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British Exploring Society (BES) and Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) have joined forces again to provide a once in lifetime opportunity to sail the North Atlantic Sea and explore the remote extra-ordinary Icelandic terrain. The expedition will be split into two equal groups. One group will sail out from the UK to Iceland, sailing across the sea aboard the spectacular tall ship, SV Tenacious. She is a special, fully equipped ship designed for a mixed ability crew, both disabled and non-disabled. For the two weeks on board everyone will work together as a member of the ship’s crew. You will learn to keep watch (including overnight, even on the first night), helm the ship, set the sails, go aloft up the rigging, work in the galley and clean the ship.
In the meantime, the second group will fly over from the UK to complete a remote trekking experience through Iceland’s almighty wilderness. You and your team will work together to explore the North-East of the country in some of the most fascinating and geographically unique parts of Iceland. Over the two weeks you will be walking between 12-15 km a day, approximately 8 hours a day, and you will need to carry all your kit in your rucksack.
Two weeks in and the groups will swap over, with those who were sailing initially beginning their trek in Iceland and the other group beginning their sail back to the UK.
These four weeks will be very demanding but also extremely rewarding!
Please read through the downloadable PDF at the bottom of this section, containing further details of the land expedition and the sea voyage.
There will be NO VICTA staff or volunteers on this trip. The Leadership team for the Infinity trip will include both male and female staff. Both BES and JST benefit from some of the most highly skilled staff in the sector, consisting of expedition leaders, sailors, instructors, career expeditioners, medics and youth workers.
- A great opportunity to meet other visually impaired people your age
- Grow in confidence through semi-independent travel
- Increase your mobility, general fitness and independence skills
- Increased leadership, teamwork, organisation and communication skills by helping keep your boat in “shipshape” condition alongside your crew mates
- Gain all of this while having a fun week in a supportive, encouraging environment
- Opportunity to do some creative writing after the trip, which could then be featured on the VICTA website
- Gain an experience of fundraising, with tailored support from the VICTA Fundraising team
- Chance to create lasting memories as well as a unique talking point for your CV and interviews
Who can apply?
You must be:
- Blind or partially sighted
- At least 18 years old 17th June 2019
- Aged 29 or under on 23rd June 2019
- This is a physically demanding trip so you must be willing and physically able to take part the running of a tall ship
- Able to maintain your own personal hygiene
- Have attended a previous UK based VICTA activity