A tall ship designed and built to enable people of all physical abilities to sail side by side as equals is coming to Jersey.
Tenacious will be docked in Pontoon 5 and open to the public from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday 14 September.
The afternoon has been organised to appeal to families – children will be able to see what it would be like on board a pirate’s ship with treasure and stocks. As well as looking around, Islanders will be able to find out how they can sign up to become crew.
Tenacious and Lord Nelson, the world’s only two tall ships designed to have a crew of mixed physical ability, are both owned and operated by the Jubilee Sailing Trust. The trust’s mission is:
- to overcome prejudices and misconceptions about disability amongst able-bodied people
- to enable people with a disability to show to themselves and to others what they are really capable of when the environment is designed to be inclusive.
The Jersey Branch raises money to enable the charity to continue and to encourage islanders of all physical abilities to get involved
Tom Hill, chairman of the trust’s Jersey branch, said: “We hope that people come along, donate a little money and have a great look around, but we also hope to inspire people to think about becoming crew.
“Thanks to the fantastic financial support that we receive, particularly from the Lloyds TSB Foundation for the Channel Islands, we are able to help Islanders become crew on voyages that are life-changing experiences for many people. I hope that people come along and talk to us about how they can get involved.”
The Jersey branch of the charity was involved in raising a significant proportion of the funds needed to deck out Tenacious when she was first built, and continues to raise funds to support the charity and Islanders who want to sail.
The Lloyds TSB Foundation is legally independent of the Lloyds TSB Group and an independent board of trustees determines the policies. The Chairman of the local foundation is Jurat Stephen Jones and the Executive Director is John Hutchins.
Mr Hutchins said: “I hope that people of all physical abilities are inspired to get involved. The Jubilee Sailing Trust gives people an opportunity to do something extraordinary, and I am delighted that the Lloyds TSB Foundation for the Channel Islands can help people take a step towards achieving that.”