For those looking for a new challenge in the new year, a Southampton-based sailing charity is offering ‘Big Weekends’ onboard its flagship, Tenacious.

Global sailing charity, the Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) has announced five special weekends in February and March designed for anyone wanting to experience what it’s like on board a tall ship.

Budding sailors will have the chance to work with the JST’s permanent crew and its volunteers while learning new skills and making new friends.

Starting in Portland Harbour, situated in the heart of the world-famous Jurassic Coast, participants will spend the weekend aboard in Weymouth Bay. There will be speakers and team challenges, a chance to learn all about the JST and an opportunity to climb the rigging. And, weather permitting, the ship may even venture further afield.

The JST’s mission is to offer people of mixed abilities the opportunity to explore their potential at sea – all ages, backgrounds and abilities, so for anyone who may require assistance, or is lacking confidence at any time, the charity’s permanent crew and volunteers will be on hand to help.

Speaking from JST’s Southampton headquarters Chief Executive Patrick Fleming, said: “We are thrilled to be offering these Big Weekends in addition to our normal schedule of voyages this year.

“Here at the JST we take pride in removing barriers and enabling people of all abilities and backgrounds to not only experience what life is like on Tenacious, but also to be able to take an active role on board.”

JST’s five Big Weekends will take place in February and March, with the initial weekend experience taking place from 3rd February.

For more information about getting involved in this snapshot of what a longer voyage may be like, and to book tickets, click here.