Forth Valley Sensory Centre
Five of our Centre Users recently enjoyed a great day out at the World Blind Sailing Championships which has visited the UK for the first time ever.
Meeting at Helensburgh, the Match Championships usually take place in America, Canada or Australia. Taking advantage of the visit to Scotland several Centre Users were able to go out and enjoy a day’s sailing, learning some of the ropes and the challenges faced by competitiors.
Groups and Activities Coordinator, Brenda Whyte, herself a keen sailor, said:
“Wha an amazing opportunity to get our blind Centre Users out on a boat to experience the excitement of of being part of the world Blind Sailing Championships.
“For many this was the first time they had been on a boat and some even got the chance to ‘skipper’ the boat, under expert instruction from sighted sailors.”
The weather was perfect with a light breeze, blue skies and calm waters.
Participant Steven who is blind said:
“It was a fantastic day out. A really new experience for me. I loved every minute of it. I’m really pleased we got the chance to try it because you never know what you are missing out on otherwise. It’s a hard task though and I have a lot of respect for anyone sailing with sight loss.”
This is one of our regular outings that our Centre Users enjoy. We aim to challenge and inspire as well as build confidence and provide new experiences. To find out more about all our groups and classes see our What’s On Guide here.