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Leg 8: Cardiff to Bristol

Lord Nelson successfully docked in Bristol at midday on Wednesday 17 May, having set sail from Cardiff the previous Sunday. The journey was undertaken in pretty difficult conditions with far too much rain for the crews’ liking. That said, the experience for those on-board was unforgettable.

On arrival in Bristol, work was undertaken to get the vessel ship shape for an event that evening. 60 invited guests, made up of local clients, professionals, crew family members and Barclays staff enjoyed an inspirational evening. Graham Austin, Head of SME for South West opened the event and welcomed everyone on-board. Graham was followed by Paul Fairhurst. Operations Director for Jubilee Sailing Trust commenting on the strength of the partnership with Barclays and the difference it makes to lives. Paul handed over to the ship’s captain, Barbara who gave her view on the inspirational voyages and the impact  on all those who have sailed with the Trust. To close, the audience heard from Paralympian,  Karen Westbury, who explained that she would never have been able to achieve the success she has had in shooting had it not been for the confidence that she was able to develop as part of an early crew with the Jubilee Sailing Trust.

The guests were treated to a tour of the ship and also got to experience some of the innovation Barclays has developed to support accessibility. Thankfully, having rained steadily all day, the weather improved markedly for the two hour event and the feedback received on the night was superb. Many of the guests are now keen to try and get an opportunity to sail on Lord Nelson in the future.

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