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 previously team visa GB's annual sailing programme is growing and incorporating more imaginative and hugely refreshing events and ideas
Over the last 3 months of the 2015 sailing season, team visa-GB have delivered a weekend of Familiarisation and awareness training to some 12 volunteers, so that you guys are empowered by your skippers and mates to sail independently and attend to all tasks that you are sufficiently competent to do; with the assurance that your fellow crew including your skipper and mate, won't 'jump up' and do what you are very capable of doing; you won't be left sitting in the cockpit when the main sail needs reefing, or the genoa cars need moving; you will be relied upon when deciding on the configuration of lines ashore prior to setting to sea, and you will experience a greater and more inclusive experience....but to achieve on this team visa GB needs you to challenge your skippers and mates when you are being excluded, we need you to be confident enough to demonstrate that you can do more than previously some volunteers have understood you can!
Both on the sea and ashore behind the scenes team visa GB is trend setting once more and rocking boats amongst established practises and conventional thinking.
Volunteer skippers needed
Are you a Commercially endorsed yachtmaster? do you have the temprement, confidence and experience to empower your crew of Blind and partially sighted people?
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 with team visa GB.
team visa GB Outreach
For the first time ever in our short history, team visa GB went on the road! Well not literally you'll understand, we took a UKSA's Sweden 42 'Freedom' on a outreach day to introduce the excitement and thrill of off-shore sailing to a couple of local groups associated with Blind and partially sighted people
Commencing from Poole quay boat haven on Monday 15 June Steve Bailey, Stephen Gibson, and Keith Sims joined us aboard our yacht for a 'FREE' day sail as an introduction to off-shore sailing. The session lasted about 3 hours before returning them to the marina, and the yacht setting passage for Southampton
Tuesday 16 June dawned bright and sunny, and despite there being no wind at all, we met Christine Medway, Stephen Bosswell, Doug Coleman, and Martin Gibson in the offices of Associated British Ports Southampton ports operation and escorted them to our yacht waiting alongside on the nearby pier. All four guests from Southampton Sight were then introduced to a 3 hour session sailing; despite not having any natural wind on Southampton Water.
Sadly our scheduled outreach from Brighton had to be re-scheduled due to the team visa GB being out of location in time for the planned day from Brighton.
2015 Sailing programme
Our attention and efforts at team visa GB are now focussed on our late summer / early summer 2015 Sailing Programme. Once again fully supported by, and thanks to the enormous co-operation of our friends and fellow sailing pals at UKSA
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 team visa GB late summer / early autumn2015 Sailing programme has just been published this week!!!.
SRC VHF radio course
In conjunction with our volunteer RYA qualified Senior instructor and volunteer RYA VHF SRC course assessor we will be running our second fully accessible shore based SRC VHF radio course in November. The dates are yet to be decided, However if you're keen to hold your Radio Operators licence allowing you to freely use a VHF SRC radio whilst afloat, then we would recommend that you get your name registered. This course is looking to be extremely popular already; and may nessecitate a follow on course as the numbers are limited to 4 delegates per course. The venue will most probably be the Cruising Association Headquarters alongside Limehouse basin, London ECE14 8BT once again
The course has been 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. Students attending the course will be supported by facilitators to help and ensure that your reasonable adjustments are made to suit your individual learning skill
2016 Clyde Sea Lochs and Islands flotilla week
As we are watching the unfaltering wake from our hugely successful late spring and early summer sailing programme stream away to the far distant shores our minds are turning already to next year. Within the next few months team visa GB will commence planning its 2016 Clyde Sea Lochs and Islands flotilla week from Largs on the North Ayrshire coast.
We already have a flotilla leader in mind for the week, and a list of very valueable suggestions and recommendations taken from the feedback received from participants of the first ever team visa GB Clyde Sea Lochs and Islands flotilla week in April 2014.
The team visa GB trustees promised everyone that we wouldn't compromise on our earlier success or sacrifice the quality of the week, and to that end we shall be working on our pledge to deliver an even better and more successful event in 2016. Once again we urge everyone to watch this space read the article printed in Yachting Monthly about the Clyde Sea Lochs and Islands flotilla week 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)
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 Smith helming Annito and also interviewing Izzy Mcgrath a member of crew during the 2014 Clyde Sea Lochs and Islands flotilla week
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