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The Jubilee Sailing Trust’s first accessible tall ship, Lord Nelson, has arrived back in London after being away for almost two years on the brilliant Norton Rose Fulbright ‘Sail the World’ Challenge.
The aim of the Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) is to promote the integration of men and women of all physical abilities through the challenge and adventure of tall ship sailing. On board their two magnificent, fully accessible tall ships, Lord Nelson and Tenacious, everybody gets the chance to participate in all aspects of running the ship. Since the charity’s inception 35 years ago, their philosophy has been that life should be about equality, sharing and celebrating individual differences, and working together to achieve greater things.
The Freemasons’ Grand Charity have supported the JST for many years, providing substantial donations that allow more people to get on board these remarkable ships.
Lord Nelson embarked on her fantastic world challenge in September 2012. The trip was 23 months long, covered 45,000 nautical miles, crossed the equator 6
times and involved 949 people, including 356 that had a physical disability. She embarked on this adventure from Southampton, sailed across the Atlantic Ocean carrying the Olympic Torch to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. From there she has sailed to South Africa, avoided pirates as she crossed the Indian Ocean to Kochi in India, enjoyed a warm Australian welcome when she took part in the International Fleet Review in Sydney Harbour, and was the first mixed ability vessel to sail around the infamous Cape Horn in southern Chile. Lord Nelson has visited over 30 countries in her quest to promote the messages of inclusion and equality, left Canada on the final leg of her voyage, and arrived home to a fantastic homecoming in London just before Insight went to press.
The ethos of the JST is to focus on what people are able to do, rather than what they cannot, and a ‘buddy’ system on board pairs able-bodied and disabled crew during a voyage so they can provide each other with mutual support. The Freemasons’ Grand Charity recently provided the JST with a very helpful bursary specifically targeted to cover the cost of sailing for the known buddies of people with severe disabilities.
The JST was recently awarded with the prestigious National Lottery Award for Best Sport Project 2014, and since the organisation’s inception 35 years ago, over 40,000 people have sailed with the
charity. Of these, over 15,000 were physically disabled, including
over 5,000 wheelchair users. JST has a wealth of experience taking
people with all types of physical ability to sea, from wheelchair users to amputees and those sensory impaired, to name a few. They understand that everyone has different strengths and abilities to carry out tasks around the ship range from climbing the mast and steering the ship to keeping watch and assisting in the kitchens whilst on galley duty. There are lifts between decks, power-assisted or joystick-assisted steering to enable those with limited mobility to easily manoeuvre the ship, and specialist equipment for assisted mast climbs.
Both Lord Nelson and Tenacious are fully equipped with accessible accommodation. There are cabins with turning areas for wheelchair users. There are also walk in shower rooms and plenty of hand rails to facilitate easier movement around the ships.
Anyone over the age of 16 can sail with the JST and they take people from all over the UK and further afield. Voyages range from a one day sails and short coastal voyages of 5 days to epic ocean passages of 28 days and more! They aim to take an equal mix of able-bodied and physically disabled crew on each trip with a maximum of 40 people on each voyage.
For most, sailing with the JST is a fantastic adventure holiday but and for many it also represents a life changing experience, affording many disabled people the opportunity to rediscover a sense of independence and freedom they may otherwise have thought out of reach. Whatever ability you are, and wherever you fancy going, JST will have the voyage for you!
Insight is grateful to Rebecca Withers, JST Publicity Manager, for the article. For more information about the Jubilee Sailing Trust and their upcoming voyages please contact them on 023 8042 6849, email or visit
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