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'JST - Sail the World' Lord Nelson Refurbishment

Lord Nelson will embark on her first worldwide mission for the Jubilee Sailing Trust in October 2012. With your support, we can complete the critical modifications she requires and ensure she remains in 'ship shape' condition during her 22 month ‘Sail the World’ programme beginning from Southampton

June 2012 - September 2014

Charity information: Jubilee Sailing Trust

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  • Need


    Through the JST experience and what we have learnt by operating voyages around the UK for 34 years, we aim to promote the following benefits internationally:


    For this to happen, Lord Nelson must have completed an extensive refurbishment in Southampton at the end of 2012 and have secured major funds available for maintenance periods and dry dockings she will undertake during her 22 month adventure around the World.


    Imagine the impact of a tall ship sailed by a crew of all physical abilities sailing into cities such as Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Kochi, Fremantle and Auckland.

    Statistics from the International Labour Organisation suggest that; an estimated ‘386 million of the world's working-age people have some kind of disability, unemployment among the persons with disabilities is as high as 80% in some countries'.

    Lord Nelson needs refurb work completed prior to and during this 22 month venture.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To complete the modifications and refurbishment Lord Nelson requires for 'JST - Sail the World'.


    » To send applications to Charitable Trust and Foundations seeking funding towards the refurbishment of Lord Nelson before she departs on her mission.
    » To actively seek new high net worth donors, corporate sponsorship and partnerships with organisations that will support and promote our mission.
    » To re-engage with existing donors that supported our successful Lord Nelson Refit appeals of 2009 and 2010 and promote 'JST Sail the World'.

    What success will look like

    Lasting 22 months 'JST Sail the World' will be successful if Lord Nelson remains seaworthy for the duration of her adventure and helps changes the lives of people internationally.

  • Impact


    Our mission will generate significant local media interest and we are engaging with local charities, voluntary groups and businesses that work to promote the interests of disabled people.

    An in port programme of local voyages, PR days, open ship days and VIP receptions will raise awareness of disability in developing countries where, unfortunately, the approach to disability often lags behind that of the UK.


    Between 2008 and 2010, Lord Nelson underwent a comprehensive £450,000 refurbishment. Despite the challenging economic climate, we had great success in fundraising for that appeal. We are hoping for an equally positive response again for this project. Other external risks include a threat of diplomatic tensions (Argentina/Falklands - two destinations) and the ability to raise significant funds for the up keep of Lord Nelson once she has left the UK.


    Six monthly reporting are regular tasks that we happily complete to those that have donated significantly to the Jubilee Sailing Trust. For those that have donated a larger sum, we will send them our quarterly High Net Worth Report which details all aspects of the Jubilee Sailing Trust.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £171,600

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      Amount Heading Description
      £64,000 Lord Nelson Refurb Fuel for the engines. Despite being a tall ship, certain circumstance dictate the use of our engines
      £47,000 Lord Nelson Refurb Lord Nelson will need replacement generators before her departure
      £60,600 Lord Nelson Refurb Combined cost of specific items such as rigging, radar units, air conditioning and other items

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Coles-Medlock Trust £20,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Lord Nelson will be sailing around the world visiting 30 countries on all 7 continents over 22 months. In order for as many people to participate as possible, we have split the voyage into 10 sectors, of 25 to 60 days in duration.

    The planned refurbishment is scheduled to take place in Southampton, our home port. We receive great support from ABP Port Authorities with regard berthing fees and logistics. We have a wealth of experience of working in Southampton.


    Since the JST was established in 1978, at least 37,000 people have sailed on our ships, of which at least 25,000 people have sailed on Lord Nelson.

    We anticipate to directly benefit at least 2,000 people from all over the world, of all physical abilities. The indirect benefits that will sprout from the events will hold such as open days, charity/group days, VIP receptions and other related events will improve disability awareness and help to break down barriers to potentially thousands.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We know of no other operators of fully-accessible tall ships in the world. Neither are we aware of any other ‘sailing organisation’ that views both able bodied and physically disabled individuals as their beneficiaries. Further, other providers of sailing voyages for the physically disabled have much smaller vessels meaning they cannot offer multi-day voyages in offshore waters. This is important; in our experience it takes a minimum of 5 days to witness the full benefit of a voyage.

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    Professional Craftsmen / Engineers

    Maintenance which is carried out by professional craftsmen who have the expertise and qualifications to complete jobs which need a professional hand.


    The JST has a national (UK) branch system with at least 500 members, of which 24 can stay on-board the ship to help during the dry docking.

    Loyal Supporters

    Without our loyal supporters, the Jubilee Sailing Trust simply could not exist. Supports comes in many ways, such as monetary, technical and verbally

Lord Nelson into the sunset under full sail

Lord Nelson into the sunset under full sail