Magnificent Tall Ship to berth at Whitehaven Harbour
On Sunday 6th July spectators around Whitehaven Harbour will be treated to a unique sight when the tall ship Lord Nelson sails into the city for a voyage crew changeover.
The 180 ft tall ship that is owned and operated by the Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) will dock in the town for the first time since 2000.
Lord Nelson will have sailed from Belfast, and will be taking on a new crew for a seven day voyage to Liverpool that will take in highlights that may include Northern Ireland, the Irish Republic, Scotland and the Isle of Man and a number of other fascinating destinations
Amongst the 40 voyage crew joining in Whitehaven will be local man, Greg Sadler. Greg who has spina bifida comes from Penrith and is being fully funded to sail on Lord Nelson due to a kind donation from the Lions Club of Penrith to cover the £549 needed to sail on the voyage.
The JST is a charity which promotes the integration of physically disabled and able-bodied people through the medium of tall ship sailing. It has been running for 30 years, and during that time has enriched, and in many cases changed, the lives of many thousands of people.
Dr Peter Weston, member of the Cumbria Branch of JST says, “I am delighted to see Lord Nelson here in Cumbria, she is a magnificent ship that enables people to overcome disability and experience adventure whist working alongside others.”
This year unfortunately there won’t be an opportunity for the general public to board Lord Nelson, however for those who want to get a closer look, the Cumbria branch does have some funding available to subsidise local people to sail aboard both Lord Nelson and her sister ship Tenacious. For more information on how to apply please contact Dr Peter Weston on 01697 476263 or Mary Neeson on 01539 568490.
For those between 16 and 25, the JST offers a little bit more. Their Leadership@Sea scheme offers fun, excitement and also helps personal development. It also counts as the residential element of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award scheme. If interested, there are bursaries available of up to £300.
For more information about JST, the Leadership@Sea scheme, or getting involved, go to www.jst.org.uk, or contact Paula on 02380 449108.