Unique Tall Ship with a Social Inclusion Mission returns to the Australian National Maritime Museum

13-Dec-2016
Tenacious, a very special tall ship with a unique inclusive mission, will sail into Sydney Harbour on Wednesday 14 December to make its return to the Australian National Maritime Museum. The ship, which has been voyaging in southern Australia, is sailed by a crew of 40 individuals, around half of whom are living with disability.

This December Tenacious will be open on selective days for visitors to step on board and find out more about this unique ship. The ship will be open from 10 am – 4 pm on the following dates:

Tuesday 20 December
Saturday 24 December
Tuesday 27 December
Thursday 29 December

Entry to Tenacious while in port is FREE.

Exciting opportunities also exist to get a taste of life at sea and try your hand at sailing on Tenacious on 23 and 28 December. For further information on visiting Tenacious and day sail opportunities visit www.anmm.gov.au/tenacious.

Tenacious is owned and operated by The Jubilee Sailing Trust, a UN-accredited charity that has led the way on the issue of social inclusion for nearly forty years. The ship is the largest operative wooden ship in the world (at 65 metres and with a mast height of 39 metres) and was built in 2000 by 1,500 volunteers, including many living with disability.

The ship has a number of special design features which allow everyone, regardless of whether they are living with disability, to play a full and active role as a member of crew – the entire vessel is wheelchair accessible including the platforms up the mast and bowsprit; there are aids for the visually impaired like speaking compasses and people with limited dexterity can even helm the ship with a joystick.

For 38 years, the Jubilee Sailing Trust has provided life-changing adventures to nearly 50,000 people of all ages, backgrounds and levels of physical ability, giving them a sailing experience that instils the self-confidence and perspective to help them achieve their wider life goals. The Australian arm was established in 2015 to give Australians the opportunity to benefit from the unique service provided by the charity.

The Australian National Maritime Museum on Darling Harbour is open daily from 9.30 am to 6.00 pm. For further information call 02 9298 3777 or visit www.anmm.gov.au.

For further information on the mission of the Jubilee Sailing Trust Australia visit www.jst.org.au or call Peter Mitchell (Project Manager Australia) on 0410 468 470.

For more information:
www.anmm.gov.au/tenacious