I couldn't believe it when David invited me to join his team on Wot Eva to compete in the Sydney to Southport race. It was epic!!
I was so anxious leading up to the race, but once we got going, it was one of the most exhilarating experiences I have been a part of. The conditions for the race were perfect. With southwesterly winds to 25 knots, the boat certainly gets up and goes! Wow! It is an extremely fast yacht. After the race, I did the numbers and we had speeds up to 50km/h!Read more
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!Read more
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…Read more
Guy remembers his second Try Sail day as a standout day where he learned about how small things can bring great pleasure to those facing a major disability.Read more
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.Read more
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.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Today I had a beautiful little boy who was profoundly deaf as well as autistic who touched my heart and my soul. He sat on the rail watching the water and all it's hues of colours. Then he discovered my hands were different because I had sailing gloves on. He spent the best part of 40 minutes studying and feeling the difference between the the different fabrics on them. I wear these gloves everyday and haven't really taken much notice but today I did!Read more
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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.Read More
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…Read More
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.Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More