Tales for Ales

A place for sharing your experiences of the sea
BATS Chtistmas Party
You may have seen me at the party with a video camera recording, mainly, the Ladies who play. I did turn my camera on other events during the evening and I have made a little video to record the party which can be found on :-


Jack Penty
Donna Capel Sailing in Falmouth Bay with members of BATS
Donna Capel day sail
Copy of an email to the owners of Donna Capel who took BATS members for a day sail on there loveley boat.

Dear John and Jo,

Apologies for not being in touch before to thank you for a superb day on board Donna Capel. I was out of the country with no access to e mails until earlier this week.

I have now had the chance to receive feedback from BATS members who sailed with you on that rather special day. I have attached their comments and a couple of photos.

I would like to add to their comments a really big thank you to you both and to the crew. As you can see by the attached, all of BATS members greatly appreciated everything you did for us that day.

So thank you once again.

Warm regards


Feedback from BATS members
Beginning of the 2016 sailing season
Members of the Cornish-wide charity, Blind at Sea (BATS) gathered on the pontoon at Mylor Harbour
The text they printed in the West Britain (Falmouth) and The Falmouth Packet

Members of the Cornish-wide charity, Blind at Sea (BATS) gathered on the pontoon at Mylor Harbour on Saturday to mark the beginning of the 2016 sailing season. The club boat, Mandarin of Hurst, skippered by Bosun, Kevin Cooper, had spent the morning undergoing a ‘shakedown sail’. On returning to harbour Kev reported that all was in working order bar “a few minor tweaks”.

Visually impaired sailor, Ted Uren, who was on board for the sail said “It was great to be on the water after the winter and I’m also really looking forward to fishing with BATS.” Carole Woodman, who was on the pontoon with her guide dog Wilson said “It’s been a lovely afternoon. Beautiful sunny weather and it’s been really great to see BATS members and be here in Mylor at the start of sailing season.” Commodore Dr. Fran Branfield who was on board with her guide dog Nathan agreed and added “We are all looking forward to a busy sailing season. Thanks to the generosity of our loyal group of Skippers, who bring their yachts to BATS events, we are able to give blind and visually impaired people from all over Cornwall the experience of sailing in our beautiful waters. This coming year we will have (see Diary) a weekend sail, enjoy on shore barbeques and we will take part in racing from Mylor. volunteer drivers and helpers all have the opportunity to learn to sail alongside the visually impaired crew.

We are always looking for more volunteers; visually impaired adults, drivers, skippers with and without yachts, and helpers.

To find out more about BATS You can e.mail - sailing@blindatsea.co.uk
Mandarin gets wet for 2016
Mandarin gets wet for 2016
Hi all, just to let you know Mandarin was launched today with a fanfare and sunshine????????

There are a couple of things for me to do so I don't get bored now but she's looking good for 2016.


Orical leaving the pontoon for the BATS weekend sail
2015 Weekend Sail
Due to the inclement weather we were initially very disappointed that we were unable to set sail for Fowey. Our skippers were all in agreement that the South Westerly winds would have provided a lively sail up to Fowey but the return leg would have been ‘more of an endurance feat than a fun sail’. Fowey to Falmouth would have meant either sailing with the wind on the nose or large tacks making the return journey long and uncomfortable.

Luckily we had always had a ‘plan B’ in reserve! Now it was time to turn it into ‘The Plan’! .....

2015 Weekend Sail the full story
John rowing his dingy
Sailing with Bats by John W
Johns Power Point presentation

Click to watch John W Power Point presentation
YBS cheque presentation
YBS cheque presentation
Hi Fran

I think the best information I can provide to describe how BATS came to receive a £100 donation is to quote an extract from the news release which will accompany the official ‘photo’ should it be printed in the Falmouth and Truro Packet. This states:

“Yorkshire Building Society’s agency in Falmouth, Hine Downing Financial Services joined celebrations to mark 150 years of the Society helping people save for their futures and buy their first homes by calling on members of the public to nominate charities to receive donations of £100.

The Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation marked the occasion by giving away £150,000 as part of its annual Make a Difference Week and five charities in the Falmouth area have received a share of the anniversary donation.

The charities benefitting thanks to nominations from local residents received at the agency are: BATS (Blind at Sea); The Flicka Foundation; Falmouth Dementia Action Alliance; Kernow Huffa Puffas and Falmouth Memory Clinic.

Make a Difference Week is only possible thanks to Yorkshire Building Society’s innovative Small Change, Big Difference scheme which enables members to donate the pennies from their annual interest on their savings and mortgage accounts each year to the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation.”

Your group was one of more than 10 different charity nominations we received here at the agency and were one of the final five selected to put forward to YBS for their final approval – which was obviously given.

Whilst £100 although helpful isn’t a huge sum, we’re hoping that the picture will make it into the Packet and as a result generate awareness and more activity for all the local and probably lesser known charities chosen.

All of BATS members would like to say thank you to Yorkshire Building Society and Hine Downing Financial Services for there support.
Blind at Sea
Cornwall's Sailing Club for Visually Impaired People