Cruise Dates

2019 Cruise Dates
VISUALLY IMPAIRED CRUISING OPPORTUNITIES 2019


3-day weekend: 10th – 13th May
2-day taster weekend: 31st May – 2nd June
8-day cruise: 6th – 14th September

• 3-day weekend cruise from Friday evening 10th May to Monday afternoon 13th May.

• 2-day Taster weekend from Friday evening 31st May to Sunday afternoon 2nd June.

• 8-day cruise from Friday evening 6th September to Saturday afternoon 14th September.

• During the summer, we hope that individual EAST skippers will be able to offer sailing opportunities to experienced visually impaired sailors, by invitation. We would be pleased to offer an introductory service.

• We will be offering day-sailing opportunities to a number of organisations for blind people on Friday 10th May and Friday 31st May. If you or your organisation is interested in taking part, please contact Trevor Williams on 07872907719.


We look forward to welcoming you aboard!




*Charges for 2019*

All crew are required to make a contribution towards boat costs as follows:

• May weekend (3 nights) - £75
• June taster weekend (2-nights) - £50
• September cruise (8-nights) - £200

INCLUDED are all meals and drinks on board.
(During the 8-day, the boat kitty may cover a meal ashore)

NOT included are:
a. bar bills
b. transport to and from Suffolk Yacht Harbour


If you are not a paid-up member of EAST, there will be a fee for temporary membership of £3 per night for the weekend cruises. You must be a full member of EAST to take part in the 8 day cruise.



*Making detailed arrangements*

To take part in a VI Cruise you will need to complete the VI Cruising Application Form & Medical Questionnaire. Priority for the cruise week will be given to full members of EAST.

If accepted, the Cruising Coordinator will allocate you to a yacht crew. The Skipper of the yacht you are assigned to will contact you before the event to discuss your needs ie special dietary requirements, any physical or medical condition of which he/she should be aware of for safety purposes and your travel arrangements. It is not guaranteed but your skipper might be able to arrange for you to be collected from Ipswich Station.

For kit list and more information go to the 'Essential Reading for Crew' tab on the 'cruising' page.


*Comments from our Visually Impaired crew*

• I really didn’t think that sailing would be possible for a visually impaired person. How wrong was I?
• I love it and want to sail for as long as I'm physically able.
• It gives me such a sense of freedom, invigoration, and empowerment. Everyone is so patient, kind and generous. It’s amazing.
• I greatly admire the way so much sailing was made possible on open water and in the rivers despite the constraints of the weather.
• Please do not mark me down for using the words Wonderful Brilliant Excellent because it was!
• This cruise, 12 – 15 May, was the best yet.
• Had a wonderful weekend and cannot thank you all enough. EAST is an amazing organisation and I am so grateful that you are willing to give up your time and more importantly your sailing time to allow us to share your love and passion.
• Yes for sure I would sail again, I wouldn’t change a thing -roll on next year. Thank you all again for an experience that is now an amazing memory for me
• The day sail and the two night sail that I have been on were both very enjoyable, educational, and fun – many thanks.
• I now feel more confident to get involved, control sails and volunteer to help without worrying I'll just get in the way and ask questions. I can also do a couple of knots!!!
• I felt fully included and as able to be independent as possible -but I did get spoilt a bit, which I also liked too!
• I still feel completely exhilarated and more confident in my own abilities! Thank you EAST and especially the skipper and sighted crew on my yacht for making me stretch myself and raise my aspirations!