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It is with deep regret that we must announce the closure of the Jubilee Sailing Trust (Tenacious) Limited (‘JST(T)L’), the company that owns and operates the tall ship S.V. Tenacious.

The Jubilee Sailing Trust group, which includes the company JST(T)L and the charity Jubilee Sailing Trust (‘JST’), has been facing financial difficulty for many years due to the high costs associated with running two tall ships and trying to reach new communities.

The last 4 years have seen two large-scale funding appeals, refinancing, several restructures, and a reduction in fleet size to one ship - and of course a pandemic. With much internal and external consultation we have tried different funding models, most of which have been heavily reliant on fundraising, or, trying to attract partners willing to pay full price to charter the ship. For the last 15 months we tried a funding strategy that was more reliant on income from our voyage crew paying for 75-80% of the cost of a voyage (or using bursary funding secured for this purpose).

Unfortunately neither our voyage sales nor our fundraising efforts have been successful in meeting the c.£150k/month required to operate Tenacious and keep her legally compliant to deliver our voyages, nor to repay the historic debt (c.£477k) accumulated prior to the September 2022 change in strategy.

Whilst we have been investigating several options to change our situation, including loans and alternative business plans, we recently learned we were also unsuccessful in being able to raise the full amount required to put Tenacious through her regulatory dry docking in time to deliver our planned Atlantic crossing. If we were to attempt to re-start the programme in the Caribbean, sailing as a ‘delivery voyage’ (without voyage crew having paid to sail and meet the voyage costs) to the Caribbean would incur significant new expenditure that we would not be able to meet with the rest of the winter voyage programme. This means there is no viable way to fulfil our Caribbean voyages, and as such all voyages up to April 2024 needed to be cancelled.

Without the funds from the balance payments for those winter voyages (of which almost £100k would be due now), and knowing we would be unable to refund the voyage crew whose voyages have been cancelled, we initiated emergency talks with our Board, financial and legal advisors, and other key persons with long-term connections to the JST history.

Unfortunately as we are now without identified income to meet our imminent expenditure in December (including the wages of our crew and shore-based team) we no longer have the time to pursue other financing options, nor a public fundraising appeal, and our legal advisors view closure as the only option available. Tenacious and all assets owned by JST(T)L will pass into the hands of the Official Receiver, appointed by the court. All staff (ship and shore) are employed by the JST(T)L company and as such will no longer be in post.

An email has been sent to everyone who booked onto a voyage to assist them with claiming their voyage fee from their insurance. We will update this statement with contact details for any companies who are owed funds, once they have been provided. Our phones, website, social media and emails will no longer be monitored.

The JST charity, a separate entity to the JST(T)L company, will be reviewed by the Charity Commission as to whether it will be able to continue. The charity’s Deed of Trust does not restrict operations to only include tall ships, which may mean the charity could operate in a different manner in the future. This decision has yet to be made by the Charity Commission, and we do not have a timeframe for this decision.

Although this situation is immensely upsetting for all involved, we hope that you can be proud of all that you, our supporters, have helped to achieve with both Lord Nelson and Tenacious since their launch. Without you sailing as voyage crew, volunteering on shore or onboard, and helping raise funds and awareness of what can be achieved in an enabling and accessible environment, we would not have been able to work directly with 56,728 disabled and non-disabled people during this time.

You have helped take two amazing, unique tall ships and their crews around the world (twice). You brought our mission to every continent, including Antarctica, and provided everyone who has been part of these adventures with memories of a lifetime. You have helped shape corporate and social responsibility programmes for companies of varying sizes and industries. You brought our mission ashore and have made a profound difference to the lives of people of all abilities, ages, backgrounds and circumstances in your schools, offices, and personal networks.

From all at JST, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being a part of this amazing journey.

 

© Jubilee Sailing Trust 2023

 

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