No barrier to sailing
Audio navigation equipment and tactile charts have been used by blind army veterans learning to sail off the coast of East Anglia.
The six former service personnel took part in the event which was organised by Blind Veterans UK and the East Anglian Sailing Trust.
The audio navigation device included a fluxgate compass that beeps when the boat goes off course, allowing a vision-impaired helmsman to steer. Tactile charts feature raised areas to show the position of landmarks like sandbanks, while the use of a Discovery Pen delivers audio information, which helped the veterans partake in passage planning.
Roan Webb, who was discharged from the Royal Artillery due to sight loss, said: ‘I went sailing for one day and enjoyed it so much that I asked to come back for a second. I had another fantastic day on the water and I’m thinking of becoming a member of a club.’
For further details of Blind Veterans UK, visit www.blindveterans.org.uk.
The veterans used audio navigation units to help them sail