The voyages offered can last from one day to sixty-five days, and the ships are extremely well-adapted for disabled people, including those who are blind or wheelchair bound. The Lord Nelson and the built-for-purpose Tall Ship Tenacious are the only two ships in the world that are accessible to people of all physical abilities – people in wheelchairs can even go up the mast or steer the ship, if they wish to do so. We have had the good fortune to go aboard Tenacious and experience her wonder; she is truly a beautiful ship.
The phrase ‘able by ability, not disabled by disability’ has been used recently by Gavin Hageman in the Oxford mail and it is definitely apt where the JST is concerned, with both disabled and able-bodied people working together as part of a team and jobs being allocated to everybody. A wide variety of life skills are taught aboard a JST ship, creating benefits that last a lifetime.
So far, the National Lottery has spent over £6million on helping the JST, including providing the funding used to build Tenacious. The JST have been selected once again as one of 7 finalists in the Sports Category in the National Lottery Awards. There’s no denying that they are truly worthy winners, so if you would like to vote for them please follow this link: http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/jubilee-sailing-trust - and don’t forget to spread the word!