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Tallship Tenacious' decade with Jubilee Sailing Trust
Tenacious bridge
Tenacious is birthed in Southampton for its anniversary celebrations

Southampton-based charity, the Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) is celebrating the tenth anniversary of the maiden voyage of the tall ship Tenacious.

Tenacious was the largest wooden tall ship in the world built during the last century.

Its onboard facilities enable people with various physical disabilities to enjoy sailing.

Since 2000 the ship has sailed over 170,000 miles (275,000km), including six voyages across the Atlantic Ocean.

Integrated crew

Special facilities onboard Tenacious include hoists which allow wheelchair-users to be lifted up the masts.

In addition the ship's wheel can be operated by a joystick so someone with even the most limited mobility can steer the 63m (206ft) vessel.

Tenacious bridge
The bridge on Tenacious has been specially designed

Each crew is consists of roughly equal numbers of able-bodied people and those with physical disabilities.

They share the responsibilities of running the ship at sea, 24 hours a day.

Trustee Ned Neve explained: "That's where you get the integration ... when you really get to understand each other."

Of the 8,500 people who have sailed on Tenacious over the last decade, Mr Neve said: "The experience and confidence lasts the rest of their lives."

Innovative design

The idea for a new tall ship originated in the early 1990s when the trust's existing tall ship, Lord Nelson, was proving increasingly popular.

The trust received a £6m grant from the Lottery Sports Fund, as well as donations from individuals and companies.

Groups of dedicated volunteers of mixed abilities took part in the building of the vessel between 1996 and 2000 in a specially set up shipyard at Merlin Quay, Woolston, Southampton.

Because it is made of Siberian larch, and has no metal fixings, the trust says Tenacious could last for as long as 300 years.

Ned Neve said: "She is fulfilling her mission admirably well."

Anniversary celebrations

Tenacious is berthed in her home port of Southampton for the 10-year celebrations which feature a day of sailing with people who were closely involved in the building of the ship.

They include television personality Peter Snow, who is a Vice Patron of the JST, and the ship's designer Tony Castro.

Tenacious will re-enact its maiden voyage to Jersey on 2 September - the States of Jersey provided a major donation to the initial project.

There will be opportunities for members of the public to sail on Tenacious during one-day trips on the Solent during the Southampton Boat Show.




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