One Ship for All!

STS Lord Nelson (Picture: STS Lord Nelson)
A ship without barrieres: STS Lord Nelson (Picture: STS Lord Nelson)

STS Lord Nelson is a pioneer in the Sailing community. The Tall Ships Lord Nelson and Tenacious are the only two tall ships worldwide that are designed and built with the purpose of enabling people of all physical disabilities to sail side by side on equal terms.

Join the Lord Nelson for this special Youth in Action exchange program. This year the voyage will start in Aberdeen (UK). From there the voyage will continue to Amsterdam (NL) and will finish in Hartlepool (UK). Depending on weather, tides and wind the ship may visit another port.

Since the launch in 1986, more than 36.000 trainees sailed with this ship. The permanent crew are highly trained and skilled and there is a medical purser and a ship's doctor on board during each voyage.

Team up!

Besides the professional crew, 7 trainees per country can participate with all kind of different physical disabilities. A total of 35 trainees with nationalities from Belgium, France, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands will board the Lord Nelson to experience this special trip together. During this trip you’ll be sailing with trainees from all over Europe.

Together you will sail and do more! As well as sailing, you and the other trainees will organise games, national dinners, European song festivals, or whatever you would like to do. Meet people from other cultures, enjoy the differences and see the similarities between the countries. You may make friendships to last for the rest of your life.

Accessible living onboard

This vessel is built in such a manner to enable people of all physical and sensory abilities to take an equally active role in sailing the ship. Some of the features on board that enable this to happen are; signs in Braille, lifts between decks, wide aisles, vibrator pads fitted to the bunks to alert in the event of an emergency, power assisted and 'joystick' steering and a speaking compass. Eight of the cabins accommodate wheelchair users, being more spacious and disabled toilets are equipped with features like seated showers. Lord Nelson offers a sailing adventure for everyone!

sailor with and without wheelchair working together (Picture: STS Lord Nelson)
Welcome aboard! The STS is also accessible for wheelchairs (Picture: STS Lord Nelson)

International Exchange

Besides the professional crew, 7 trainees per country can participate with all kind of different physical disabilities. A total of 35 trainees with nationalities from Belgium, France, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands will board the Lord Nelson to experience this special trip together.

During this trip you’ll be sailing with trainees from all over Europe. Together you will sail and do more! As well as sailing, you and the other trainees will organise games, national dinners, European song festivals, or whatever you would like to do. Meet people from other cultures, enjoy the differences and see the similarities between the countries. You may make friendships to last for the rest of your life!

Sponsorship and Costs

This trip is sponsored by the European organisations ‘Youth in Action’. Therefore we can offer you a reduced price. This includes full board and excludes transportation from and to the ports and drinks at the bar. In addition, 70% of transportation is being paid for, so you only have to pay 30% of this amount.

The trip takes 13 days and starts on the 30th of July and will end at the 12th of August 2011. The normal price for this voyage is € 1675 but for people aged between 15-25 years, there is a special price of €1195 This price includes food and accommodation on the ship, excluding transfers.

Read more about the Youth in Action voyage on board the Lord Nelson. If you want to book this special voyage, click here.

Thank you, At Sea Sail Training, for providing MyHandicap with this article!

 

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