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Sailing: Pip’s challenge and future sunshine trips – Visa-GB!

Sailing Pip's challenge and future sunshine trips - Visa-GB

** Winter draws on shipmates – unpack the long johns and fire up the kettle, we’ve tales to tell and questions to ask.

First and foremost is the latest update on our Visually Impaired Sailing Association patron, and sailing superstar, Pip Hare who’s about to set off from the comfort of Poole and head to France for the start of the Vendee Globe Race.  Set your watches, mark your calendar as this world-girdling challenge kicks off at 1202 GMT on Sunday 8th November.  24,000 miles around the globe, no stops, no help just our Pip and fellow competitors battling the elements for the race of a lifetime.

As Pip says:

“More men have walked on the moon than women have completed the Vendée Globe, which is all the inspiration I need to succeed”

Our message to you Pip is “we wish you every success in this amazing venture, just getting to the start line has been an inspiration to us all.  You have shown us what can be achieved with determination, a desire to be the best, and a single-minded approach. Like many of us you’ve had to push past barriers unseen by most to get where you are.  We salute you Pip, enjoy the race, we know there will be challenging times but your strength and determination will see you through.  We are proud to have you as our Patron and our support and best wishes are with you every step of the way”

We can all follow Pip’s progress via the Pip Hare Racing Facebook page, here’s a link: https://www.facebook.com/PipHareOceanRacing

As the rain streaks down the cabin hatches, our minds turn towards warm water sailing, how we’d all like to dip our toes into that I hear you say!  Well now’s your chance as Big Al is on the case and starting to plan a trip for the end of September 2021 on the stunning coast of Croatia – yes folks we are planning to charter as many boats as needed to deliver a deliciously delightful trip next Autumn.

All you need to do is contact super Sue, our membership guru on 07767717440,  to let us know if you’d like a bunk with your name on it.  Alan’s not exactly sure of the departure date yet but a weeks sailing will cost around £400 plus your flights, this will cover yacht charter, food onboard and as much tea as you can drink, the occasional beer and meal ashore will be on top.

Don’t forget to check out our sailing plan page on the website, here’s a link: Sailing Plan

That’s it, for now, folks, hope the oilskins are still waterproof!

All the best form all at Visa-gb HQ

Visa-gb:  Website

 

 

Sailing Schedule for Visa-GB 2021

Sailing Schedule 2021 for Visually Impaired Sailing Association (Visa-gb)

 Visually Impaired Sailing Association (Visa-gb)

Sailing Events for 2021 include the following:

  • Scottish Island Flotilla, 15th to 22nd May.
  • The Royal Escape Race, 25th to 31st May.
  • Round the Island Race 3rd July, charter 28th June to 4th July.
  • Sea Vision 2021, 5th June to 3rd July.
  • Blind Week 12th to 19th June 2021.
  • Warm Weather Cruise September/October.

There’s a space for you. For information on any of the trips email: membership@visa-gb.org.uk or call Sue on 07767717440

 There are more details about us on our website:  www.Visa-gb.org.uk

 

More details about the sailing events below

  • Scotland 20214 yachts chartered from 15th May to Monday 22nd May, starting at Largs Sailing Club on the beautiful West Coast of Scotland.  The Visa-gb flotilla will cruise these sheltered waters, enjoy some shore time together and celebrate all that is good about visually impaired sailing.  Booking costs £300 plus travel. Suitable for novices and experienced sailors.
  • Royal Escape race, 28th May. Brighton to Fécamp in France. Yacht chartered from Tuesday 25 May to Monday 31 May so you’ll get a few days practice before setting off on this long established and most enjoyable cross channel hop.  Lots of friends to make and the joy of landing on foreign soil!  Sponsorship allows us to subsidise the trip, estimated cost of £35 per day. Novices and Experienced sailors welcome, but you’ll need to be physically fit for this one.
  • Round The Island Race 3rd July.  Yacht chartered from Monday 28th of June to Sunday 4th of July. Starting from Cowes, circumnavigate the Isle of Wight in one day.  With 1800 yachts taking part, the Visa-gb entry will cut its way through the fleet with a finely honed crew of hardened racers – maybe!  Our first foray into this world event. Thanks to sponsorship we hope to have a cost of no more than £50 per day. Crew must be fit and have sailing experience.
  • 2021 Sea Vision 5th June to 3rd July. Thanks to the National Lottery we can deliver this exciting project in 2021.   Starting in Falmouth in Cornwall with a yacht chartered for four weeks, the project involves sailing east to Lymington in Hampshire to join Blind Week (12-19June), and then back to Falmouth afterwards. As we journey we shall be promoting what we do and why we do it. Ports of call may include Fowey, Plymouth, Salcombe, Dartmouth, Weymouth & Poole.  These trips will be heavily subsidised thanks to the National Lottery.   Ideal for those wanting to try sailing for the first time, join us for half a day or a week. You’ll be supported by experienced sailors throughout the tri
  • Blind Week 12 – 19 June 2021, sailing from Lymington. Be part of this 30 year old event. Further details in January 2021 for the event in June.  
  • Warm Weather Cruise, following the success of our 2019 trip to Majorca we plan to be off again in September or October Spain or another exotic location. If you are interested let us know.  Expected cost £400 plus flights.

