Cruising with EAST
EAST first began in 1992 with the idea of providing cruising opportunities for those with visual impairments with the first cruise taking place in 1993, pre-dating our keelboat sailing by three years. 30 years later we have developed a strong cruising section at EAST that caters for visually impaired adults (18+) and offers supported cruises on member’s private yachts which are typically between 30 and 40 feet long. The VI Cruises as we call them, visit a variety of locations on the East Coast. Absolute beginners are welcome and we cater for all levels of visual impairment.
Our cruising section relies upon owner skippers volunteering to come along on a cruise with their yacht for a 2, 3 or 8 day cruise.
Our cruises usually take place over two weekends in the early summer, with a longer eight day cruise in the early autumn. We aim to have around 10 yachts on each cruise and an Admiral who coordinates the event, though this number can vary.
2023 marked the 30th year of our cruising section, and saw the flotilla of yachts sail to Chatham Marina in Kent back to Levington.
We are currently organising the calendar for 2024, so check back regularly for updates as they will be posted here soon.
We are always looking for more yacht owners, skippers, sighted and visually impaired crew. Taster days and taster weekends are undertaken before taking part in a longer cruise.
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