Picture yourself on a week's island -hopping voyage round the Canaries onboard one of Jubilee Sailing Trust's two square-rigged sailing ships...
The Jubilee Sailing Trust is offering a special Boat Show reduction of 15% on a week’s sailing onboard one of their square-rigged sailing ships, T/S Lord Nelson and T/S Tenacious. Both ships have been specially and thoughtfully designed to allow able-bodied and disabled to crew alongside each other and sail through history.
JST tempts you with promises of spectacular coastal scenery, crystal clear Atlantic waters and warm, reliable breeze as you explore secluded islands and sheltered bays before adjourning to the boat’s bar after standing spectacular sunset watches.
T/S Lord Nelson is well known around the Canaries and T/S Tenacious, her 217ft (65m) wooden-built sistership completed last year, is fast becoming a regular feature off the Islands’ coasts. Both ships will be exploring this volcanic Atlantic archipelago between November and March, offering the perfect chance to escape the UK’s wintry climes.
The crew split is 50:50 – 20 able-bodied and 20 disabled crew – all operating under the watchful eye of ten regular crew. Special features onboard include lifts running between the flat, wide decks, fixing points and low level fittings, making these square rigger wheelchair-friendly.
There are also vibration pads, induction loops and a speaking compass for those with impaired hearing and for those with poor sight, there are bright track radar screens, tactile surfaces, Braille signs and a large digital compass readout. The helm is hydraulically power-assisted to allow anyone to take the wheel.
Experience of sailing is unnecessary but the experience itself will be unforgettable, as this report, received recently from one of the ships, shows. “Early this afternoon, a school of twelve or more dolphins escorted the ship for a good ten minutes, playing chase with each other around the bows. What a spectacular sight! The visibility is very good, the sun is shining, and there is a moderate breeze of force four. This is what sailing is all about! “
If you don’t win, you can pay for this experience. The cost of a seven-day voyage in the Canaries starts from £460 and includes transfers to and from the ships (flights not included), three square meals a day and some fabulous sailing in and around the Canary Islands. In either case, you need to be over 16 years of age but that’s the only qualification.