Please select your home edition
Edition
T Clewring - Cruising

Lord Nelson to take part in Melbourne Int'l Tall Ships Festival

by Heather Ewing on 3 Sep 2013
Lord Nelson .. .
55-metre Lord Nelson, square rigger operated by UK charity, the Jubilee Sailing Trust, has set sail from Adelaide bound for Melbourne, where she will take part in the Melbourne International Tall Ships Festival 2013.

Lord Nelson is designed and built to allow disabled and able bodied people to sail the ship together. Features include braille signage, wheelchair lifts between decks, hearing loops and a speaking compass, as well as a bowsprit wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair, allowing everyone on board to have their ‘King of the World’ moment at the very front of the ship.

The unique tall ship has been invited to take part in the RAN International Fleet Review in Sydney next month and as part of her first ever visit to Australia is calling into ports en route to Sydney harbour.

Having already visited Fremantle, Albany, and Adelaide, from where she set sail this morning, Lord Nelson is due to arrive in Port Philip Bay on Friday and will come alongside at Seaworks in Williamstown on the morning of Saturday 7 September to participate in the Melbourne International Tall Ships Festival 2013. During her week-long visit she will be open to the public at Seaworks.

The invitation from the Royal Australian Navy was the catalyst for Lord Nelson’s departure from the UK last October on the first ever circumnavigation of the globe by an accessible tall ship. The two-year, 50,000-mile Norton Rose Fulbright Sail the World Challenge will see the ship call in to more than 30 ports on six continents and round three Great Capes; she has already sailed around the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa and Cape Leeuwin in Australia. Early next year she will round the infamous Cape Horn at the very tip of South America.

The voyage is carrying the message of equality and inclusion to every port of call. Norton Rose Fulbright, which has five offices in Australia including one in Melbourne, is supporting this inaugural world voyage under their banner of 'All abilities. All aboard.' The global legal practice supports the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s values of diversity, inclusion and integration.

Crew are paired up in a buddy system and work together to support each other during their time at sea. The minimum age is 16 and there is no upper age limit. Everyone works to his or her ability and the ship’s ethos is to focus on what people can do, rather than what they can’t.

Joining the ship in South Australia for the five-day voyage from Adelaide to Melbourne are ten staff from Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. The financial institution is making the most of Lord Nelson’s visit to Australia to enable their staff to take advantage of a unique team-building opportunity.

Change Manager Sharnie Curnow has joined the crew in Adelaide and said, 'I’m so excited to be able to crew the Lord Nelson on her voyage to Melbourne working with such a diverse team.'

She added, 'It’s really a credit to my employer Bendigo and Adelaide Bank to offer such unique team building opportunity like this, although I have to admit, I’ve got plenty of seasickness tablets packed!'

A limited number of berths are still available for disabled and abled bodied people from across Australia to join Lord Nelson on the voyage from Sydney to Auckland and wider availability during her forthcoming visit to New Zealand. For more information, including voyage dates and availability, visit www.jst.org.uk, email info@jst.org.uk or call 03 9981 3312 in Australia.

As well as Lord Nelson, the Jubilee Sailing Trust operates a second accessible tall ship, Tenacious, and more than 37,000 people have sailed with the organisation since it was founded in 1978, 14,000 of whom are physically disabled, including 5,000 wheelchair users.

Lord Nelson will be berthed at Seaworks, Williamstown, for the duration of the Melbourne International Tall Ships Festival 2013

Public open days: Members of the public can visit the ship during the festival. Lord Nelson will be open from 10am to 4pm daily, with the exception of Thursday 12 September. Piers are open to the public to view all the ships taking part until 10pm every evening.

