Visually Impaired Sailors’ Week on the South Coast 2018
BLIND WEEK – 30 June to 7 July in Cornwall
The RYA’s recent video of the last years event below
To all VI sailor or would-be sailors
An invitation to participate in this year’s event!
Our 2018 sailing week will be Falmouth-based and hosted once again by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club. Participants will gather in Falmouth on Saturday 30 June in the afternoon and we start the week’s events with an opening dinner at the RCYC Clubhouse that evening. Having sailed a variety of routes, the yachts and their crews will re-unite at the Club for the closing dinner on the evening of Friday 6 July.Then crews will disembark, and the event will end on Saturday morning 7 July in Falmouth. I am delighted to say that Mike Browne has once again agreed to facilitate this event through his charity, Sporting Activities for the Disabled Charitable Trust.
If you are visually impaired and would like to apply for a place to crew on a yacht for the week please fill in your responses to the questions below and reply as soon as possible – at the latest by Monday 19 March 2018. Please reply, even if you’ve already mentioned to me, or to anyone else involved in the event, your wish to participate in BW 2018.
I am very aware of the need to keep costs under tight control and we have been able to set the VI participant’s fee for the 2018 event at £250.
If you haven’t participated in VI Sailors’ Week/Blind Week before, please read ‘What’s it all About?’ – a description by regular VI participants found here:
http://www.impossibledream.org.uk/blindWeek-extra.html …. .before completing your application answers
If you are unable to access the above just let me know and I will send the document to you directly.
I should emphasise that you really do not need any prior sailing experience to participate in and really enjoy Blind Week. Complete beginners and newcomers are just as warmly welcomed as experienced VI sailors, whose skills have been developed over many sea miles!
If you know of any visually impaired person who may not be aware of Blind Week, but might like to come along, or any friend who doesn’t appear to have received this letter, please do ask them to contact me – or you might simply share this page with them.
VI Sailors’ Week caters for applicants over 18 years old. Additionally, the normal sailing yachts we use are not specially equipped to cater for physical disabilities and require moderate agility by all the crew, including VI participants. This requirement is set out in the ‘What’s it all About” document, and we ask you to confirm that you meet it.
At this early planning stage it is impossible to offer firm places until we know the availability of boats. So please do bear with me until I’m able to confirm your place and your provisional yacht allocation – which will be in April.
I very much look forward to hearing from you! If you would like to take part in the event, please respond directly to this email by completing the questions set out in this downloadable word document: http://bit.ly/VISailing2018 and then sending this back to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Once again – my warmest wishes for 2018…. a New Year in which I hope you’ll spend some of your time on the water with us!