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Crew set for adventure of a lifetime

A TRUSTY crew of disabled people jetted out of the province today to take part in a spectacular sailing adventure.

A TRUSTY crew of disabled people jetted out of the province today to take part in a spectacular sailing adventure.

Over 40 people will test their survival skills on a unique whistle-stop tour of the sun-kissed Gran Canaria islands.

It will be all hands on deck for the team - who will be sailing on the luxurious tall ship Lord Nelson - organised by the Jubilee Sailing Trust.

Special wheelchair facilities and markings for visually impaired travellers have been erected to ensure the maximum safety of all on board for the week-long island-hopping cruise.

Everyone on Lord Nelson will share the day-to-day duties which include steering, helping in the galley and cleaning the ship.

Mary Popper, Northern Ireland representative of the Jubilee Sailing Trust, said:"This is undoubtedly a great experience and a chance for people to build new friendships.

"It gives people with disabilities the opportunity to show what they can do and sometimes they are better than the more able-bodied. It's a learning curve for everyone on board."


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