In the light of the escalating current coronavirus (Covid-19) situation I wanted to update and reassure you that the health and wellbeing of the JST onshore and offshore staff, voyage crew and volunteers is our utmost priority.

We do not have any reported cases of the virus amongst either our voyage crew and staff on board our tall ship SV Tenacious or our shore-based team.

We are in daily contact with the ship, which has recently left Antigua on her 35-day passage voyage to its intended destination of Piraeus, Greece on 12 April.

Whilst this remains the plan, we are of course reviewing the situation daily with our contacts in Greece and in line with Foreign Office guidance, and are considering contingency plans.

At all times we put safety first and we are taking all necessary steps to minimise any potential threat from Covid-19.

We are adopting the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) standard recommendations, which include hand and respiratory hygiene. Further safety measures for future voyages are being put in place.  For example, we will be checking temperatures of all voyage crew, prior to allowing them to board.

In the coming days, we will be in contact with all voyage crew who are booked onto upcoming voyages. We know this is an unsettling time and aim to respond to your queries as best we can. But we also ask you to bear with us as the situation continues to change on a daily basis.

Finally – and most importantly – we hope all of our supporters are staying well in the current circumstances, wherever you are in the world.

Patrick Fleming

CEO, Jubilee Sailing Trust