InSunSport - NZZhik Isotak Ocean 660x82Hood Sails

Related Articles

Reducing weight aloft with composite backstays
Reducing weight aloft is one of the most cost effective ways of increasing your boat speed and performance. Reducing weight aloft is one of the most cost effective ways of increasing your boat speed and performance. Every kilogram you take out of the rig is roughly equivalent to 4kg added to the bottom of your keel!
Posted on 26 Jul
Bavaria STYLE 46 Australian Premiere at Sydney International Boat Show
For everyone who appreciates luxury on the water, the STYLE package is now available for the Cruiser 46 and Cruiser 51?. For everyone who appreciates luxury on the water, the STYLE package is now available for the Cruiser 46 and Cruiser 51?. Making the most of your time on board, be it with family or friends, is becoming more important. Yacht owners want certain levels of comfort and an onboard living experience coupled with versatility.
Posted on 26 Jul
What to look for when buying a modern lifejacket
There is no doubt that modern lifejacket design has changed considerably. There is no doubt that modern lifejacket design has changed considerably and one of the biggest drivers of this change has been due to personal ownership. Rather than crew relying on lifejackets being on-board a boat, they want to own their own lifejacket as part of their kit bag.
Posted on 25 Jul
The New Bavaria Cruiser 34 - you won't believe this is a 34' yacht!
The Sydney International Boat Show sees the World Premiere of the Bavaria Cruiser 34 - 2 Cabin version. The Sydney International Boat Show sees the World and Australian Premiere of the Bavaria Cruiser 34 - 2 Cabin version. The new Cruiser 34 offers more space and more comfort than ever before with a bigger cockpit, dual helms and ergonomically designed seating. This is the first time the entry level Bavaria cruiser has been offered in twin helm!
Posted on 19 Jul
Navathome Australia brings RYA Theory to your door
The RYA Cruising Syllabus has been built up over years of best practice development in Sail and Power Boat skippering. The Royal Yachting Association Cruising Syllabus has been built up over years of best practice development in Sail and Power Boat skippering. Split into a theory and practical syllabus the training modules take you in steps from a Start Yachting orientation through to Yachtmaster for either power or sail.
Posted on 5 Jul
Free $US3,000 Carbon Vang with SouthernFurl boom orders in July
Southern Spars is giving a free carbon vang - valued at US$3,000 - with SouthernFurl in-boom furlers ordered in July Southern Spars is giving away a free carbon vang - valued at US$3,000 - with all of their SouthernFurl in-boom furlers ordered in July. Carbon gas vangs make a great addition to the furling boom package, though if you’d prefer to keep your existing one, Southern Spars will offer you a 5% discount on the price of your boom instead.
Posted on 29 Jun
Newport Bermuda Race - High Noon takes honours
As the Newport Bermuda Race fleet rushed to the finish line on Monday in the wake of the first-to-finish boat, As the Newport Bermuda Race fleet rushed to the finish line on Monday in the wake of the first-to-finish boat, the powerful 100-foot grand prix Comanche, to the surprise of many they were led by an unusual boat and crew. High Noon, at 41 feet, is fully 59 feet shorter than Comanche and tens of feet shorter than many other entries.
Posted on 22 Jun
Platino recovery - Family confirms that tug has made rendezvous
Reports in social media say a salvage tug has made a rendezvous with the Platino earlier than expected. Reports in social media by family and friends of Nick Saull, the crew member killed during a catastrophic incident abroad the 66ft yacht Platino say the salvage tug which left on Tuesday night has made the rendezvous earlier than expected. The Facebook report says the tug, Sea Pelican, arrived on Friday morning, the weather in the area has eased and with a more favorable outlook.
Posted on 16 Jun
Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron to ban bottled water
Approval has been given to create a ban on bottled water that comes in plastic containers. The RQYS Management Committee has confirmed that approval has been given to create a ban on bottled water that comes in plastic containers. This will place the club as a leader in environmental impact management in Australia and around the world. The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club earlier this year did likewise. Who’s next?
Posted on 16 Jun
Platino recovery operation well underway as crew arrive in Auckland
An ocean-going tug has left Whangarei to locate and attempt to salvage the luxury yacht Platino An ocean-going tug left Whangarei late on Tuesday night to locate and attempt to salvage the luxury yacht Platino which has been abandoned 550km NE of New Zealand. Weather dependent, we could reach Platino by Saturday and have the yacht and body of the person on board back in New Zealand early next week,” says Inspector Graham of the NZ Police.
Posted on 16 Jun