JST Plans First Voyage Around The Globe

22 December 2011

JST Plans First Voyage Around The Globe

Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST),  the world’s only tall ship operator and charity to have vessels specifically designed to accommodate disabled people including wheelchair users, has announced its plans to enter Sail Training International’s Sydney 100 Tall Ships Regatta 2013 as part of its first around the globe voyage.

The planning process for the 18 month voyage which creates an unprecedented opportunity for physically disabled people to explore the world from the decks of a square-rigged sailing ship, is well underway with the help of Thomas Gunn Navigation Services following a donation of a complete set of world routing charts.

The JST ship will leave the UK next winter and follow the route of the old trading square-riggers, arriving in Australia in time to represent the UK during the International Fleet Review of the Royal Australian Navy, in October 2013. The JST ship will then take part in the Tall Ships race from Sydney to Auckland.

“No other country operates a tall ship that can accommodate disabled people, including wheelchair users, to the extent of the specifically designed and purpose-built JST vessels,” explains Andy Spark, Ship Operations Manager, Jubilee Sailing Trust.

“While the concept of sailing a tall ship around the world with novices on board is not new, this circumnavigation brings new meaning to the idea that ‘everybody’ can experience crossing the oceans on a square-rigged sailing ship. The ethos of the JST is to integrate people of all physical abilities, so at any one time, around 50% of the voyage crew will be able-bodied and the other 50% will be disabled. To accommodate a range of disabilities, the JST ship features lifts for wheelchair users, an audio compass for the visually impaired and a hearing loop for the hearing impaired. We also hope that groups in the ports of call will charter the ship during her visit to their country as an unprecedented opportunity for their disabled nationals.

JST has been in operation for nearly 35 years and in that time has taken 36,000 people to sea including 14,000 people with physical disabilities and 5,000 wheelchair users. The aim of the charity is to promote integration between able bodied and physically disabled men and women through the adventure of tall ship sailing. The progress of the voyage can be followed at www.jst.org.uk.

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