The JST, the UK based international sailing charity, was set up over 30 years ago to provide sailing adventures which integrate able-bodied and disabled crews of amateur sailors under the guidance of professionals, aboard their two tall ships, Tenacious and Lord Nelson. These are the only tall ships in the world purpose-designed and built to enable able-bodied and disabled sailors to sail side by side as equals.
Everyone on board has a part to play no matter what their level of experience or ability. With facilities that include wheelchair lifts between deck levels, a speaking compass and the option for joystick steering or the usual ship’s wheel, but with hydraulic power assisted steering, everybody has the chance to fully participate in the action on board.
There are currently berths available for voyages in the Canaries and the Caribbean this spring and for sailing in the UK this summer. Details of all voyages are available on the JST website at: www.jst.org.uk
The JST subsidises every place on its voyages from fundraising activities, making sailing adventures accessible to as many people as possible. Funding is also available for those who may not be able to afford the advertised brochure price. Interested individuals, both able- bodied and disabled from the age of 16 upwards, can apply for funding of up to 50% of the cost of their selected voyage. Further details are available on the Bursaries and Project Donations page on the JST website.
The JST operates a 'buddy’ system on board ship for disabled travellers who wish to have an able-bodied companion, or to take their own carer with them on a voyage. Carers would have to pay the full cost of their voyage. Information on 'buddies’ can also be found on the JST website.