The Endeavour Fund and The Army Cadets
In late summer 2018 the Jubilee Sailing Trust was thrilled to work in partnership with the Army Cadet Force and several charities, including RBLI, to deliver the Lord Dannatt Round Britain Challenge (LDRBC): commemorating 100 years since the end of the First World War.
This poignant and high-profile event also coincided with the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s 40th anniversary and JST’s celebration of the difference we have made to over 50,000 lives through the power of shared adventure at sea.
LDRBC was delivered on board STS Lord Nelson, one of our two prestigious, specially built tall ships. Our ships provide an adaptive and enabling environment where everyone is seen and treated as equal and contributes to the best of their ability. Barriers break down, differences disappear, social bonds form and people start to appreciate the ability and potential in others. Our ships give people of mixed abilities and circumstances the freedom to explore their ability, potential and place in the world.
Lord Nelson was the perfect environment to bring together such distinct beneficiary groups to crew the ship and learn from one another on equal grounds
A total of 78 cadets aged 16 – 24 alongside 43 wounded, injured and sick veterans, 2 Army Cadet Force support staff and 2 additional voluntary Watch Leaders sailed over the four voyages, changing crews at each capital city visited. The final crew member was a Tommy silhouette kindly donated by There But Not There.
“I have made many new friends and even more memories that I will hold for a life time! We started in Cardiff as 30 odd individuals and within only a few days, we were like one big family. After some early morning chats and some late night chats (with a couple of tears) not only have I learnt about the veterans and other cadets that I was sailing with, I have learnt a lot about myself as a person!” Taran
“This challenge shows the work that the JST do and that some small adaptions can allow a whole range of diverse people to come together. It also taught me new things about myself like that I can make new friends and that I can push my comfort zone because there is no development in the comfort zone and I’m thankful for this opportunity.” Niamh