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Disabled sailors arrived at West India Dock in time for Paralympics

PUBLISHED: 11:19 30 August 2012

A group of German disabled youngsters arrive at West India Dock after sailing the Tenacious, a British wheelchair-accesible tall ship, from Emden to London as part of a special programme by The Behinderten-Sportverband Nordrhein-Westfaen (BSNW)  and the Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST)

A group of German disabled youngsters arrive at West India Dock after sailing the Tenacious, a British wheelchair-accesible tall ship, from Emden to London as part of a special programme by The Behinderten-Sportverband Nordrhein-Westfaen (BSNW) and the Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST)

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Disabled young sailors docked on the Isle of Dogs yesterday (Wednesday) in time for the Paralympics after sailing a British ship in from Germany.

The crew of 10 disabled and 10 able-bodied arrived at West India Dock on the STS Tenacious.

It is one of only two tall ships in the world designed to enable people of all physical abilities to sail side-by-side as equals.

Features include wheelchair lifts between decks and a talking compass for the visually impaired.

Docklands harbour and waterspace manager, Gareth Stephens, said: “Tenacious is a fantastic ship that offers a great opportunity to sailors of all physical abilities, and we are lucky to be able to welcome her into West India Dock all year round.

“We are delighted that this project to inspire accessible sailing and inclusion in sport has chosen this unique way to arrive in London, and we hope they enjoy their stay in West India Dock.”

The crew will attend various events at the Paralympic Games and the project will be filmed for German television.

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