Accessible Tall Ship Sailing Adventures
Life Changing Adventures For All
6 fantastic reasons to sail with the JST...
Going aloft, helming, setting sails - a voyage with us offers hands-on adventure.
Here at the JST we are used to accommodating sailors of all abilities. Whether you are a tall ship enthusiast, fair-weather sailor or have never stepped on board a ship, the JST is perfect for you. We offer a range of voyages from epic passages, to day sails in local waters for a taste of life at sea.
Discover some incredible stories of bravery and courage… On a JST voyage you will be sailing alongside people in wheelchairs, those with visual and hearing impairments and other disabilities. By throwing yourself into this diverse team you will learn an incredible amount about your perception of what’s possible, both within yourself and within other people.
Work together and improve your life skills. There is something truly magical about sailing under the power of the elements alongside your fellow voyage crew. On a voyage with us you will learn the value of communication, the genuine need for each person to play their part in the team and the significance of leadership skills in a pressurised but fulfilling environment.
Explore the planet from the decks of a magnificent tall ship. A voyage with the JST is the very definition of adventure. From Tenacious’ overseas odyssey to the South Pacific and Australia, to Lord Nelson’s European Tall Ships Races in Gothenburg and Lisbon, there is no better way to discover the hidden corners of our planet Earth.
From exotic birds to brilliant beasts, you can see them all. There really is nothing like seeing the wonders of the natural world. Imagine dolphins skipping playfully alongside the ship, or an albatross gliding overhead - you will have the opportunity to experience wildlife in a truly unique way. All of this and more is possible on board a JST voyage.
The camaraderie of ship life means firm friendships are formed. On our tall ships you will meet some remarkable people. Trainee voyage crew from all walks of life are brought together to experience a unique adventure, and these people become your ‘family’ while on board. You will laugh, sail, explore, learn and discover…together. You will be sure to make friends for life.
About the Jubilee Sailling Trust
The Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) is a globally-unique, UN-accredited not-for-profit which utilises the adventure of tall ship sailing to unlock human potential and break down barriers between people of different circumstances especially between people with physically disability and those without.
The JST has designed and built two special purpose tall ships (Lord Nelson and Tenacious) which include features not seen on other vessels so crew members with disability and those without can work together side-by-side. There are no passengers and no restrictions. In this way, a JST voyage provides a unique environment where disability is not a factor and those with disability can operate as equals, where everyone comes together to work as a single team.
This shared adventure and teamwork, in a structured environment, quickly breaks down barriers between people who may not have previously interacted and changes perceptions of what is humanly possible. The JST has received the rare honour of being accredited by the United Nations for the charity’s tireless work on disability and inclusion and support for the UN’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The JST is now part of an extremely select group of just 254 accredited charities and NGOs around the world. Since the early days, the JST has provided never-to-forget adventures to almost 45,000 people, including: 5,548 wheelchair users; 1,899 people who are blind; 547 amputees; 1,671 with cerebral palsy; and 1,295 with hearing impairment A voyage with the JST is about joining in and getting involved in all aspects of sailing the ship, regardless of your physical ability. Whether you are a tall ship enthusiast, fair-weather sailor or complete beginner - we welcome everyone. Don’t worry if you haven’t sailed before - most people step on board Tenacious with no experience of sailing a tall ship, so you won’t be alone! Our permanent crew will support you through all the tasks involved with sailing the ship.
Since its inception in 1978 the Jubilee Sailing Trust has strived to enable people of all physical abilities to sail. In the early 1990’s it was becoming clear that the mission was becoming increasingly popular. The Jubilee Sailing Trust’s ship Lord Nelson, commissioned and specifically designed for the trust, was unable to continue to supply the growing demand.
With this in mind Lindsey Neve, then director of the JST made it her aim to fundraise for the build of a new ship. A new committee was set up comprising six members of whom five were volunteers.
In July 1995, the National Lottery awarded the trust 65% of the estimated cost of such a large project. Initial funding secured, the project got fully underway.
