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February 3, 2014

One of a few tall ships to sail around Cape Horn since 1949, the British accessible tall ship, Lord Nelson, rounded the tip of South America at 11.48 local time on Saturday evening (1st February)

Lord Nelson embarked on her ground-breaking voyage from Auckland on Sunday 15th December. Sailing across the Pacific Ocean on an epic 60-day voyage, she will arrive in to Ushuaia in Argentina on 12th February.

In October 2012, Lord Nelson sailed from Southampton on her first ever global circumnavigation, the Norton Rose Fulbright Sail the World Challenge, a 50,000-mile, two-year voyage promoting the messages of inclusion and equality in more than 30 ports of call. She is the first accessible tall ship to have undertaken such a journey.

The ship is one of only two fully accessible tall ships in the world and is sailed by disabled and able-bodied crew. Features such as braille signage, wheelchair lifts between decks and hearing loops, hand rails and a bowsprit wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair mean a large variety of physical disabilities can be accommodated on board.

Recently being awarded the MCA/ASTO Sail Training Vessel of the Year Award 2013-2014, Lord Nelson has so far, on her Sail the World challenge, taken 659 people to sea and of these 249 were physically disabled. There are still many more legs to go of this incredible journey and she has still to visit Brazil, the Caribbean, Canada and Iceland, before returning to the UK in September, after nearly two years away.

Spaces are still available on Lord Nelson for all abilities. A range of physical disabilities can be accommodated and no previous sailing experience is required.

 


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