International legal practice Norton Rose is working in
partnership with the Jubilee Sailing Trust to sponsor the tall ship
Lord Nelson as she embarks on a two-year voyage, the
Norton Rose Sail the World Challenge, taking crews of able-bodied
and disabled sailors around the world. This has never been
Over the next two years, Lord Nelson will sail four
times across the Equator, covering 50,000 miles, seven continents
and 30 countries. Lord Nelson is expected to arrive in
Cape Town from Rio de Janeiro this weekend, at the end of the
second transatlantic leg of this ground-breaking voyage.
Lord Nelson- built and operated by the Jubilee Sailing
Trust - is one of only two tall ships in the world equipped to sail
with a mixed crew of disabled and able-bodied sailors. At each
stage of the Norton Rose Sail the World Challenge, Lord
Nelson will pick up new crew and will run week-long in-country
voyages and day sails.
Norton Rose supports a number of charitable organisations
through its corporate responsibility and diversity programmes and
is enabling people with physical disabilities to join the crew on
different stages of this epic voyage. In South Africa, a member of
the QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) network will join
the crew to experience the life-changing opportunity of a seven-day
coastal voyage, departing from Cape Town on 6 February.
Rob Otty, Managing director at Norton Rose in South Africa,
"We are proud to support such a ground-breaking
international project, which promotes integration, and we welcome
the opportunity to raise awareness throughout Norton Rose and the
communities in which we work. Through the adventure and challenge
of tall-ship sailing, the Jubilee Sailing Trust is changing lives
by allowing men and women of all physical abilities to sail side by
David Kapelus, senior litigation director at Norton Rose in SA
participating in the seven day sail said:
"I'm expecting the voyage to be physically
challenging and a test of my strength and abilities but I am
looking forward to the exciting tasks and the opportunity to do
something entirely different and way out of my comfort
Kapelus is disabled and has used a wheelchair for the last 30
years after a diving accident when he was 18 years old. He will be
joined by two able-bodied staff members from Norton Rose's
South Africa offices.
Another South African equally delighted to take part in the
seven-day sail is 56 year old Russell Vollmer who uses a wheelchair
and is an active campaigner for access issues affecting people
living with disabilities. Vollmer is a QASA network member
sponsored by Norton Rose.
Lord Nelson will return to Cape Town to pick up new crew for a
nine-day sail around the Cape of Good Hope and up the eastern coast
of South Africa to Durban before going on to sail eight more ocean
legs – across the Indian Ocean to the port of Kochi; from
India to Singapore; down under to Australia and the Tall Ships Race
to New Zealand; from the Bay of Islands to the Southern Pacific and
around Cape Horn to Argentina; north again to Buenos Aires; then
sweeping northward on the trade winds to Recife; from Brazil, via
the Caribbean, to Halifax; across the North Atlantic to Iceland and
then homeward to Southampton in late 2014.
Lord Nelson is a square-rigged three-masted 55-metre barque. She
was built and is operated by the Jubilee Sailing Trust in
Southampton and can accommodate an integrated crew of all physical
abilities. Her equipment includes hoists to enable wheelchairs to
be lifted up the rigging. She is regularly crewed by people with
cerebral palsy, people who are blind and people who have suffered
amputations and spinal injuries.
The Jubilee Sailing Trust is experienced in showing all crew
members the full extent of what they are capable of on board the
ship, requiring and enabling the crew to bond and work as an
integrated team for the life of each voyage. Everyone on board
plays a role in sailing the tall ship.
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