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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 5 chartered yachts for 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
- 78% of those surveyed returned a positive response in favour of a flotilla week on the Clyde sailing around the Sea Lochs and Islands in April 2014
- 96% were in favour of the mix of social aprè sail with adventure sailing
- Less than 10% of those surveyed were bothered about the distance to travel or the cost
VI-SA-GB branded fleece top draw
The draw for the FREE VI-SA-GB branded fleece top will take place on 22nd February at our annual 'catch up' and gathering at the Paternoster, 2/4 Queens head passage, off corner of Newgate street in London, EC4m 9DZ and the lucky winner will be notified by e-mail shortly after read more about getting to the Paternoster
UKSA announced as Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week official charrity 2014 - 2016
Cowes weeks official charity results were announced in early January and your support for UKSA and how they support the Visually Impaired Sailing Association of GB by voting for them to become the official charity during Cowes week successfully saw UKSA fight off stiff opposition. Well done UKSA! and all our friends working at Arctic road in West Cowes 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:
- Experience Equality, freedom and true independence through off-shore sailing
- Develop your own confidence and become empowered by using off-shore sailing as a vehicle to dismantle barriers
- Build, strengthen and master team working skills in a off-shore sailing environment amongst your own visually impaired peers.
- Learn new independent living skills and use your own initiative to adapt in an environment that actively promotes empowering oneself
- Develop own increased social skills around people with peer support from other visually impaired sailors
- The VI-SA-GB Adventure sailing programme helps you to gain confidence in taking control and using facilitation in the manner that best supports your objectives
- It is an ideal opportunity to give your partner or PA support respite rest through taking a VISA-GB Adventure sailing trip
Thank you so much for last week's trip. I enjoyed the whole experience immensely; far more than I had expected. I think that your approach: the way you involve everyone, the people you choose and how you brief them, in short what I take to be the VISA-GB ethos, is spot on and ... well huge respect. I learned so much, both practically and in general enrichment. I'll stop gushing but really did want you to know what a great time I had.
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:
- Adventure sailing – Off-shore sailing accompanied by other visually impaired people your peers.
- a focus on team building and soft-skills around developing coping mechanisms. Learning how to mind map and contectualise information in a non visual manner.
- Respite – time out in an environment of supported comraderie with an emphasis on relaxing , and having fun with other visually impaired sailors.
- Bursary (subject to eligibility
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
- SRC & DRC VHF Radio course
- First Aid training
- Sea Survival Course
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:
- 5 day RYA Competent Crew
- 7 Day RYA Day Skipper Practical
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.