The Jubilee Sailing Trust is offering one lucky person the chance to sail round the Canary Islands for a week onboard one of their square riggers

If you want to know what it was like to serve before the mast on a square rigger, you should read Alan Villiers’ chronicle of the dying days of the windjammer trade, ‘By Way of Cape Horn.’

But if you’re after the full experience, visit the Southampton International Boat Show this year and head for the Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) stand, A44. This year they are offering one lucky individual, aged over 16, the chance to join one of their square rigged training ships, Lord Nelson or Tenacious.

The winner will join the tall ship in the Canaries and spend the week exploring surrounding islands, anchoring in secluded bays and generally taking part in every aspect of life on a square rigger.

Both boats are wheelchair-friendly, having been specially designed to be suitable for both able-bodied and disabled crew, the 40 crew being composed of half of each.

Among the special design features are power-steering, wheelchair locking points on deck, lifts between decks, vibrating alarms for those with impaired hearing, Braille signs and a speaking compass with digital repeater for those with impaired sight. And there’s a well-stocked bar for those sundowners.

If your name is not the one chosen, you may still be able to go. The Jubilee Sailing Trust is offering a 15 percent discount on any voyages booked at the Southampton International Boat Show, 14-23 September, this year.