After extensive research and negotiations, the new ship committee chose Merlin Quay, a site that included an old office block. The site was renamed Jubilee Yard.
Now funding was in place, Tony Castro’s design JST/02 which took over 2½ years to fully complete (and at one point involved 25 people working from four offices to complete all the drawings), could get underway.
On the 6th of June 1996 HRH The Duke of York hammered golden rivets into Siberian Larchwood during the “keel laying ceremony” and work could officially begin.
The timber frames used to construct the hull were first cut in Aug 1996, whilst work began on the old office block the JST acquired. The building was to be transformed into accommodation for volunteers who would stay for “Shorewatch” holidays and offices for the JST. During their stay volunteers of all physical abilities enjoyed helping the shipwrights in the construction of the ship.
Constructed upside down, the wooden hull was finally turned the right way up on the 23rd October 1998 in an extravagant ceremony with The Duke of York. The turning process involved fitting large circular turning clamps to the hull and took just over one hour.
With the hull the correct way up, fitting out the interior of the vessel could begin. Prefabricated sections were put in place, including the fixed bunks designed to be wider on the bottom bunk to enable wheelchair users easier access.
On Thursday the 3rd of February 2000 Tenacious was ready to leave the yard, and to a great many people it was an emotional day. Crowds gathered to get a glimpse of Tenacious as she saw daylight for the first time. Transporters drove the ship towards the barge which was to send Tenacious into her natural element. The following day tug boats took Tenacious to Vosper Thornycroft to have the masts and yards fitted.
On the 6th of April 2000 Tenacious was officially named in a ceremony attended by HRH The Duke of York.
Tenacious sailed on her maiden voyage 1,548 days after her keel was laid, on 1st September 2000 from Southampton to Southampton calling at Sark, St Helier and Weymouth. She has been delivering freedom, fun and adventure for everyone ever since.
Cairns to Brisbane
18 Oct to 29 Oct (12 days)
Board Tenacious from Cairns, known as the entrance to the Great Barrier Reef, and follow the Reef down to Brisbane sailing down the spectacular Queensland coastline. You will be sure to see lots of unique sea life either side of the reef. We won’t know which side we will be sailing on until we know what the wind is doing, but we either way we can expect some brilliant sailing and plenty to see.
Sydney to Melbourne
11 Nov to 19 Nov (9 days)
$2,221 (plus GST) TNS 500
Celebrate Tenacious’ 500th Voyage!
Join the JST Australia for an extra-special adventure as Tenacious takes to the seas for the 500th time!
This memorable 9-day adventure will be a prime opportunity to spot the Southern Humpbacks as they migrate to the Antarctic feeding grounds for the summer. We may also have the chance to visit the Orca Museum at Eden, or perhaps a sheltered night in the beautiful Refuge Cove on Wilson Promontory.
A 9-day voyage is considered the perfect time away to fully experience life at sea and a JST adventure. Life-changing experiences and challenges await – plus a lot of fun!
Melbourne Round Trip
20 Nov to 26 Nov (7 days)
Climb on board Tenacious for this exciting week-long adventure following the channels of global seafarers to The Rip and explore the full delights of the waters around Melbourne. Depending on which way the wind is blowing, we hope to voyage on toward Phillip Island, French Island or out toward Flinders Island (where west-to-east winds attract yachtsmen from around the world).
Melbourne to Auckland
2 Dec to 21 Dec (20 days)
$4935 (plus GST) TNS502
Get a taste of life at sea on our fabulous ship Tenacious! Harness the power of wind and ocean as you sail from Australia to New Zealand the traditional way. This is the opportunity of a lifetime, blue water sailing out of sight of land, experiencing the passage tall ships were made to sail. Along with the variety of marine life you’ll encounter on this longer passage voyage across the Tasman Sea, you’ll experience the routines of the ship, learn new skills like celestial navigation, and form deep and lifelong friendships. While you enjoy the rhythms of wind and waves as you settle into life with your watch and the routines of the ship. Enjoy putting your new skills to the test in this challenging blue water crossing, and feel the satisfaction when you get your first sight of Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud.