The Jubilee Sailing Trust has launched Tenacious in 2000 to join another of their vessels, Lord Nelson. These two are unique Tall Ships, fully equipped to host able-bodied and physically disabled trainees alike.

Once you get on board you are becoming a trainee – a part of the crew. You will help to sail the Ship, regardless of your sailing experience and physical abilities. There is a job on board for everyone and Tenacious takes no freeloaders! Take the helm, trim the sails, keep watch and – if you dare – go aloft to admire the world from above.

With most of the Tall Ships made of steel these days, Tenacious is the largest wooden Ship to be built in the UK for over 100 years.

During the Journeys you will discover amazing places and make great friends. You will also challenge yourself by sailing a Tall Ship on the open sea. These are just a few of the reasons why many people consider a voyage on Tenacious a life changing adventure.


After the success of the first fully accessible Tall Ship the Lord Nelson the Jubilee Sailing Trust began to explore the possibility of building a second vessel. Designed by Tony Castro, Tenacious is the largest wooden tall ship of her kind in the world. The innovative wood epoxy laminate build started in 1996 with a team made up of skilled designers, engineers, shipwrights and fitters. They were supplemented by a volunteer force of over 1500 able-bodied and disabled people who came on working ‘Shorewatch’ holidays from all over the UK and abroad.

Tenacious was launched in February 2000, and was named on 6th April. She has set sail on her maiden voyage to Jersey from Southampton on 1st September 2000. Since then she is exploring the world and broadening the horizons of her trainees.


Tenacious was built in order 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, vibrating pads fitted to the bunks to alert the occupant in the event of an emergency, power assisted and ‘joystick’ steering, accessible toilets and a speaking compass. Eight of the cabins accommodate wheelchair users and are more spacious, with the nearby bathrooms being equipped with features like seats in the shower and a height adjustable sink.


Shipping type: Barquentine

Homeport: Southampton (UK)

Date built: 2000

Restored: -

Capacity: 53

Length: 65 m

Beam: 10,6 m



Height of mast: 37,6 m

Engine capacity: