STI tall ships race start after Antwerp, 14 July 2010The tall ship Tenacious, one of only two tall ships in the world designed and built to enable people of all physical abilities to sail side-by-side as equals, will take part in the Tall Ships Races in the Baltic Sea, in July. 
The Tall Ships Races, organised by Sail Training International, is the world’s largest spectator sport in the world, after the Olympics. The event attracts over four million viewers, and Tenacious will be among 100 vessels competing against thousands of people of all backgrounds from over thirty nationalities.
With races between Arhus (Denmark) to Helsinki (Finland) and between Riga (Latvia) to Szczecin (Poland), there will also be cruise-in-company in between these two races, where the sight of 100 tall ships sailing together will be a sight not to miss.
Tenacious, which is operated by the Jubilee Sailing Trust and is based in Southampton, was purpose-designed to combine traditional square-rig with special features that make it possible for physically disabled people, including wheelchair users, to take a full and active role in crewing the ship. Among the bespoke features of the ship are hearing loops, wheelchair lifts between decks, integrated Braille instructions, a joy stick for people who want to steer the ship but cannot hold a wheel and an audio compass for those who want to steer but cannot see.
Chief Executive Alex Lochrane said; “We are thrilled to be once again taking part in the Tall Ships Races in the Baltic Sea, and to race in the company of other fantastic tall ships from around the globe. Tenacious is one of only two tall ships in the world purpose-built to be sailed by physically disabled and able-bodied people and we are delighted to be able to offer the experience of tall ship racing to all of these people. We are looking forward to visiting all of the host ports and getting involved in all of the festivities at this amazing event.”