The JST takes both disabled and able-bodied men and women to sea, to not only teach them how to crew a tall ship, but to promote equality, sharing, and to celebrate individual differences by working together to achieve greater things. Since the JST was established in 1978 over 40,000 people have sailed with us. Of these approximately 15,000 people were disabled and 5,000 wheelchair users.
A trip with the JST changes the lives of disabled people as they suddenly realise that, far from being unable to join in with everybody else, they can do everything. "I’ve seen people come home from a voyage and seem five feet taller – the experience has completely changed the way they see themselves." - Alan Titchmarsh, Vice Patron
The JST take people from all over the UK and further afield, and aim to take an equal mix of able-bodied and physically disabled crew on each trip with a maximum of 40 people on each voyage. Aboard ship, every crew member has a vital role to play irrespective of ability, disability, age, or gender. The success of each voyage depends on teamwork and working to the best of individuals’ strengths, not weaknesses. Crewing a tall ship can be a challenge for anyone, and the Jubilee Sailing Trust prove that with teamwork and understanding this challenge can be met.
They also work with Armed Forces regiments and charities to offer a rehabilitation programme, where people with life-altering injuries or experiences can gain a new sense of their abilities within their changed circumstances.
Lord Nelson and Tenacious are the only two tall ships in the world that have been purpose built to enable people of all physical and sensory abilities to take an active role in sailing. The features on board include:
- Signs in Braille
- Braille book
- Lifts between decks for wheel chair users or those with limited mobility
- Vibrator pads fitted to the bunks to alert people who are deaf or hearing impaired in the event of an emergency
- Power assisted steering or joystick assisted steering to enable those with limited mobility to easily manoeuvre the ship
- An induction loop in the mess room to assist those with hearing impairments during briefing sessions
- Wide aisles below decks
- Low level fittings
- Guidance track on deck to help blind and visually impaired crew to navigate their way around
- Speaking compass to enable blind or visually impaired voyage crew to steer the ship
- ‘Unwin’ fixing points throughout for wheelchairs in rough weather
- Bathrooms include full facilities for all physical abilities
The total cost of operating the tall ships is in the region of £2,900,000 per annum and, although around 50% of these costs are covered by income from voyage fees, the balance of running and repair costs has to be raised via events, individual donations and grants from Trusts and Foundations. Ongoing costs include sails and rigging, navigational equipment, berthing and services, medical supplies, fuel, lifesaving equipment, communication, chandlery and crew costs.
Please help, perhaps adding one of our donations (right) to your order. We’ll pass it straight on. For more information, please visit www.jst.org.uk.