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VI-SA-GB Adventure sailing for all visually impaired people
VI-SA-GB’s main 'on the water' activities are centered around our Adventure Sailing programme
Unlike anything on offer from anyone else VI-SA-GB's annual sailing programme is imaginative and hugely refreshing
In the first 3 months of the 2014 sailing season, we have made it possible for Blind and Partially sighted people to sail in the UK's best sailing area - The Clyde estuary, we have made Fecamp in Normandy for the very first time our first landfall on our 14 day Normandy expedition. and gone on to reef our canvas in some very challenging weather to rub shoulders with the chic in and around the medieval tourist magnet that is Honfleur.
Ashore behind the scenes VI-SA-GB is trend setting once more
2014 Clyde Sea Lochs and Islands flotilla week
The first ever VI-SA-GB Clyde Sea Lochs and Islands flotilla week for Blind and partially sighted people took place between Saturday 12 and Saturday 19 April 2014 and surpassed everyones expectations. comprising of a flotilla week with 7 yachts 53 people gathered on the Saturday afternoon at Largs Yacht Haven on the North Ayrshire coast, where they were met by volunteers from Largs Sailing Club. read more about the Fabulous week on the Clyde read the Disc Drive flotilla report A hugely successful and enjoyable achievement by everyone! not least thanks to our new friends at Largs Sailing Club Largs Sailing Club website (opens in a new window) and also our friends Able2Sail Able2Sail website (opens in a new window)
On the second day of the week BBC Scotlands reporter Ian Hamilton took to our chartered yacht Annito to experience for himself the thrill of off-shore sailing in a supportive atmosphere where Blind and partially sighted people are empowered to take control and sail with minimal interference from their facilitators Watch the TV clip shot showing Ian helming Annito and also interviewing Izzy Mcgrath a member of crew.
VI-SA-GB Training manual
At long last we have just picked up the first run of our newly published...Competence for sailing with Blind and partially sighted people - A training manual" copies of which will be handed to delegates on our Certification courses that we are starting to roll out to other projects that understand the responsibility of correct and proper facilitation. Also to volunteers as they join visa.gb or attend awareness and our 'in house' familiarisation courses which we are implementing again later this year.
Its taken us a little while to deliver on the actual article; a picture of which is here, along with an alt description. The creation of this invaluable resource we hope will give people not only a 'starting point' but also a useful 'ready reckoner' for them to refer back to when unsure. Included within the manual are a number of blank pages for notes for volunteers to use as a log to record their volunteering and facilitation experiences, and to scribble reminders of incidents where things haven't gone well, or recommendations that would be useful.Why not download your personal electronic copy of Competence for sailing with Blind & partially sighted people - A training manual Begin download of Adobi pdf version or download your personal electronic copy of Competence for sailing with Blind & partially sighted people - A training manual Begin download of Microsoft word version
Volunteer today! and get your FREE 50 page copy of our Competence for sailing with Blind & partially sighted people - A Training manual Find out more about volunteering
2014 Sailing programme
We're already a good way through the VI-SA-GB 2014 Sailing Programme partly supported by, and thanks to the enormous co-operation of our friends and fellow sailing pals at UKSA Check out the Sailing programme today
Our ‘Adventure sailing programmes are residential aboard the VI-SA-GB charter 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 a Maritime and Coastguard (MCA) Category 2 approved yacht courtesy of the United Kingdom Sailing Academy (UKSA) in West Cowes 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
For more information check out our FAQ pages Frequently Asked Questions
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Shore based Training
SRC VHF radio course
.....A number of people have been asking us about the running of A VHF SRC course, and today I've set my mind to researching a suitable venue to host just such a course. We have our volunteer RYA instructor John Norman who has kindly offered his time and all of the equipment needed for a shore based VHF course and the subsequent assessment for people to obtain their VHF operators licence from Offcom afterwards, so all it remains is for people to indicate their interest in taking part, and finding a venue that is going to be relatively easy for everyone to get to and within budget... 20 May
In conjunction with our volunteer RYA qualified instructor we will be running the first ever fully accessible shore based SRC VHF radio course. Especially designed and adapted so delegates maximise upon their learning in an environment that best suits peoples learning styles
The course is an intensive programme of learning followed by a practical assessment which in line with a new sylabus introduced this year by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has to be assessed by an independent assessor.
These courses have been adapted incorporating tactile examples and using physical demonstration and learning on actual VHF radios. Our instructors will be supported by facilitators to help and ensure that reasonable adjustments are made to suit peoples different learning skillWhy not download your personal electronic copy of the RYA VHF SRC handbook Begin download of Seven zip file and commence your homework and preparatory studies today!
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.
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