SAILABILITY/ PETERBOROUGH SAILABILITY
Martin Bolderston, one of the Peterborough Sailability team takes a disabled sailor on Tenacious, a Jubilee Trust ship
On Sunday 12th September Peterborough Sailability buddy Martin Bolderston took Papworth Trust resident James Gusterson on a memorable day-sail on the Jubilee Sailing Trust tall ship Tenacious. James has had to use a wheelchair since he was a teenager and each week during the season he and four of five colleagues travel from Papworth and Huntington to Ferry Meadows to enjoy sailing in specially adapted Challenger sailing dinghies. As far as James is concerned the more wind the better!
James and Martin had become good friends through Sailability and so Martin was able to fulfil a long held ambition to accompany a disabled sailor on a JAT sail. After an overnight stay in Southampton James and Martin boarded the Tenacious at 8.30am together with 25 others and enjoyed a good breakfast while sailing down Southampton Water towards the Solent. The start of Cowes week had been postponed so as not to clash with the Olympic Games and they were greeted with the amazing sight of hundreds of colourful sailing boats. A good breeze ensured a wonderful sail around the Solent and good food and company made for a day to remember. James was able to take the helm during the sail but there is insufficient time on day-sails for wheelchair users to be hoisted into the rigging as they do on longer voyages, perhaps next time!
As well as being a wheelchair user James has a number of other physical disabilities to cope with but he remained cheerful throughout the day and took part in hoisting sails and other activities. His infectious smile is an inspiration!
As a registered charity the Jubilee Sailing Trust owns and operates the tall ships Lord Nelson and Tenacious. They are the only vessels in the world specifically designed and built to enable people of all physical abilities to sail side-by-side as equals, sharing the challenges and fun of life on board.