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Local Twins Take Off on a Tall Ship Adventure
Naomi and Sarah Clark from Radcliffe on Trent are setting off on the adventure of a lifetime aboard a unique tall ship.
The sisters will be joining the crew of Tenacious for a voyage starting from Southampton, Tenacious’ home port, on 23 August, and returning there on 29th.
Naomi and Sarah will be joining a crew of up to 40 other amateurs on board Tenacious which is owned and operated by Southampton based charity, Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST). The ship is one of only two in the world that has been designed and built to enable able bodied and disabled people 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.
The girls are experienced dinghy sailors and found out about the Jubilee Sailing Trust from a visit to the Southampton Boat Show in September 2009 where they stepped on board the Lord Nelson, the Trust’s first tall ship.
Naomi who is studying Food Science and Nutrition at Nottingham University and Sarah who is a trainee accountant, will both be participating in the JST Youth Leadership at Sea Scheme whilst on the voyage.
The girls say the following of their nautical adventure; “We knew we would relish the challenges of life on board a tall ship, enabling us to develop our leadership and communication skills, have lots of fun whilst experiencing teamwork and problem solving activities. Ultimately, we believe we would gain a great sense of achievement from the voyage and a life fulfilling experience.”
On her return, Tenacious will turn 10 years’ old on September 1 and there will be a number of weekend day trips that month to celebrate this milestone. Details of these trips are available on the JST website.