The Nelson Society

Lord Nelson Youth Award 2013
..changing lives with an adventure of a lifetime

The Nelson Society has teamed up with The Disability Resource Centre:, The Marine Society, and The Sea Cadets to offer a young person (16-25 year old) an opportunity of a Jubilee Sailing Trust sailing holiday on a wonderful unique tall ship; indeed an adventure of a lifetime. These are the only two tall ships in the world designed and built to enable people of all physical abilities to sail side-by-side as equals; providing everyone the thrill and adventure of life with full participation regardless of your physical ability and previous sailing knowledge.

The Nelson Society Jubilee Sailing Trust Youth Award is part of the Society’s legacy from the 2005 bicentenary commemoration. It aims to encourage young people to engage with the sea and with Britain’s maritime heritage, in particular with the legacy of Nelson.

Award now open for entries

The  winner will receive an award  a berth (of up to £800) for a voyage on the Jubilee Sailing Trust vessel The Lord Nelson. The winner will also receive one year membership of the Nelson Society as part of the award. There will be 10 runners up who will each receive a year’s membership and a book prize.

The award is open to anyone aged 16 to 25 at date of entry, able-bodied and persons with a disability are eligible for entry but must be able to meet the Jubilee Sailing Trust criteria  for crewing on the tallship The Lord Nelson.  Details are available at

How can I apply?

Simply submit an essay, piece of creative writing, creative artwork, video, computer generated programme or image, on a subject relating to the life and achievements of Admiral Lord Nelson.

All entries must be original work of the person submitting them. Send all entries by 31st March, 2013  to Disability Resource Centre, The Marine Society, The Sea Cadets, or directly to The Nelson Society (Jeanette Ryder) either by emailing:  or posting to Jeanette Ryder, Rydal, 4 Yardley Road, Hedge End, Southampton, SO30 0HQ. All entries must be received by myself (Jeanette Ryder) by 1st August, 2013.

Need more details?

Telephone: 01489 783961 or E-mail:

What an amazing journey. You too can be a part of recreating and reliving the traditional tall ship sailing and help keep it alive for generations ahead to cherish and enjoy our maritime legacy.

The Awards Rules

Launch Date 21st October 2007, Trafalgar Day.

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As part of the legacy work following the success of its 2005 Bicentenary year projects The Nelson Society is launching two new awards to be funded from a new ring-fenced fund, The Nelson Society Bicentenary Projects Education Fund. This fund has been made possible by the successful activities carried out in 2005 to mark the bicentenary of the Battle of Trafalgar and the death of Lord Nelson, in particular the success of the bicentenary Medal project.

The Nelson Society National Maritime Museum Academic Award will be awarded biannually to fund original research into the life and achievements of Lord Nelson. The aim in particular is to enable original research to be undertaken into some of the unexplored archives of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Applicants for the award will be expected to show a proven ability to undertake such research, and to make the results available for publication by The Nelson Society, so that members can share in the discoveries as they are made and put into the public domain. The sum of £1,000 will be awarded biannually, and will be able to be used to extend an academic fellowship at the NMM Centre for Imperial & Maritime Studies to enable extended original research.

Dr Nigel Rigby, Head of Research at the NMM, has welcomed the award and says:

“The Research Committee [at the NMM] is strongly in favour of the proposal and is very excited by the prospect of working with the Nelson Society to support scholarship in 18th Century naval history. I am delighted that you have thought of working with us on such a positive and forward thinking project”.

More details about the NMM Centre for Imperial & Maritime Studies and its academic work are available at


Briefing Note on the JST

The Jubilee Sailing Trust was established in 1978 with a donation from the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Appeal Fund, following an idea conceived by its founder, Christopher Rudd. The aim of the charity is to promote integration between able-bodied and physically disabled adults through the medium of tall ship sailing. This is achieved by enabling a mixed ability crew between the ages of 16 and 70 plus to crew a tall ship at sea. Voyages range between 4 and 11 days and able bodied and physically disabled people participate on as near equal terms as possible. There are no passengers; everyone works to the best of his or her ability. This seemed a fitting target for an award by The Nelson Society targeted at youth and aimed at helping young people to reconnect with the sea and with their maritime history in celebration of the world’s most famous disabled sailor. The award will be open to able bodied applicants as well as applicants with a disability. No previous sailing experience is necessary, just a willingness to learn and to be challenged. Winners of the award will be eligible to enter the JST Youth Leadership @ Sea Scheme, subject to availability on a chosen voyage.

The JST Youth Leadership @ Sea Scheme

  • The winner will arrive onboard the Lord Nelson as an active voyage crew member and part of a mixed physical ability crew. They will be signed on and placed into a watch.
  • On arrival they will be assigned a bunk and a locker and given a Youth Leadership @ Sea T-shirt (to be worn with pride!)
  • They will each be paired with a suitable ‘Buddy’ so that you can look out for each others’ needs and face the challenges together.
  • They will learn to set, stow and brace the sails and helm the ship. They will also take an active turn in the galley helping to prepare and serve meals, cleaning the ship, general maintenance and above deck work or working aloft on the yards, by shadowing the Bosun’s Mate.
  • They will be led by an experienced Watchleader and be ‘mentored’ by a member of the Permanent Crew. They may have the opportunity to take a Watch (team of up to 10 people) and delegate duties.
  • There will be problem solving and teambuilding tasks and activities set throughout the voyage.
  • There will be an emphasis on Disability awareness, including taking on the chance to experience what life is like on board in a wheelchair or for the visually impaired.
  • After your voyage the mentor will give an appraisal. They will evaluate how in different situations were coped with, what new skills were developed, also on aspects like the level of involvement, ability to lead and make decisions and working alongside others in a team.
  • After the voyage the winner will write a short report evaluating their experience of the voyage for The Nelson Dispatch and the JST and on completion of the scheme (which includes satisfactory feedback from the mentor) they will receive a certificate as a record of their achievement.

The Lord Nelson was the first of the JST’s two purpose built tall ships. Her many facilities enable disabled crew to perform their duties independently alongside their able-bodied shipmates. The ship has access throughout for disabled crew, including wheelchair users, with flat wide decks and powered lifts. There is a speaking compass for the use of blind crew members and bright track radar for partially sighted crew. An induction loop and vibrator alarms have been installed for hard of hearing crew members.

There are special cabins, toilets and shower facilities for disabled crew and the ship is fitted with a mess deck, fully equipped galley, workshop and of a well stocked bar and saloon area.

The Lord Nelson has a Gross Tonnage of 368 tons and is 42 metres in length, 55 metres including the bowsprit. She has a 9 metre beam, and draws 4 metres. She is 33 metres high to her mast head, with a sail area of 1024 metres spread over 18 sails on her 3 masts. She can sail at 10 knots under sail, and make 8 knots under power. The ship has 8 permanent crew, including the Master, Capt Clare Cupples, and 2 Bosun’s mates. The voyage crews are 40 strong, of whom half may be physically disabled, with up to 8 wheelchair users. Amongst the voyage crew there will be 4 Watch Leaders and, where possible, a Doctor. Since her maiden voyage in 1986, the Lord Nelson has taken over 22,908 people to sea. Of these, 8,970 people were physically disabled and 3,509 were wheelchair users. Their disabilities have included Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Spina Bifida, Paraplegia and many more.

The Rules for both awards

More details about the Lord Nelson and the JST are available at