Welcome to the Visually Impaired Sailing Association
Frequently Asked Questions
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 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 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 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.Back 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.
Comprehensive Kit Lists will be forwarded to you on receipt of your booking. >Back 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 my VI-SA-GB membership last?
Membership is annual and runs from 31 January for 12 months. Renewals fall due on 31st January of each following year, and reminders will be automaticaly e mailed in December of the preceeding year.Back to top
Do you give group discount?
No, not as such. VI-SA-GB's full membership is available to individual visually impaired people and associate membership to organisations with no maximum numbers of affiliated members.
VI-SA-GB members benefit from the use of VI-SA-GB yachtsBack 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. It is the aim of the association to acquire a suitable yacht for the membership.Back to top
What are the facilities like on the VI-SA-GB yacht?
The following plan and description is an example of the accommodation that VI-SA-GB would consider suitable when acquiring a yacht."> Back to top
What are the maximum and minimum numbers?
Vi-sa-GB envisages being able to take 6 Visually impaired sailors to sea at any one time. The VISA-GB yacht would sleep a maximum of 9 people in 4 cabins.Back to top
Do you supply accommodation and food?
Yes. Whilst you are on board the VI-SA-GB yacht, All meals are included. 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
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