Long awaited adventures are in store for those taking to the seas on charity-funded placements next week.

Global sailing charity, the Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST), has offered 80 fully paid for places onboard its tall ship Tenacious as part of its collaboration with the easyJet founder’s Stelios Philanthropic Foundation.

The 80 spaces, offered over two voyages, were originally meant to set sail in 2020 with expeditions to the Mediterranean. However, due to the Covid pandemic, the voyages have been on hold for more than two years.

But now, the wait is over and the keen voyage crew are ready to go but staying much closer to home, starting and ending near Portsmouth’s historic dockyard. All sailing ship voyage destinations are dependant on the direction and strength of the wind and Tenacious will be sailing along the world famous Jurassic coast, visiting France or the Channel Islands – wherever adventure awaits!

The JST has offered the placements onboard Tenacious – the only tall ship in the world designed to be sailed by a mixed-ability crew – as part of a collaboration with the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation.

The partnership between the JST and the Stelios Foundation is a unique programme, aimed at delivering voyages to people looking to build life and leadership skills, character and confidence – with particular focus for people facing challenges or limitations in their life.

“After a frustrating two years where the Covid pandemic forced a stop to all our activity it’s great to be back doing what we do best! Our voyages are at the heart of what we do and we’re thrilled to see Tenacious back out on the water where she belongs, offering life-changing experiences that are accessible to everyone. We are thrilled to be working with The Stelios Philanthropic Foundation and Sir Stelios and our missions are well aligned. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone onboard!” said Tanya Knowlton, Head of Commercial Income Jubilee Sailing Trust.

Sir Stelios added; “I’m passionate about sailing – even more so where there are opportunities to be found for those who previously had to pass up on this fantastic sport for personal reasons. The JST project fills that brief perfectly. I wish her crew and support staff the very best of weather and seas. Bon voyage!”

The JST charity offers people of all abilities ages and backgrounds the opportunity to join the tall ship Tenacious for an immersive sailing experience, The JST, which has a base in Ocean Village, Southampton, is entirely reliant on public funding and was hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The JST’s Covid Recovery Campaign aims to raise £1.2 million by the end of September 2022 so it can continue to operate Tenacious for the benefit of all who sail with us.

For more information about JST and the Covid Recovery Campaign, please visit: https://jst.org.uk/crc-donation/

The Stelios Philanthropic Foundation is a charity that offers various opportunities to young people, including scholarships to schools and universities and opportunities to support entrepreneurship. It’s mission statement is to support philanthropic activities primarily in places where the founder has lived and worked: the UK, Greece, Cyprus and Monaco.  It supports entrepreneurship with cash prizes to stimulate economic grow and job creating – in the UK Stelios Awards for Disabled Entrepreneurs, Greece Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Cyprus the bi-communal awards.  It operates a programme called Food from the Heart offering approx. 100,00 snacks a month to people in need through 12 distribution points in Cyprus and Greece.   Its Founder and owner is best known for creating easyJet in 1995 and thereafter the easy family of brands https://easy.com/.