Published: Thursday, 23 May 2013
Mike Fulton

The 55-metre square-rigger tall ship Lord Nelson arrived in Vivo City, Singapore, on Wednesday 22 May on the eighth leg of The Norton Rose ‘Sail the World’ Challenge; an epic circumnavigation of the globe. Joining the Lord Nelson for a week will be Singapore’s three-time paralympic sailor Jovin Tan, 27.

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Between October 2012 and late 2014, Lord Nelson will sail four times across the Equator, covering some 50,000 miles, seven continents and 30 countries. The vessel, specially designed for a mixed crew of both able and disabled sailors, berthed at Vivo City and will be open to the public on 25 and 26 May. 

Commenting on the arrival of the Lord Nelson, Jeff Smith, partner and head for Southeast Asia at Norton Rose said: “Wea are very proud to be supporting such a noble cause enabling those with physical disabilities to sail such a unique ship on oceans spanning the globe. This is the first time that a tall ship has sailed the world crewed by both able and disabled people and we are honoured that Jovin will join the crew on the high seas over the next week.” 

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Lord Nelson features wheelchair lifts, a speaking compass and a bowsprit that is wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair, enabling everyone to participate in all aspects of sailing the vessel. 

“Being one of very few international legal practices able to provide all the services needed by today’s shipping companies and the ability to support clients anywhere in the world, Norton Rose’s association with the Lord Nelson on this fascinating global voyage is particularly fitting,” added Smith. 

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The Norton Rose ‘Sail the World’ Challenge started, and will end, in the United Kingdom and includes stopovers in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Africa. After Singapore, the ship will head to Australia.