On the front cover of the May 2014 edition of Sea Breezes we were delighted to feature the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s STS Lord Nelson and indeed this charity founded in 1978 by a Queens Silver Jubilee Grant has had an exciting and successful year.
In August the National Lottery Awards recognised JST as Sports Charity of the Year. In September the STS Lord Nelson returned to the UK to celebrate the first ever circumnavigation of the world by a fully accessible square rig tall ship after completing the 50,000 nautical mile ‘Norton Rose Fulbright Sail the World Challenge’.
Also in September, Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, visited JST’s Tenacious to meet the crew – both able-bodied and disabled – and be shown the special purpose designed facilities that make Tenacious one of only a few vessels available to all physical abilities in the sailing world. These special facilities include:
- Hearing loops
- Wheelchair lift between decks
- Integrated Braille instructions
- A joystick for people who want to steer the ship, but cannot hold a wheel
- An audio compass for those who want to steer, but cannot see.
The charity recently appointed a new Chief Executive, Duncan Souster. Souster is a lifelong sailor and has grown up living with disability in his family.