How it began
The JST was founded in 1978 through the extraordinary vision of a dedicated group of people working against the odds to make their dream a reality.
Our co-founder, Christopher Rudd, first began working with disabled children by teaching them to sail in dinghies. He believed that most of the constraints that prevented them sailing further offshore were artificial and could be overcome. He also believed that if disabled and non-disabled people were to sail alongside each other, it would help break down the prejudices and misunderstandings between different social groups. His vision was to use thoughtful design and equipment to create a fully accessible ship to be crewed by a mixed ability crew.
Through the partnership between Christopher and his co-founder Dr Tony Hicklin, and backed by the fundraising efforts and invaluable support of our former Chairman Francis Cator and former President The Hon Jacquetta Cator, the JST was formed and STS Lord Nelson was built.
After the launch of Lord Nelson, the JST grew from strength to strength, and demand for berths on voyages began to outstrip supply. With this in mind, in 1993 Lindsey Neve, then Director of the JST, made it her aim to fundraise for the build of a second ship. Later that year, naval architect Tony Castro was commissioned to design SV Tenacious. Many of the volunteers who helped build her, working alongside professional shipwrights, still sail the ship today.