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Can Do Inclusive Sailing in Southwark!

Photo of small sailing Boats from Tideaway Sailability on the Thames river with thier and Leonard Cheshire logoin the top left - Can Do Inclusive Sailing in Southwark

Can Do Inclusive Sailing in Southwark

Can Do Sailing is an inclusive sailing project being run by Leonard Cheshire Disability in partnership with Tideway Sailability club in Southwark.

Tideway has many years of experience in providing support to children and adults with disabilities so they can enjoy an out-of-doors activity in a safe and inclusive environment.

For this project, we take individual or group applications and we are hoping to have at least 7 people to start the project.

Each participant will have an opportunity to do team building activities, develop leadership skills and earn a sailing certificate. There is no fee attached to take part.

We’re looking for young people who:

  • Have a disability or long-term health condition
  • Are aged 18-35 of any background or experience.
  • Live in London
  • Are willing to commit to the entire duration of the project
  • Have never taken part in a Can Do project before

Dates: One session a week over 8 weeks, from the first week of August to the end of September. The day has to be confirmed.

Time: TBC – 2 hours per session

Location: Tideway Sailability (Greenland docks Rope St, London SE16 7SX)

Please express  your  interest by getting in touch with Deborah below

Contact: Deborah.Sciortino@leonardcheshire.org  or Call +44 (0)7541 954 210

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide 1:1 support during the sessions or for travel, but family members, carers and support workers are welcome!

 

 

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Sailing: Five spaces for a day sail in Falmouth!

Sailing Update from VISA-GB!

Free day sail in Falmouth with visaGB

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Great opportunity if you have access to fabulous Falmouth in August,  we have space for five lucky people to join us for a day sail on Friday 27th August.

The cream on the cake is that thanks to the lovely lottery it is free of charge, yes folks you can have a day’s sailing for nothing more than your transport to and from Falmouth.   Sounds good, want a spot?

All you’ve got to do is email Sue on membership@visa-gb.org.uk. to bag your space.

Sue will send you all the details you’ll need.

 

 

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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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Blind Sailing Week 2021 is Cancelled!

Blind Sailing Week 2021 is Cancelled! New date: 2- 9 July 2022

We are sorry to say that we have taken the sad decision to cancel Blind Sailing Week 2021 which was scheduled for 12 to 19 of June.  As you may have already realised, in view of the Prime Minister’s recently published pandemic ‘roadmap’, the event could not proceed lawfully in this timeslot.

We are deeply disappointed that Blind Week, like so many other events, will not be able to run for a second year due to the impact of Covid.  The pandemic has not only created many obstacles and uncertainties over the last 12 months, but as many charities, organisations and businesses are now finding, it has created backlogs that will lead to delays in resuming normal activities, even once the majority of measures are lifted.

We have been investigating the possibility of delaying Blind Week until a later date in the summer.  Sadly, the reorganisation of our sailing event, involving a week of overnight accommodation on small yachts, and also requiring large gatherings of people for safety briefings, arrivals/departures, socialising and the like, is a hugely challenging scenario during a period when the UK is recovering from, but by no means clear of Covid.  Consequently, it has not been possible for yacht clubs, venues, marinas, charter companies, etc to accommodate Blind Week ‘as we know it’ later in the year.

Mindful of the fact that a Solent-based Blind Week will be an easier re-start after a two-year stoppage, we have already been in discussions with Royal Lymington Yacht Club regarding dates for next year.  We are pleased to confirm that we have reservations in place and the next Blind Week will be from Saturday 2 to Saturday 9 July 2022 in Lymington.

Meanwhile, the consensus amongst numerous sailing charities seems to be that day-sailing activities and informal small gatherings may be possible later in the summer of 2021.  We know of several organisations, including the Gwennili Trust, GBR Blind Sailing UK, VISA GB, East Anglian Sailing Trust and Coutts Bank Sailing Club who are currently assessing the viability of this alternative for VI sailors.  If viable, it is understood that their offerings are likely to be day-sails, mostly Solent-based, or possibly small-scale overnight cruises.

For those VIs interested in pursuing any of these potential opportunities we have listed the contact details for each organisation below.

Gwennili Trust – www.gwennili.org.uk

GBR Blind Sailing UK – blind.sailing@yahoo.co.uk

VISA GB – www.visa-gb.org.uk

East Anglian Sailing Trust – www.east-anglian-sailing-trust.org.uk

Please bear in mind that travel costs would need to be found, and due to the nature of day-sailing, early starts and later finishes may be necessary.  Blind Sailing Week will offer these organisations, or participating individual skippers, use of our 3-D navigation charts, and full user guides for the VIS Compass smartphone-based audio compass system.

We look forward to better times when we can all get back on the water and enjoy one another’s company in the form of Blind Week.  In the meantime, thank you again and we very much hope you and your family will stay healthy and active for the remainder of 2021.

With our best wishes

Will Bridge  &  Rosie Shorman

Sporting Activities for the Disabled Charitable Trust:  Charity no. 1044893

31 Pacific Close

Southampton SO14 3TX

mail@blindweeksailing.co.uk

 

 

Free online sailing course with GBR Blind Sailing!

Free online sailing course with GBR Blind Sailing

Try a free online sailing course with GBR Blind Sailing!

Want to find out about a new sport, meet new and make new Friends in lockdown and work toward your Start Sailing Certificate?

The online sailing course is running over four weeks on sailing theory, for anyone that has never tried sailing or has had a go and would like to know more. The course is designed for any level of visual impairment and they will have a team at hand to support all.

Topics that will be covered…

  • Introduction to Sailing,
  • The different types of sailing available and hear first hand some inspirational story’s from Blind Sailors.
  • Parts of the boat
  • The different types of sailing available and hear first hand some inspirational story’s from Blind Sailors.

And so much more, if you have had questions about sailing this course will answer them.

Time & Location

11 Mar, 19:00 – 01 Apr, 20:00
Blind Sailing Zoom Classroom

Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/OnlineSailing

(choose the number of needed free tickets needed and a new option will then appears to add your contact details)

This will be a fun few weeks with laughs along the way and you never know this may start you on the path to becoming GBR’s next World Champion.

Website: https://www.gbrblindsailing.co.uk

 

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