The Jubilee Sailing Trust is delighted to announce that their tall ship Lord Nelson has been awarded the Peter & Simon Crowther Memorial Trophy as a result of their crucial role in a medical emergency on the 16th August during the course of the Tall Ships’ Races 2008.
Awarded to the vessel which contributed most significantly to the aims of sail training during a race series, the Peter & Simon Crowther Memorial Trophy has not been awarded since the Irish tall ship Asgard II won it in 2003. Lord Nelson, which was racing towards the Dutch Port of Den Helder from Bergen in Norway, received the emergency call and responded to the medical emergency by stowing the sails, then turning around and motoring twelve miles to the assistance of a casualty aboard the two masted German schooner, Johann Smidt.
Dr Simon Cunningham, a volunteer on Lord Nelson, transferred to the schooner and made the decision to have the casualty airlifted to Hospital in Newcastle. After flying to the hospital with the casualty, Dr Cunningham was reunited with his crew the following day thanks to the Royal Air Force who offered to transfer him back onto the ship via a Hi-line. Upon his return, he was promptly told to report to his bracing station for a change of sail!
Lord Nelson is no stranger the trophy table, having won the Friendship trophy during last year’s event for being the ship which did most to help further international understanding and friendship during the races.