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VI-SA-GB Adventure sailing for all visually impaired people
VI-SA-GB’s main activities are centered around our Adventure Sailing programme
2014 Clyde flotilla week
The first ever VI-SA-GB Clyde Sea Lochs and Islands introduction to keel boat sailing for visually impaired people, comprising of a flotilla week with 4 or 5 chartered yachts for up to 25 visually impaired participants will commence from Largs marina on the Clyde estuary in April 2014. read more about sailing in Scotland in 2014
Thanks to everyone for completing our market research survey on the 2014 Clyde flotilla week Click here to review the survey questions
VI-SA-GB branded fleece top draw
The draw for the FREE VI-SA-GB branded fleece top will take place at the end of February at our annual 'catch up' and gathering in London, and the lucky winner will be notified by e-mail shortly after
Watch out for how your vote for UKSA to become the official charity for Cowes Week 2014
Cowes weeks official charity results will be announced in early December - Your support for UKSA and how they support the Visually Impaired Sailing Association of GB through voting for them to become the official charity during Cowes weekwill be decided then. Cowes Week Official charity results
2014 Sailing programme
The VI-SA-GB 2014 Sailing Programme has been published thanks to the enormous co-operation of our friends and colleagues at UKSA Check out the Sailing programme today
Our ‘Adventure sailing programmes are residential aboard the VI-SA-GB yacht. Either 5-, 7-, or 10 - nights as a fully equal member of participating crew, for up to 8 visually impaired people. We start (embarkation)according to your joining instructions that will be sent to you well in advance of your week with us and run through to 14:00 on the day of disembarkation, offering up to 10 nights on board our yacht and delivering a real experience of life afloat. VI-SA-GB’s Adventure sailing programme is a mixture of exhilleration, tempered with a realism that you have the opportunity to sail independently; do as much or as little as you wish, with supervision and should you want it expert tuition and guidance from your qualified Skipper and first mate.
The days entail a mixture of sailing around the Solent, or weather and conditions permitting maybe further afield to Portland or even across the channel to France. The VI-SA-GB 2014 Sailing programme
As the VI-SA-GB Adventure sailing programme develops more nationally; local to all our members see The VISA GB sailing strategy we will base the trips from centres; where possible, more local to you
Some of the key qualities we see emerging from our participating crew are:
For more information check out our FAQ pages Frequently Asked Questions
Not found the answer to your questions? Please Contact us
Veterans Support programme
At VI-SA-GB , our experience has shown us that our sailing programme has enormous benefits for veterans coming to terms with a newly acquired visual impairment.
Working in partnership with well established and nationally recognised military sight loss charities - BLIND Veterans UK we can offer:
If you are coming to terms with a newly acquired visual impairment whilst in military service and wish to sail with VI-SA-GB, Contact us in the first instance as funding towards costs may be available which also could include travel costs and, where necessary, costs for a facilitator.
Shore based Training
In conjunction with our volunteer RYA qualified instructor we are also able to offer fully accessible shore based courses especially designed and adapted so delegates maximise upon their learning in an environment that best suits peoples learning styles
RYA practical courses
Run in conjunction with our partner RYA approved training school our volunteer RYA qualified instructor and examiner and VI-SA-GB offer:
These courses have been adapted incorporating tactile examples and using more physical demonstrations to suit different learning skills
Please Contact us for more details
The Visually Impaired Sailing Association of Great Britain receives no statutory funding and is entirely dependent on donations, gifts, and contributions from companies, trusts and private individuals.
If you are planning to hold any kind of fundraising activity to raise money and/or awareness for The Visually Impaired Sailing Association of Great Britain please tell us about it and we’ll post it on our events calendar. e-mail ... the basic details plus the relevant contact information and we’ll post it on our site within 48 hours.
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