Please select your home edition
Edition
Bavaria Cruiser 34 728x90

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.

Harken AUS HL Snatch Block 660x82Sail Exchange 660x82 Used SailsMondo Travel - Americas Cup Tour 13855

Related Articles

Ayr, Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays to meet Cyclone Debbie
Having intensified to a Cat4 TC now, Debbie is expected to hit during the course of Monday night and into Tuesday mornin Having intensified to a Cat3 TC now and Cat4 when it will make landfall, Debbie is expected to hit during the course of Monday night and into Tuesday morning (0400hrs). Thus far, there have been police enforced evacuations around Ayr, as it is expected that this will be the biggest event since the all-powerful TC5 Yasi hit back in 2011. There are also reports of residents refusing to leave
Posted on 26 Mar
X-Yachts advisory board announces ambitious strategy plan
X-Yachts now has three unique and different ranges. All three lines will be further developed and refined. Catering for a complete cross section of sailors prioritising Superb Sailing Pleasure, X-Yachts now has three unique and different ranges. All three lines will be further developed and refined.
Posted on 24 Mar
South African sailors rescued off WA coast
Three South African sailors have been winched to safety in the remote Indian Ocean Three South African sailors have been winched to safety in the remote Indian Ocean, after their mast broke on the way to New Zealand. The stricken yacht was 1300km off the Australian mainland's most south westerly point. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) says the men had been sailing from South Africa to New Zealand
Posted on 19 Mar
Securely moored to the quay, or cast adrift?
With boating, you have to cast the lines off in order to go and get into it. With boating, you have to cast the lines off in order to go and get into it. However, when it comes to your insurer, you kind of expect that they’re going to be as bound to you as the standing rigging is to the mast, the ring frames to the hull, or the engine mounts to the runners, and the propellers to the shafts, skegs and cutlass bearings. Whom would you rather be insured with?
Posted on 15 Mar
Clipper Race crew safety brief
Founder and Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has prepared the following safety update for all Clipper 2017-18 Race crew Ocean yacht racing has its risks. But by far the best way to minimise those risks is a culture of safety and constant vigilance amongst all ocean yachtsmen, including Clipper Race Crews. Staying safe must be a paranoia.
Posted on 14 Mar
Lisa Blair crosses Cape Horn on 50th day of Antarctic circumnavigation
Day 49 was marked with Lisa's first sighting of land - the snow capped mountains of Chile - since departing Albany Sydney-based sailor and adventurer Lisa Blair 32, has today reached 50 days at sea and successfully crossed Cape Horn in her attempt to be the first woman in history to circumnavigate Antarctica solo and unassisted.
Posted on 13 Mar
Thirteenth Blog from on board Perie Banou II
Well I am anchored off Jamestown Saint Helena. Good place to be. So it is. Jon is at St Helena in the Atlantic - British ilse after some of the French ones he has been to. He's off seeing the island and catching up with his friends from the little Swarbrick, Liberdade. As usual, full of beans and living life, remembering heaps and always factual, given how much he reads on board. Yet another great tale, so dive right in...
Posted on 9 Mar
Twelfth Blog from on board Perie Banou II
Jon's steady progress sees him arrives in St Helena in the South Atlantic I am on the ocean as I type. By the time you read I should be tied to a mooring Jamestown, British island of Saint Helena, South Atlantic. Since last writing it has been mild. Wind behind pushing me. My mainsail - always 1 reef & wee jib. Progress good and comfortable. One can get squalls, often more to the west than where I am. Night time squalls.
Posted on 2 Mar
Immortal
Take your mind back to a Russell Mulcahy film from 1986 called, Highlander. Take your mind back to a Russell Mulcahy film from 1986 called, Highlander. The former music video producer’s first feature film was a cult star before going on to become a wee bit immortal, as per its main characters. The principal thrust of it all was a gathering of immortal souls, and in the end, there could be only one.
Posted on 28 Feb
A rare opportunity to sail in Canada!
Sail the fabulous Vancouver Island, Georgia Straights and The Desolation Sound. Sail the fabulous Vancouver Island, Georgia Straights and The Desolation Sound. This area regarded as the greatest wilderness and picturesque area in the world is open to a 16 day cruise with Sailing Adventures.
Posted on 27 Feb