- PRESS RELEASE - The Jubilee Sailing Trust had a girly day on Friday 18th September when their tall ship Tenacious played host to members of Women in Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) for their annual conference and Mary Estell, who will be collecting her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, Queens Scout award AND Queens Guides award all in the same night.
Girly enough you might think.
But it doesn’t stop there. While both events were dominated by women so was the permanent crew who took bringing Tenacious into Canary Wharf on Thursday 17th September. 4 of the 8 crew members will be female, including the Captain of the ship Cpt. Barbara Campbell.
WISTA conference this year is based around achieving diversity through corporate and social responsibility and it’s felt that the work of Jubilee Sailing Trust reflects this.
Amanda Butcher, CEO of Jubilee Sailing Trust will be appearing as a speaker at the event which takes place on Thursday 17th September. While on Friday a group of delegates from across the globe will be heading down to Canary Wharf for a tour of Tenacious and lunch on board.
In the evening around 40 guests descended on Tenacious at 19:00. All were invited to take a tour of the ship before the awards ceremony started at 20:00.
Mary has succeeded in achieving her Gold Duke of Edinburgh award, her Queen’s Scout award and her Queen’s Guide award, all of which she will be receiving on the night. Amanda Butcher, CEO of Jubilee Sailing Trust- the charity that owns and operate Tenacious, and Anne Penman – County Commissioner of London and North West, will be presenting the honours.
Mary sailed with Jubilee Sailing Trust from Antigua to Bermuda in 2007 on board Tenacious. Spending time away from home as part of a tall ship voyage crew, the trip gained her the residential part of all three awards. This was one of her reasons for returning to the ship for her special night.
Amanda Butcher, CEO of Jubilee Sailing Trust explains “To gain any one of the awards takes a huge amount of time, commitment and self discipline. Mary has worked extremely hard for a number of years to attain all three and it’s so important to recognise this enormous achievement. The Jubilee Sailing Trust was delighted when Mary chose to undertake some of her projects with us and we are very proud to have hosted the awards ceremony on board.”