A colourful flotilla of sail training vessels and other craft escorted Lord Nelson down Southampton water as she departed on her two-year round the world voyage (Sunday 21 October).
Lord Nelson has set off on a ten leg voyage of over 45,000 miles, crossing the equator four times, visiting six continents and 30 countries.
Lord Nelson will visit Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Durban, Kochi and Singapore, before arriving in Freemantle for the start of a tour of Australia and New Zealand. The sail-out followed a fun weekend of celebrations in Southampton for the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s volunteers and supporters.
Lord Nelson is due to arrive in Freemantle next July and after a refit, will proceed to Melbourne for a Tall Ships festival that is being organised by the Australian Sail Training Association (AUSTA), before going on to Sydney for the International Fleet Review that will commemorate the centenary of the Royal Australia Navy in October. She will then participate in Sail Training International’s Sydney to Auckland Tall Ships Regatta which will be the first international Tall Ships Race in Australasian waters.
After New Zealand, she will head off to round the famous Cape Horn and is due to arrive in Ushuaia at the heart of Terra del Fuego in February 2014. She will then visit some of the remotest communities in the world - Tristan da Cunha, St Helena and Ascension Island before arriving in Recife, known as the ‘Venice’ of Brazil.
She is due to arrive back in Southampton in August 2014 after taking in the Caribbean, North America and Iceland en route back from Brazil.
Legs cost as little as £2495. For more details about her programme visit http://jst.org.uk/sail-the-world.aspx
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About Lord Nelson
Named after Britain’s most famous disabled sailor and launched in 1986, the 55m Tall Ship Lord Nelson is the first tall ship in the world to have been built to enable physically disabled and able-bodied people to sail side by side as equals.
Special features on board the ship include wheelchair lifts between deck levels, a talking compass and a professional crew trained in the techniques of enabling people of all physical and sensory abilities to join in such activities as setting sails, navigating, steering the ship and keeping night watches.
About Sail Training International
Sail Training International is a registered charity. Its purpose is the development and education of young people of all nationalities, cultures, religions, social backgrounds and abilities through the sail training experience.
Working closely with national sail training organisations, sail training Tall Ships, and host ports, Sail Training International is the world’s leading provider of races and events, conferences and seminars, publications, research and other services to the international sail training community.
Members of Sail Training International include the national/representative sail training organisations of: Australia, Belgium, Bermuda, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, UK and USA.
The Tall Ships Races summer series is the world’s largest mass participation sailing event organised annually for young people with up to 6,000 trainees taking part this year. Sail Training International also organises other international races and regattas for Tall Ships with no age restriction.
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