Tall Ships Challenge 2019


Do you want to be part of an exciting challenge and help funds for charity?

Spinal Injuries Ireland (SII) has launched our inaugural SII Tall Ships Challenge, taking place May 2019. Lead by Ireland’s most decorated Paralympian, John Twomey, the SII Tall Ship crew will set sail from Cork for 6 days docking in Southampton on May 27th.

This is a fully inclusive challenge like no other, that will mean adventure and life-long memories for all who take part. The aim of this challenge is to give people of all abilities the opportunity to step out of their comfort zones and push themselves further than they thought possible, whilst also raising vital funds for Spinal Injuries Ireland services.

SII has commissioned the Lord Nelson Tall Ship which can be crewed by people of all abilities. Once onboard there are no passengers, everyone has a role to play as a valuable part of the team. Over the 6 days and nights the voyage will take the crew from Cork harbour to Southampton Port, circling past the stunning Jurassic Coast, and anchoring for a night off the Isle of Wight.

The crew will consist of 6 people with spinal cord injuries, their assistants and 18 able-bodied team members who will all be working together equally to complete the route.Together on this challenge we hope to prove that every person and every body is valuable and valued equally. All that’s needed is determination.


May 22nd Participants come together in Cork Harbour, undertake pre-departure training and board the Lord Nelson as a crew. The Ship embarks from Cork.

May 23rd First day at sea; Training, setting sails and helming. First night at sea

May 24th Day at sea with mid-morning arrival in port- possibly Scilly Isles, Falmouth or Fowey.

May 25th Leave port mid-day and out to sea. Second night at sea.

May 26th Sail along the beautiful Jurassic coastline and anchor off Isle of Wight for the last night of the voyage

May 27th Celebrations as the Lord Nelson and the crew dock in Southampton to disembark.

Why do the challenge?

Simply put, if you want a new, intense and exciting challenge this is for you. The SII Tall Ships Challenge is a once in a lifetime chance to be part of something bigger. It is a chance to live life to the fullest without barriers. The Lord Nelson ship was built to support and enable a fully involved and engaged crew, regardless of ability or disability. Each crew member is learning as an equal, working hard and stepping outside of their comfort zone to learn new skills as part of a vibrant and unique team.

Each participant will need to fundraise €3000 in the run up to the event.

Personal Assistants to those with a spinal cord injury will have their costs covered.

All funds raised by this challenge will go to Spinal Injuries Ireland services


How to Sign Up

To get involved you can register your interest contact Emer Hanley, Fundraising and Communications Officer in Spinal Injuries Ireland through emer@spinalinjuries.ie or call 01 653 2180.

Note: Our 6 wheelchair spaces are currently booked out, however we have a waiting list should any places open up so do get in touch if you are interested.


SII Tall Ships Challenge Details


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Spinal Injuries Ireland,
Unit G3,
Pottery Business Centre,
Pottery Road,
Dun Laoghaire,
Co. Dublin,

Tel: +353-1-6532180
Email: info@spinalinjuries.ie