A Charitable Organization Helping the Handicapped and Visually Impaired
Founding Member of the Swiss Handicapped Sail Training Association.
The Zermatt Yacht Club, and the African Queen
Enjoy the spectacular reflection of the Dents du Midi on the blue waters of the Lac Leman, the picturesque vineyards crowding the hills of Lavaux, and the majestic Chateau de Chillon. The 100 year old Dutch Saloon ship, generously donated to Grand Largue in 2009, has been entirely refurbished to modern navigation standards and its precious teak interior and etched glass windows have been restored to their original Victorian luster. Catering to private or business events the luxurious comfort of the salon of the African Queen can accommodate up to 12 guests.
For sailors the Grand Largue proposes its fully equipped open cockpit 30 foot Ketch Amber-Zermatt. Hoisting new racing sails it can accommodate up to 10 guests comfortably for a thrilling outing on the lake. Fully equipped with new motor, large icebox and enclosed WC. Persons with a valid license may charter and skipper the Amber-Zermatt themselves. The Association is preparing the Amber-Zermatt to enter the famous 2012 overnight Bol d’Or race on Lac Leman, the longest Alpine lake regatta in Europe, and plans to train a mixed handicapped crew for the race.
The Grand Largue Association proudly collaborates and supports the following charitable organizations encouraging handicapped persons to sail and enjoy the open air sport of yachting.
The mission of the Grand Largue Association, a Swiss charity officially recognized since 1996, is to help handicapped and visually impaired persons to become involved and active in sailing. The Zermatt Yacht Club was founded in 1972 onboard the S.S. Zamoura and is now located in the Snowboat Zermatt and Port Valais. The Zermatt Yacht Club was supported and housed in the Hotel Post until 2001. All proceeds from chartering the Grandlargue boats benefit the charitable activities of the Association. The out station is located in Port Valais at the foot of the Gramont, where the Rhone flows into Lac Leman, and where its boats are conveniently berthed. Food and refreshments arranged upon reservation. Special charter possibilities available upon request, visiting well known restaurants along the Lakes shore or other interesting historical locations. For charter information please see contact below.