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June 4, 2014

Tenacious, one of only two tall ships in the world designed and built to enable people of all physical abilities to sail side-by-side as equals, will be arriving in to Jersey in the Channel Islands on Friday 5th June.

The charity Wetwheels Jersey is supporting the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s (JST) tall ship Tenacious on her visit to the Channel Islands, lending the JST their fully accessible catamaran. As she will be anchored off of Gorey Harbour, this will allow both able-bodied and disabled voyage crew to embark and disembark the tall ship.

There will be a number of locals sailing on board Tenacious on both of her Jersey voyages – Southampton to Jersey, departing on the 1st June and Jersey to Brixham departing on the 15th June.

Jules Miller, age 37, who works for Autism Jersey, will be sailing on her first voyage with the JST.

“I met with the JST when they came to Autism Jersey this year to discuss voyages for individuals on the autism spectrum. As a support worker, this voyage will be great because it will allow me to record the entire voyage and create a slideshow and social story book as visual aides to show our Autism Jersey clients when I get back. This will get them interested and prepared for future voyages with the JST.”

The JST is hoping to work more closely with Jersey charities to help build relationships and get more local people onboard sailing.

Tenacious’ visit to Jersey is a yearly occurrence and is made all the more special because the State of Jersey helped raise the money to build her back in 1997. There will be a celebrative lunch held on board for the Lieutenant Governor of Jersey and his wife – His Excellency and Lady McColl – who will be joining the permanent crew, the JST Jersey Branch, and Wetwheels Jersey associates, on Saturday 7th June.

Allan Watts, Wetwheels Jersey, says “We’re really proud to be working with the JST and to be a part of the visit of such a magnificent ship. Wetwheels Jersey was launched last year and already she is proving a valuable resource for the many local and visiting charities that have used her so far. We share the same ethos as JST: to make the sea as accessible as possible for all people and we’re delighted that during the visit of Tenacious we will be able to demonstrate that synergy in such a practical way.“

Having spent a brilliant winter exploring the Mediterranean, Tenacious arrived back in her home port of Southampton on 27th April. After a few weeks in maintenance, Tenacious departed on the first voyage of her summer programme – sailing from Southampton to London. This programme will also see her not only visit the Channel Islands but she will also be competing in the Tall Ships Races in Europe, and taking part in the Tall Ships Regatta in the UK, during the summer months.

Tenacious was purpose-designed to combine traditional square-rig with special features that make it possible for physically disabled people, including wheelchair users, to take a full and active role in crewing the ship. The special facilities on board ensure that everybody has the opportunity to participate in all aspects of tall ship sailing. Among the bespoke features are:

•             Hearing loops
•             Wheelchair lifts between decks
•             Integrated Braille instructions
•             A joy stick for people who want to steer the ship but cannot hold a wheel
•             An audio compass for those who want to steer but cannot see.

Since the JST was established in 1978 they have taken over 40,000 sailing. Of these, approximately 15,000 people were disabled and 5,000 were wheelchair users.

There are still voyage crew spaces available on her Jersey voyages. Berths are available for both able-bodied and physically disabled people. The lower age limit is 16 and there is no upper age limit. Anyone interested in sailing with the Jubilee Sailing Trust should call +44 (0)23 8042 6849.

No sailing experience is necessary as the permanent crew will give all the training and guidance needed to get the most out of the voyage, whether that is showing a crew member how to climb the rigging, steer the ship or haul on a rope to help set the sails.

If you require any further information please call the JST Press Office on +44 (0)23 8042 6846 for more information.


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