinghies:

From four different airports the valiant explorers jetted into sunny Palma, arriving mainly in one piece on Saturday 12th October, the sun shone, the taxi’s were waiting and we were whisked away to Pollensa Marina to the good ship Angora, our home for the next week.

Now on previous voyages one of the stand out features has always been the ability of the visually impaired crew to sort, stow and manage their kit and equipment in an orderly fashion.  It’s fair to say we broke new ground this time on the cane front!  Within minutes of arrival there was a trip to the bar, can’t quite believe that can you? Anyway imagine this, we leave the boat and the seven cane carrying crew suddenly become animated, start walking at different angles, some crabbing across the pontoon others almost bent double and this is before the welcoming beer!

The chatter starts “this isn’t my cane, who’s cane have I got?” and this marked the start of week of transferrable canes. Sailing, well that’s a piece of cake, navigating your way to the shoreside facilities with a cane for a six-footer when you’re only five foot six isn’t easy – but let’s leave that there as you’ll be able to imagine the chaos as this continued and get back to the trip.

On leaving the berth for the first time we managed to catch one of the lifebuoys on our neighbours’ rail, this dropped into the briny with a resounding splash, the wind whipping it out of reach of the flailing boat hook. Team Angora took this in their stride neatly mooring the yacht on the other side of the marina.  Volunteer oarsman and midship man were quickly volunteered and leapt into the inflatable dinghy to row over a rescue said lifebuoy – what could possibly go wrong?

A tearful farewell from the side deck as the two fearless fellows set off back across the main thoroughfare, dodging the large and gleaming motorboats, it’s fair to say that they went the scenic route, not a straight line was had in that epic 40 metre journey and some 50 minutes later they reappeared triumphant in their task, the return journey only marred by the gently deflating dinghy folding around them. Hauled aboard, dinghy repumped and we were at last off and away.

Sun, warm wind, flat sea and good humour made the sailing an absolute joy, the crew got the boat going well, worked out which bit of string did what as we practised setting the sails, tacking the boat and encouraging the skipper to make a cuppa.

The boat lacked a few of the standard essentials including a proper kettle, so the tea making became a complicated ceremony of pots and pans, mismatched mugs and an awful lot of biscuits.  We’d shopped until we dropped and loaded the boat with so many provisions we needed the best part of an hour to find the onions but only seconds to locate the beers, strange isn’t it!

Following a great days sailing, we dropped the anchor, let down the swim ladder and slipped into the warm Mediterranean sea, not bad for mid-October.  The days that followed repeated the pattern, rushing off at the crack of ten o’clock, perhaps anchor for lunch and a swim and then as the wind built in the afternoon some speed sailing towards the evenings mooring.

One day the wind blew a gale and the rain fell but there were things to do, walks to be had (don’t mention the canes again!), coffee to be drunk, stories to be told.

So will we go again, how can we do it better, should we go somewhere else?  All of this will follow once team Majorca have filled in their feedback forms, lost their suntans and let off their fireworks.  Further reports to follow, but before you go please read on.

Scotland 2020

Dates 18/04/20 to 25/04/20, cost £300 plus your transport , total of 28 berths, 20 already booked if you want you be a part of the Island Flotilla you need to contact Sue

Contact:  07767717440 or email: susiehogge@icloud.com.

Blind Week 2020

Falmouth 20/06/20 we’ve already got one boat booked for three weeks, leaving the Solent on 15/06/20 and returning 03/07/20 so there’s places for the journey down to Falmouth and the return, let us know if you’re interested as soon as possible, please contact Sue.

Contact:  07767717440 or email: susiehogge@icloud.com.

They’ll be much more to follow so keep we’ll keep you posted That’s all for now folks, all the best.

 

E.A.S.T Sailing Dates 2020

East Anglian Sailing Trust E.A.S.T Sailing Dates 2020
Venue:
EAST ANGLIAN SAILING TRUST
SUFFOLK YACHT HARBOUR
LEVINGTON IPSWICH IP10 0LN
Time:
TBC -
Phone:
0333 088 3278
Date:
07th May 2020
Cost:
Various


EAST ANGLIAN SAILING TRUST Sailing / Cruising Dates for 2020.

TASTER WEEKEND  7- 9  May  2020

  • Thursday 7th May evening meet up and stay on board overnight in Levington.
  • Friday 8th sail all day.
  • Saturday 9th sail and finish back in Levington about 2pm-ish for crews and VI sailors to depart for home.

Priority will be given to first time VI sailors for this weekend

3 DAY WEEKEND CRUISE 29 May – 1 June  2020

  • Friday 29th May evening meet up and stay on board overnight in Levington
  • Saturday 30th sail all day.
  • Sunday 31st sail all day.
  • Monday 1st June finish back in Levington about 2pm ish for crews and Vi sailors to depart for home.

SEPTEMBER WEEK CRUISE 4 -12 Sept 2020

  • Friday 4th September evening meet up and stay on board overnight in Levington.
  • Set sail on Saturday 5th for a week.
  • Return to Levington Friday 11th for a communal evening supper.
  • Crews and VI sailors depart for home in the morning on Saturday 12th.

Hopefully, these dates prove to be popular with you all…..  Many, many thanks for all your previous EAST cruises and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in 2020.

Contacts: Judith Hedges & Anne Williams  Cruise Coordinators
Email: cruisingsec@e-a-s-t.org.uk
Tel: 07773 684036 (Judith)  and 07868 226604 (Anne)

 

 

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