The first part of the anniversary celebrations involved sailing out of Williamstown on the tall ship Tenacious. Tenacious is the world’s largest wooden hulled, three masted barque and is owned and operated by the Jubilee Sailing Trust in the UK. Tenacious is one of only two tall ships in the world designed to be sailed by a crew with widely varied physical abilities. Every aspect of shipboard life is available to all, from setting the sails, going aloft and helming the ship. Passengers are expected to contribute to crewing the ship, which can involve something as short as a day sail on local waters, to much longer transit journeys, around parts of the Australian coastline, or across the globe.
The second part, and more formal, was the evening component where invited guests joined the day sailors on board Tenacious for delicious canapes and drinks. Many speeches were made, the most notable being from the current President of Sailability Victoria, David Staley, and the Chairman of the Jubilee Sailing Trust in Australia, Harry Cator. And what a setting, being on the deck of the Tenacious, overlooking Hobsons Bay and the city skyline, as the sun set after a perfect sailing weather day.
Our thanks go out to Sailability Victoria for organizing such a wonderful day.
MYC Sailability Co-ordinator