A SAILING charity is giving people of all abilities in Hartlepool the chance to experience the thrill of a life on the ocean waves.
The Jubilee Sailing Trust is looking for volunteers to join a voyage on one of only two tall ships in the world specially designed for people of all physical abilities.
The Lord Nelson, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, will sail into Hartlepool in August.
The charity has secured funding towards bursaries for people from the north east to experience a tall ship voyage.
Each bursary partly funds a place there are currently places available for voyages leaving from Hartlepool.
Josephine Hall, from the Jubilee Sailing Trust, said: “We are very excited to be visiting Hartlepool again having taken part in last year’s Tall Ships Races we we’re delighted by the reception the people of Hartlepool gave us.
“This is a unique opportunity to experience tall ship sailing, applying for bursary funding is a straightforward process and we look forward to hearing from you.”
The Jubilee Sailing Trust runs two tall ships specifically built to let able-bodied and disabled people sail side by side, learn new skills and forge friendships.
The other is the Tenacious which took part in Hartlepool’s Tall Ships Races last year.
The trust operates a buddy system on board which pairs able-bodied and disabled people together to help each another and share the experience.
Facilities on board include flat, wide decks for ease of movement, wheelchair lifts between decks, hearing loop, a speaking compass.
The Lord Nelson will set sail from Hartlepool on August 7 for a six day voyage and will return on August 15 for an experience lasting five days.
A one-day sail takes place on Sunday, August 14.
To apply for a bursary to fund a place on a voyage call Josephine Hall on (02380) 449108 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More details are also available on the Jubilee Sailing Trust website at: www.jst.org.uk.