Jubilee sail training ship impresses at close quarters
Saturday 14th September 2013, 10:00AM BST.
THE majestic form of the Tenacious, pictured, eased into Alderney harbour recently and came alongside giving islanders a chance for a closer look.
The vessel, a square-rigged barque owned by the Jubilee Sailing Trust, arrived in Alderney after setting out from the Isle of Wight.
It is believed to be the first time one of the Trust’s vessels has moored up alongside Commercial Quay – usually they weigh anchor in Braye Bay.
The Tenacious is the largest UK sail training ship and one of only two in the world – the other being the Lord Nelson – especially kitted out so that able-bodied and disabled sailors can crew.
The 65-metre long vessel features adaptations such as lifts to allow disabled crew to access all the decks and a talking helm for the blind.
She and her 52 crew – eight permanent members, six volunteers and a mix of able-bodied and disabled sailors – were on a seven-day return voyage from Southampton, which took in Yarmouth and Dartmouth.
Resident Sarah Whyte said she had seen JST vessels visit Alderney in the past but had never before had the chance to see one at close quarters.
‘It’s only when you see a boat like this up close that you understand how impressive it is,’ she commented.
Alderney has strong links to the Jubilee Sailing Trust thanks largely to resident Russell Greenstock, who passed away on 23 June.
Mr Greenstock crewed both vessels many times and encouraged other islanders to get on-board too.
He raised around £70,000 for the trust and in 2001 was honoured with an MBE for services to the disabled.