Frequently Asked Questions
- Do you need experience?
- Is it safe?
- What do I need to bring?
- Are VI-SA-GB's association events suitable for all ages?
- I am not particularly fit, does this matter?
- How long does an VI-SA-GB association event last?
- Where do VI-SA-GB voyages start from and return to? ?
- Can I bring my dog?
- Does VI-SA-GB have its own yachts?
- What will the facilities be like on an UKSA or charter yacht?
- What are the maximum and minimum numbers?
- Do you supply accommodation and food?
- How do we book?
- Are we permitted to smoke?
Do you need Experience?
No experience is required. VI-SA-GB skippers, crew and your other visually impaired members will show you all the necessary skills, and coach you, so as you are able to take part in any of the associations events. The only thing you need to bring is your enthusiasm.Back to top
Is it safe?
Safety is our absolute priority. VI-SA-GB' skippers and volunteer crew have been chosen for their qualified yachting experience they have developed and their safety management. The Oceans and seas environment in which VI-SA-GB sail are demanding and testing. Therefore we work with them in selecting sailing programmes that are safe, exciting and adventurous. All skippers and voluntary crew members are committed to providing the highest level of safety possible. We continuously monitor and review your feedback to ensure that this happens.
Our volunteer skippers and crew are trained and qualified to the highest standard, with experience from all around the world. Skippers have a minimum Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) commercial endorsed Royal Yachting Agency (RYA) Yacht Master (YM) offshore qualification, with a valid Eng 1 medical, RYA first Aid at Sea, Sea Survival, and VHF DSC operators qualificationsBack to top
What do you need to bring?
Water based adventures
Specialised equipment is provided. Life jackets that are easy to fit and comfortable to wear. Water proof jackets and trousers [Oilies] can be hired by members for no additional cost.
You will need a sleeping bag for nights on the yacht.
Deck shoes or sea bootsare recommended, alternitively a good pair of training shoes. Multiple layers are better than very thick chunky clothing, as you are able to remove layers or add an extra layer if you get too hot or are feeling the cold.
It is strongly recommended that a hat is packed as well as gloves, and possibly a scarfBack to top
Is membership open to all ages?
All visually impaired people over 18 years of age are welcome to join as VI-SA-GB full members .Back to top
I am not particularly fit, does this matter?
Sailing as a VI-SA-GB member is tailored for you to take it at your own pace. A general level of fitness is recommended so that you get the most out of every aspect of your sailing week.
Please refer to our Application for membership and berths Terms and Conditions if you are unsure.Back to top
How long does a VI-SA-GB event last?
Sailing programme details the voyage and the number of days that each event will run for. Confirmation of the start and end dates will be in the joining instructions that will be forwarded to you within two weeks of the commencement of your voyageBack to top
Where do VI-SA-GB voyages start from and return to?
Joining your yacht details the start and point of return for all voyages commencing from Portsmouth Harbour
Where voyages are arranged in other parts of the UK, details will be supplied of the embarkation (joining) and disembarkation (returning) points in the joining instructions that you will receive on making your bookingBack to top
Can I bring my dog?
No. Sailing is not suitable for dogs. Why not give them a holiday whilst you are awayBack to top
Does VI-SA-GB have its own yachts?
At present VI-SA-GB does not own any yachts. Our Sailing programme is centred around using yachts chartered from the United Kingdom Sailing Academy (UKSA) in Cowes on the Isle of Wight.
We also charter suitable yachts in other regions where possibleBack to top
What are the facilities like on UKSA and charter yachts ?
The following plan and description is an example of the accommodation of a typical UKSA yacht. All UKSA yachts are Sail Training School boats and are therefore well used throughout a season."> Back to top
What are the maximum and minimum numbers?
Vi-sa-GB works on being able to take between 4 & 8 Visually impaired sailors to sea at any one time. The yachts VISA-GB use sleep a maximum of 9 people between 3 and 4 cabins.
5 people including Skipper and mate make up the minimum numbers practical for the trip to proceedBack to top
Do you supply accommodation and food?
Yes. Whilst you are on board the VI-SA-GB yacht, All meals, and snacks are included. VI-SA-GB policies are such that all yachts practise an 'alcohol free boat rule. Meals or drink taken ashore are excluded and the costs will be your own responsibility.Back to top
How do we book?
You will need to be a member of the Visually Impaired Sailing Association of Great Britain to be eligible to book a members berth.Simply complete the application for membership [opens in a new browser]Back to top
Are we permitted to smoke?
No! Smoking is strictly forbidden on all VI-SA-GB yachts and property belonging to the association in accordance with legislation and all members, volunteers and trustees are requested to observe this at all times.Back to top
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.