Day one of the the preparations for the Northern Campaign, saw lots of people turning out to sort and lug ( lots of lugging)  all the necessaries  from the "cubby", for 6 - 8 people to live on Kayle for the the duration of the Northern Campaign,  (approx 8 weeks) which is no mean feat when the boat in question is a "bare" go fast race boat!  With not even the luxury of a toilet seat! 

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Kristi has her sights set on sailing in this year’s Sydney - Hobart race. She shares her experiences of training for one of the world’s toughest yacht races…

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I have had a wonderful time with my beautiful wife but now I return to my mistress of the sea - 'Kayle'. I have swapped crisp, clean, white hotel room sheets for my 'rack' next to the navigation table.  Rain and strong winds have meant the cancellation of some try sail days and early departure plans from Mackay. Fresh crew have arrived whilst others take the rainy days to rest, clean and prepare the boat for the pending passage to Gladstone.

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Gordon Reid
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Gordon Reid's Story

Keeping up my commitment to SWD on Try Sail days gives me the satisfaction of giving back to the community and sharing some of the joy I feel at being alive in Australia. I am also extremely proud to be a part of the SWD family.

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Every single time I get on board an SWD yacht I am inspired by skippers, crew, participants, carers, mums, dads and friends. Every single one of them has a story and every single one of them teaches me something when I take the time to sit and listen. 

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Admiral Pescud has taken command whilst I take four days shore leave in Mackay to celebrate my twentieth wedding anniversary. The crew have also had some time off in the Percy Islands, to swim, explore the habitat and partake in goat stew, prepared by Ernst the self-proclaimed ‘goat man’, one of only five residents on the island.

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Susan Talty
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Susan Talty's Story

Susan is a member of SWD. Her love of sailing and a strong desire to contribute to society led her to SWD. Susan has left full time employment and is now a consultant.  Her interest and involvement with children and people with a disability spans many years and recently she was on a disability workplace Committe to meet the Disability Legislation for current and future employees.  Lucky for us, she found SWD.

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Keith Travers
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Keith Traver's Story

Volunteering is important to Keith and he likes to try and make a difference. He was encouraged to join SWD by friends already doing the same.

Keith has been with SWD four years now and is a real asset to the organisation.


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Paul Clark
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Paul Clark's Story

Paul enjoys the camaraderie of fellow SWD members like Jim in Accounts, and Al Grundy, who runs the mighty downstairs program (for those of you who don't sail this means packing sails and keeping everyone fed!). He also loves the wicked sense of humour of Ralphie.

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Bob finds it very satisfying to see the fun and joy of the young people who do "Try Sails" with SWD and at 74 he enjoys the fun and camaraderie of SWD.

Bob wants to let people still at work know that there is life after retirement: for him his SWD experience has been among the best years.

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Mark

Mark

Goode

Northern Campaign Skipper Mark says working with SWD has opened his eyes to what can be achieved. He is amazed at how an activity like sailing can benefit people so greatly, particularly those living…

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Brett

Brett

Whitely

Brett was just 44 when he lost his right arm and leg in a head-on collision with a ute. The ute was overtaking and didn't see Brett coming the other way. A few short months later, he was out racing with…

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David

David

Leslie

I have an inherited disability called CMT (Charcot Marie Toothe Syndrome) which is a neuro-muscular condition affecting mainly the legs and hands to varying degrees. I have weaknesses in my calves and…

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Grace

Grace

Kennedy

Grace Kennedy was born with Spina Bifida and has used a wheelchair for mobility all her life. In 2013, at the tender age of 19, she crewed in one of the world's toughest ocean races - the Rolex Sydney…

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David

David

D'Annunzio

David credits SWD with giving him a better appreciation of what people can achieve. Being an SWD member has shown him first-hand that the human spirit is more powerful than the body. 

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Al

Al

Grundy

I had never been on a yacht before but I realised I could put sails up, pull on ropes, and make things do things. As it turned out sailing opened up a window... which opened a door... which opened a bigger…

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Kristi

Kristi

Foster

Kristi Foster broke her back when she was just 21. Then just 16 weeks after surgery to repair her spine, she was in a car accident and broke her back and neck again.

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Kirk

Kirk

Watson

Kirk Watson is an accomplished sailor. His first sail down the Australian coast was at the tender age of 7 in a 32 foot motor sailor... and he's been on the water every spare moment since. Kirk sharpened…

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Chelsea

Chelsea

Cranfield

After participating in the Try Sail day, Chelsea came home and could not stop talking about it. It was such a wonderful time, and she felt secure and stable on the bigger boat. Every time she sees a boat…

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Mark

Mark

Thomson

Mark enjoys his association with SWD for many reasons. In his words, the crew "don't get inflated syndrome by big-noting their achievements - despite their significance." Put simply, "SWD is a really…

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