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nellie On 17th October 1986 STS Lord Nelson set sail on her maiden voyage and she has been changing lives ever since. In celebration of 30 years’ of challenging the norm, an anniversary ball was held in the Grand Harbour Hotel in Southampton on Friday, 21st October, Trafalgar day, to celebrate the work of the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s flagship.

Three hundred and four guests – disabled and non-disabled – gathered for a champagne reception and complimentaryphoto opportunity to kick-start the night at 7pm. The evening’s photography was provided by Max Mudie whose father, Colin, designed Lord Nelson. After a light drinks reception guests made their way into the main room for an evening of scrumptious food and fine dining, as well as fine entertainment from Cordelectra. Of course, it wouldn’t have been a JST bash if there weren’t wheelchairs everywhere, the dancefloor was a sight to behold.

Throughout the evening a silent auction was running, offering prizes such as exclusive use of Lord Nelson, an Aston Martin experience and a weekend retreat on the Isle of Wight.  Furthermore, our official airline partners, Etihad Airlines, donated two fnellie2ree return tickets to Australia for one lucky winner – congratulations to Pardy Gill (a regular voyage crew no less!) for winning the adventure of a lifetime, we hope to see him on board Tenacious when he’s there.

A special mention must be given to our inspirational speakers, Ian Rowe and Peter Hull. Ian  spoke about his inspiring cross-Atlantic rowing challenge and how, even in the face of adversity and failure, his group managed to remain as one and overcome the odds. Peter Hull, a well-known face in the JST, spoke about his JST adventures, his life as a disabled person and his achievements as a three time medal winning Paralympian.

It is estimated that over £20,000 was raised on the night to help the JST continue the ground breaking work that we do. Furthermore, however, a celebration was had of Lord Nelson’s 30th anniversary and we hope that she has many decades ahead of changing lives! Will you join us for your next adventure soon?

To Nelly!

Both pictures taken by Max Mudie, Tallshipstock.com

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