Australians with disabilities get chance to crew globally-unique tall ship.
Local people, including those with physical disabilities, will have the chance to crew one of the world’s most iconic tall ships (Tenacious) when she arrives in Australia this year as a result of an exciting new partnership with Sailability Victoria and Yachting Victoria.
Tenacious, which was built and is operated by the UN-accredited, Jubilee Sailing Trust, is the world’s largest operative wooden-hulled tall ship and (along with her sister ship Lord Nelson) is globally-unique in being designed and equipped specifically to be sailed by a mixed physical ability crew.
Sailability Victoria and Yachting Victoria have, this week, formally entered into an agreement with the Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) to support the ship’s visit to Australia through the promotion and celebration of the life-changing work which takes place on a voyage on Tenacious.
Harry Cator, Chairman of JST Australia, said: “This partnership will enable hundreds of local people with disabilities to sail on board this iconic, world renowned tall ship as she visits Australian waters. This is an exciting time for the Jubilee Sailing Trust globally who are internationalising their activities following our successful Sail the World challenge two years ago, which included a visit to Australia from our other ship.
“The interest and excitement of local people at the time demonstrated the powerful impact that the Jubilee Sailing Trust could have in Australia and has led to Tenacious’ upcoming visit.”
Yachting Victoria CEO Steve Walker added “We are delighted to be part of this visit by Tenacious. The spectacle of having this magnificent vessel in and around our Bay for an extended period is great in itself. The additional benefits of Victorians and especially those with a variety of disabilities having opportunities to voyage, as official crew, and to be involved, is an added bonus. We are really looking forward to the arrival”
Anyone wishing to book their voyage on Tenacious can find her programme of voyages online at www.jst.org.au or phone 0429 186 625.