- PRESS RELEASE - One of the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s specially built Tall Ships is currently taking part in the Tall Ships Races.
SV Tenacious is unique as it is the only Tall Ship taking part that has been purpose built to enable disabled and able-bodied people to crew side by side. The ship (along with JST’s other Tall Ship – Lord Nelson) has a variety of special features and modifications in order for physically disabled people to be able to fully participate in all aspects of crewing the ship. Such features include widened decks and lifts between decks for wheelchair users, a speaking compass to enable the blind or visually impaired to navigate, power assisted steering wheels for those with limited strength and signs in Braille.
The mixed ability crew will race across the North Sea, visiting four ports along the way in Belgium, Denmark, Norway and the UK. The races last for a month; between 10 July and 10 August, with the fleet of Tall Ships able to enjoy the culture of the cities they visit and each others’ friendship as well as some healthy competition!
The fleet’s arrival in Hartlepool marks both the end of the Tall Ships Races and the first time Hartlepool has been a host port for the event. After stopping over in Hartlepool, Tenacious will be heading to London on a 7 day voyage.
- Tenacious will be docked in Hartlepool from Saturday 7th August.
- A media call will be held on board the ship between 10.30am and 1pm on Monday 9th August with earlier or later media opportunities available on request.