There’s a space for you. For information on any of the trips email: membership@visa-gb.org.uk or call Sue on 07767717440

 There are more details about us on our website:  www.Visa-gb.org.uk

 Thank you reading this, there’ll be more exciting plans for 2022 and beyond.  We look forward to talking to you soon!   Sue, Lofty, Eddie, Anil, Alan, Tim, Lorraine and Dee.

 

 

Sailing: Scottish Island Flotilla May 2021 with VISA-GB

Sailing: Scottish Island Flotilla Sat 15-22 May 2021 with VISA-GB

Sailing: Scottish Island Flotilla May 2021 with VISA-GB

** It’s time.  Yes folks we’ve gone and done it, sorted it and are looking forward to it!!   The Scottish Island Flotilla is now slotted in for the marvellous month of May 2021.

Here in splendid isolation, tucked in the engine room of Visa towers, there’s been work afoot.  We’ve been planning, persuading and biscuit testing as we work out the best way to turn our backs on this wretched Corona fella and look forward to crew cuddles, close handed tacking and generally laughing in the face of spring 2020.

Along with our lovely pink legged friends, at Flamingo Yacht charter, we have now nailed down the dates for our trip – so diaries out, bunting to the ready, drum roll…

Ladies and Gentlemen, shipmates and cabin buddies your presence is requested at Largs Sailing Club from Saturday 15th May through to Saturday 22nd May in the good year 2021!!

So there you have it, polish your sporran, brush off the Tam ‘o Shanter,  get the cat booked into a boarding house and get yourself ready.  We have sufficient time to plan, plot and prepare to make this a sailing celebration befitting all us brave soles that have stuck to, supported, and generally kept our chins high throughout this extraordinary period.

Super Sue is on hand to answer any questions regarding bits and bobs on the joining, booking, rebooking front. If you need Sue’s convivial tones call her on 07767 717440.  Steve Benn has been promoted to the cheese police and will inspect bags for those sneaky stilton’s.  Captain Kitchen is in full flow with local hosterlies and brewers to ensure they can ramp up supplies.

Good times are just around the corner!

website:  https://visa-gb.org.uk

 

 

Sailing: Scottish Island Flotilla May 2021 with VISA-GB

Sailing: Scottish Island Flotilla Sat 15-22 May 2021 with VISA-GB
Venue:
Scottish Islands
Time:
Sat 15 may - Sat 22 May
Phone:
07767 717440
Date:
15th May 2021
Cost:
TBC call Sue 07767 717440
Contact:


Sailing: Scottish Island Flotilla May 2021 with VISA-GB

** It’s time.  Yes folks we’ve gone and done it, sorted it and are looking forward to it!!   The Scottish Island Flotilla is now slotted in for the marvellous month of May 2021.

Here in splendid isolation, tucked in the engine room of Visa towers, there’s been work afoot.  We’ve been planning, persuading and biscuit testing as we work out the best way to turn our backs on this wretched Corona fella and look forward to crew cuddles, close handed tacking and generally laughing in the face of spring 2020.

Along with our lovely pink legged friends, at Flamingo Yacht charter, we have now nailed down the dates for our trip – so diaries out, bunting to the ready, drum roll…

Ladies and Gentlemen, shipmates and cabin buddies your presence is requested at Largs Sailing Club from Saturday 15th May through to Saturday 22nd May in the good year 2021!!

So there you have it, polish your sporran, brush off the Tam ‘o Shanter,  get the cat booked into a boarding house and get yourself ready.  We have sufficient time to plan, plot and prepare to make this a sailing celebration befitting all us brave soles that have stuck to, supported, and generally kept our chins high throughout this extraordinary period.

Super Sue is on hand to answer any questions regarding bits and bobs on the joining, booking, rebooking front. If you need Sue’s convivial tones call her on 07767 717440.  Steve Benn has been promoted to the cheese police and will inspect bags for those sneaky stilton’s.  Captain Kitchen is in full flow with local hosterlies and brewers to ensure they can ramp up supplies.

Good times are just around the corner!

website:  https://visa-gb.org.uk

 

 

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.