Australia: Lord Nelson arrives in Sydney as part of the Norton Rose Fulbright Sail the World Challenge
Last Updated: 17 October 2013

Today the 55-metre square rigger Lord Nelson, which is one of only two tall ships in the world accessible to able bodied and disabled sailors, joins a fleet of tall ships taking part in the 2013 Royal Australian Navy (RAN) International Fleet Review.

The Norton Rose Fulbright Sail the World Challenge aboard Lord Nelson was instigated by an invitation to the RAN centenary celebrations. Lord Nelson's two-year voyage is a partnership between Norton Rose Fulbright and Jubilee Sailing Trust which promotes inclusion and equality in each of the 30 ports of call on the 50,000-mile circumnavigation of the world.

From the time of the commencement of its voyage in October 2012 to its end in late 2014, Lord Nelson will have sailed four times across the Equator, covering seven continents and 30 countries.

Upon completion of the epic voyage, Lord Nelson will become the first disability accessible tall ship in the world to round the three great capes: Cape of Good Hope, Cape Leeuwin and Cape Horn.

Norton Rose Fulbright in Australia Managing Partner Wayne Spanner said, "This is a truly exciting initiative which brings together people from all walks of life and all physical abilities to sail side by side across the world's oceans on this extraordinary ship. Our staff and clients have followed Lord Nelson's global journey with interest and this Sunday we will come together to celebrate the voyage and the ship's arrival in Sydney.

"The Norton Rose Fulbright Sail the World Challenge represents our long term commitment to diversity and integration and we are proud to be associated with such a worthwhile cause."

Lord Nelson features wheelchair lifts, a speaking compass and a bowsprit that is wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair, allowing everyone to participate in all aspects of sailing the vessel. It is the first time that an accessible square-rigged sailing ship has undertaken such a journey crewed by disabled sailors alongside their able-bodied peers.

The Norton Rose Fulbright Sail the World Challenge started and will end in the United Kingdom with stopovers in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa.

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