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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: 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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GB Blind Sailing Team in Sheboygan!

GB Blind Sailing Team 2017

Sharon Grennan, a Metro member, is in the VI GB team and we wish her good luck along with her team mates on a successful world championship!

GB Blind Sailing Team have landed in Sheboygan, the weather is warm and the breeze is steady 12 – 15 knots.  The blind fleet racing is raced in a team of four in sight categories B1, B2, and B3.  B1 being those with no sight up to B3 those with conditions that reduce their sight like tunnel vision.   Each boat is made up of a sighted tactician and sighted crew with a visually impaired helm and mainsheet trimmer.

The British Blind Sailing Team
The British Blind Sailing Team – Photo from the side

Great Britain has worked hard to increase the number of both sighted and visually impaired, this year sees four new sighted sailor take part in the World Championships.  It is exciting to see GBR expand, new B2 crew Colin Midgley said “it’s exciting to be at the venue, in its self, it is a beautiful spot. It has been great sharing the event with locals in Sheboygan, creating interest in the event.  Today we have received our team kit, which feels great and I feel set for tomorrow’s practice racing”.

The British Blind Sailing Team
The British Blind Sailing Team – photo from the front

Justin Smith will be new tactician for the B3b team said: “it’s a great sense of pride representing GBR, I am slightly apprehensive wanting to do well for team and country but excited at the same time”.

The team has spent the day learning about the area and working with local Todd Wake about the weather and how the different breezes will affect the racing, this has been key learning especially for that have not sailed in this area before.

The team are set for training tomorrow, follow us at gbrblindsailing.co.uk

 

Training Update for World Blind Sailing Championships and sponsorship challenge!