Tenacious’ is designed by Tony Castro with features not seen on any other boats, including six wheelchair lifts, braille signage, deck ribs and tactile arrows so that the visually impaired can move with confidence, vibrating pads under the bunks as alarms for those that are hearing impaired, even the platforms up the mast are designed to take a wheelchair user to unforseen heights.
On the 6th of April 2000 Tenacious was officially named in a ceremony attended by HRH The Duke of York. Tenacious sailed on her maiden voyage 1,548days after her keel was laid, on 1st September 2000 from Southampton to Southampton calling at Sark, St Helier and Weymouth.
She has been encouraging self-discovery and cultivating active participation ever since. The supportive and well-designed environment quickly breaks-down prejudice,promotes equality and mutual understanding. It is where people find new strengths and learn to see strengths in others without being diverted by a perceived weakness. The effect is an immersive personal development experience, increasing life skills and self-belief. A voyage with the JST is about joining in and getting involved in all aspects of sailing the ship, regardless of physical ability. Whether you are a tall ship enthusiast, fair-weather sailor or complete beginner - they welcome everyone.
For the full story on Tenacious please use the following link - http://jst.org.uk/our-tall-ships/tenacious/