Thanks to a local fundraising initiative launched by the Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST), residents of Norfolk have the opportunity to experience life onboard the global sailing charity’s tall ship, Tenacious, this September.

The Norfolk Berth Appeal, a fundraising programme set up by the JST and its supporters, aims to provide life-changing experiences for disabled and non-disabled people in the county. The fund has now subsidised an incredible 10-day sailing adventure from Lowestoft this autumn.

The voyage, which will leave Lowestoft on 17th September and finish in Portland, Dorset, on 26th September, is one of the many inclusive voyages offered by the charity, giving people of mixed abilities and circumstances the freedom to explore their ability and potential at sea.

For Norfolk residents this voyage will be completely funded. Instead of contributing towards a voyage fee, all who sail will be asked to fundraise in aid of the Norfolk Berth Appeal – so more Norfolk residents will be able to take advantage of similar fantastic opportunities in the future.

Sailing aboard the charity’s tall ship, voyage-goers will travel down the beautiful East Coast of Southern England into the English Channel, past the white cliffs of Dover and into the iconic Solent prior to disembarking in Portland. Every member of the inclusive crew will have the opportunity to helm the ship, climb the mast, set sails and much more.

JST Chief Executive Patrick Fleming, said: “We are thrilled to be offering this voyage along the stunning British coastline for Norfolk residents.

“The Norfolk Berth Appeal was launched so we could offer an unforgettable experience for local residents of all abilities, and thanks to the continued support of our donors, we have been able to do just that.”

The Hon Jacquetta Cator, former JST President, and her husband and former JST Chairman Francis Cator helped set up the Norfolk Berth Appeal in 2015. The Cator family were integral in the formation of the charity and have provided the JST with ongoing support throughout their 44-year history.

The JST charity offers people of all abilities the opportunity to climb aboard its tall ship Tenacious for an immersive sailing experience and relies on funding from the public. Since its founding in 1978 the Jubilee Sailing Trust has welcomed more than 50,000 people on board.

Impacted by significantly reduced income for the last two years, the charity is currently appealing to its supporters so it can raise £1.2 million by the end of September 2022 so it can continue to fund existing ship and shore operational activities.

To donate to the campaign, please visit https://jst.org.uk/crc-donation/

And to find out more about the voyage from Lowestoft to Portland, visit: https://jst.org.uk/voyage/lowestoft-to-portland.