- PRESS RELEASE - SV Tenacious, owned and operated by the UK based international sailing charity the Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST), will be arriving in Belfast for the finale of the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge at the request of Belfast City Council, making this her first visit to the city in 5 years. Tenacious will arrive on Thursday 13th August and will be open for the public to visit right through until her departure on Sunday 16th.
Stopping off to make a guest appearance at the 4 day festival, held to celebrate the end of the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge, Tenacious will be the only ship purpose built to enable able bodied and disabled crew members to sail together as equals, demonstrating the city’s support for mixed ability sail training.
Upon arrival in Belfast we are sure to have 7 excited voyage members all of whom are residents of Belfast and 6 of whom have been sponsored by Belfast City Council to be aboard. These crew will stay on board for the remainder of Tenacious’ voyage to Dublin, but will have the opportunity to go ashore and participate in a number of various crew activities throughout their stay.
Tenacious will invite some very special guests on board during her stay, including Dr Gerard O'Hare, the BBC and representatives from Ulster Bank. The ship will also be open to members of the public on order to offer them the opportunity to see life aboard the only wooden hulled ship to be built in Britain in the last 100 years.
Tenacious, which has competed in the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge in the past will not be racing this year. En route from Southampton bound for Dublin, she is instead calling in to Belfast to demonstrate how a fully integrated, mixed ability crew of 50 can operate a 65 meter, 586 tonne tall ship with ease.