Tenacious to join Diamond Jubilee Pageant
The tall ship Tenacious will take part in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on Sunday 3 June
Tenacious, which was designed and built to be sailed by a mixed crew of able-bodied and disabled
people including wheelchair users, will take part in the pageant to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Tenacious, which is operated by the Jubilee Sailing Trust, will be one of a flotilla of a thousand vessels forming
the largest gathering of boats on the river Thames in modern times. Rowing boats, working boats and
pleasure vessels of all shapes and sizes beautifully dressed with streamers and Union Jacks, will stretch for
an estimated twelve and a half miles. At 65m, Tenacious is one of the largest ships taking part and will form
part of the ‘Avenue of Sail’ through which the smaller vessels will pass.
All those associated with the Jubilee Sailing Trust are delighted that their ship has been selected to take part
in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. Chief Executive Alex Lochrane said: 'Our Trust was founded in 1978
thanks to a grant from the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Fund and so we were keen for Tenacious to represent this
legacy and be part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations 34 years later. It means a great deal to us to be able
to support the royal event with our beautiful tall ship.'
Tenacious and the Trust’s other ship Lord Nelson are the only two in the world to have been purposedesigned
and built for able-bodied and disabled people to sail alongside each other as equals. In 34 years,
the Trust has taken over 36,000 people to sea for what for many is a life changing experience. Over 14,000
of those were disabled, including 5,000 wheelchair users.
One member of the crew who will be aboard during the Pageant is 40 year old Nick Pilgrim. Nick became
severely disabled after contracting meningitis while at nautical college studying for a career at sea. He assumed
he would never go to sea again, but was introduced to the Jubilee Sailing Trust 25 years ago. Since
then he has done 56 voyages with the Trust, including transatlantic crossings, and has accrued the number of
miles equivalent to sailing round the world twice.
Nick’s father says: 'The first time Nick sailed with the Trust we stood on the quayside with tears in our eyes
as we saw him achieve his dream and independently away from us, his parents. We are very proud of how
much Nick loves sailing and how he enjoys every minute, especially the friendships he makes on board. Because
the Trust has been such a big part of his life, we are thrilled that he will be an honoured crew member
taking part in the spectacular Diamond Jubilee event.'
Nick, along with other disabled and able-bodied crew members, will proudly take their place on Tenacious in
the flotilla alongside Her Majesty the Queen and other members of the Royal Family aboard the Royal Barge,
The Spirit of Chartwell. It will be a once in a lifetime moment for the crew of Tenacious as part of this glorious
moment in our rich royal history.
- 10 February 2012