Lord Nelson, the first ever tall boat in the world to be completely disable-friendly, has begun its two year journey around the world.
The ship cast off from Southampton for Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, October 21 and will be stopping at Cape Verde and the Canary Islands on this first leg of the journey. On the passage to Brazil, the crew will carry with them the Paralympic Torch, which will be given to Rio de Janeiro - the next destination for the Olympic Games. The challenge will be completed in 10 legs in total, and the ship will change crew and passengers when they reach each main destination.
The journey has been organised by the Jubilee Sailing Trust, a charitable organisation founded in 1978 by Christopher Rudd in the hope of expanding the ability to sail to people with a disability. The venture has also been backed by the international law firm Norton Rose, who claims that it is happy to provide "a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to disabled travellers.
The two year journey will see the crew cross the equator four times, cover over 50,000 miles, and pass all seven continents and some 30 countries. Lord Nelson is expected to arrive back in Southampton in September 2014.
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