2:34pm Wednesday 27th March 2013
The March meeting took place at the Penmere Manor Hotel where the chairman, John Fortey, introduced guest speakers David Ekin-Smyth and Carol Woodman who between them told the story of Blind At Sea, a local charity set up to help the visually impaired enjoy the pleasures of sailing.
David Ekin-Smyth who is the Commodore of Blind At Sea said that the charity had been set up in 1980 and was funded wholly by public donation and made possible by the generosity of the skippers who gave their time and use of their boats.
In addition, sighted crew ensured that there was a one-to-one ratio when at sea.
During the sailing season six or seven boats sailed every other Saturday and ensured that the visually impaired crew did everything there had to be done from setting the sails to steering.
Carol Woodman who is visually impaired herself told a truly inspirational story about how important Blind At Sea was to her life and wellbeing.
She said that when she lost her sight she lost a great deal of her self-confidence. When she discovered Blind At Sea her life changed dramatically for the better.
She looks forward to sailing from Mylor every second Saturday and really enjoys being at sea and mixing with a whole new group of people.
In his vote of thanks, the Hon Treasurer, Bruce Keer, said how inspirational the members had found this talk and thanked Blind At Sea for all the good work they were doing for the visually impaired.
The club welcomes new members. For more information telephone 01326 212237.
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