Last month Enable New Zealand used posters and social media to find two people to sail on the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s tall ship the Tenacious. The Tenacious is one of two accessible sailing ships owned and operated by the UK based Trust that has features allowing disabled and able-bodied crew members to work alongside each other.
Alistair and Evan will be setting off on Sunday (6 August) for seven days sailing in the Hauraki Gulf. They will have opportunities to helm the ship, climb the mast, set the sails and even lend a hand in the galley.
Alistair said: “I’m really looking forward to this trip; it’s really a chance of a lifetime. I grew up around the water, and haven’t been to the sea in ages. I’m looking forward to pushing myself further and it will be great to meet some new people.”
Alistair suffered a stroke in 2015 which affected his right side. In his application he mentioned that the opportunity on the ship will allow him to experience the freedom he once felt when rock climbing and dirt biking.
Alistair will be sailing alongside Evan who said: “I’m stoked to be chosen to go on this trip. It is something completely new and outside the norm. It will be a meaningful trip being equally part of the crew, and having the opportunity to be hands-on with running the ship. I’m really grateful to be able to participate in something in which disabled people can do everything.”
Evan’s great great grandfather immigrated to New Zealand in 1861 and left from the Southampton port in the United Kingdom, the same port the Tenacious left from. He’s also looking forward to seeing what it would have been like for his great great grandfather.
Scott Ambridge, Enable New Zealand General Manager,said: “Enable New Zealand’s purpose is to support disabled people to live with choice and independence, and we are delighted to offer these positions to Alistair and Evan. There were many applications and it was difficult to choose between them. We hope that this will be an experience both Alistair and Evan will remember for years to come.”