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Griff waves off three men in a boat

PUBLISHED: 12:41 22 April 2014 | UPDATED: 12:41 22 April 2014

members of East Suffolk Association for the Blind and the East Anglian Sailing Trust look forward to the celebratory sail.

members of East Suffolk Association for the Blind and the East Anglian Sailing Trust look forward to the celebratory sail.

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Celebrity boat enthusiast Griff Rhys Jones will wave off a group of blind sailors taking to the water as part of centenary celebrations for the East Suffolk Association for the Blind (ESAB).

ESAB is collaborating in the project called Three Men in a Boat with The East Anglian Sailing Trust (EAST), a charity which offers sailing for the blind and disabled.

The sailors will be waved off by Griff as they leave Suffolk Yacht Harbour, Levington on the morning of Sunday, April 27, to sail up to Lowestoft. They will hold receptions at Lowestoft, Southwold and Levington (Suffolk Yacht Harbour Ltd), with blind sailors progressing from one venue to the next in yachts provided and skippered by EAST members. Each of the three yachts will have at least one visually impaired sailor on board.

On Monday, April 28, 16 local visually impaired people will be given a sailing experience followed by a reception in the evening. On Tuesday, April 29, the three crews will sail down to Southwold where they will host another celebration at Southwold Rugby Club, while on Wednesday April 30 the same crews will sail back to Suffolk Yacht Harbour where they will host a final celebration feast in the Harbour Room.

Bill Smith, chairman of EAST, said: “EAST’s volunteer skippers are very happy to lend their time and yachts to this celebration.

“We’ve enjoyed helping blind and visually impaired people to fully participate in sailing for 20 years now –

this is a great opportunity to extend what we do.”

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