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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.