IMPRESSIVE: STS Tenacious off Caloundra headland.
IMPRESSIVE: STS Tenacious off Caloundra headland. Patrick Woods

Tenacious tall ship a modern wonder

THOSE who regularly have binoculars peeled on the shipping channel off Caloundra could have been forgiven for thinking they'd stepped back in time on Saturday, October 28.

The impressive STS Tenacious three-masted barque ship anchored off our shores, awaiting a 9.30am pilot boat from Point Cartwright.

On board was Matt Dyson and his wife Vivien.

Matt's Sunshine Coast mother was excitedly waiting to see the tall ship off our shores.

"It's been a great trip down from Cairns," Matt told the Daily by phone early Saturday morning before hurriedly getting back to his morning duties on the ship.

Jubilee Sailing Trust launched the 586 tonne, 65m (including bowsprit) training ship on February 3, 2000.

At that time, it was the largest wooden ship to be built in the United Kingdom for more than 100 years.

The JST is an international United Nations-accredited charity offering sailing adventures to people of all abilities and backgrounds over 16 and is wheelchair-accessible throughout.

With 11 permanents onboard, the Tenacious voyage crew can number up to 40 and half of those may be sensory impaired or physically disabled.

With the JST sister ship, STS Lord Nelson, they are the only two tall ships in the world designed to allow those of all physical abilities to sail side-by-side as equals.

Anyone with wind in their sails and an eye for adventure can still book for one of the next voyages, including a 10-day sail out of Sydney Harbour on November 11, down the Sapphire Coast to Williamstown's Seaworks in Melbourne.

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