Circumnavigation of the World and Conquest of Perceptions
Trevor Jones was serving as a Royal Navy helicopter pilot when a spinal
chord injury in 1988 brought a premature end to his chosen career. However
four years later he became the first quadraplegic to be awarded a flying
licence. To prove a point and raise money for charity, he flew his
specially adapted microlight solo across the channel. Thereafter he set up a
flying school for disabled people and in 1997 published his autobiography
?Walking on Air?.
Today Trevor is on the verge of his greatest challenge yet. He aims to be
the first quadraplegic to sail around the world. His yacht, Inventure, a wing
powered trimaran is nearing completion after a two and a half year rebuild.
Work undertaken includes installing a hydraulic side-lift, levelling the
deck, devising an automatic locking system for securing the wheelchair at
sea, a crane and an electric door. Below decks refurbishment includes a
steering position lift, re- housing electronic controls to make them
ergonomically accessible, and a full overhaul of dining, navigation, toilet
and shower facilities.
In preparation for the global voyage, a summer programm of trials and
crew training lies ahead. The aim is to employ several international crews
consisting of one paraplegic and two able bodied assistants, changing over
approximately every four months. Applicants are welcome to apply via
Trevor is still searching for a corporate partner to join forces in a
sponsorship arrangement, to date a support group of about five hundred
people have raised around ?300,000each through events and gifts of between
?10 and ?10,000. A further ?1 million is needed to pay off debts and get
them around the world.
After sailing around the world the ?Inventure Trust? will run Inventure as
a training platform. There being no ropes or sails to handle, even the most
severely disabled sailors will be able to experience hands on boat handling
through a varirty of electronic interfaces.