Photo by Dallas Kilponen
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Member for Wentworth, has congratulated all involved in the inaugural Sailors with disABILITIES (SWD) ‘Making Waves Regatta’.
“I want to congratulate the winners and all participants for their tremendous effort, but I also want to acknowledge the hard work and support of everyone involved in making this event happen.
Earlier in March, businesses, NGOs, community groups and volunteers from across Sydney gathered at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) to take part in this much-awaited event.
Sailing from the CYCA, the first regatta held by the 23-year-old organisation helped raise essential funds for children with a disability, and those who face adversity across Australia.
This year SWD has welcomed more than 2,200 children on board its programs which operate up and down the east coast of Australia this year.
The Regatta included a dozen yachts supplied by their owners and purchased by companies who brought their teams on board for a day of fun and exciting sailing.
Sailing a course twice around key landmarks on Sydney Harbour, the boats raced from 2 – 4pm, returning to the CYCA for an award ceremony hosted by ABC’s Simon Marnie.
Line Honours was taken by Wild Thing, followed closely by Sydney and SWD’s WOT EVA.
Participants from the Dyslexia Association of Australia and Ability Options were among the teams that sailed on the boats, some for the very first time.
“I’ve never sailed on a racing boat before,” said one boy from the Dyslexia Association of Australia, sailing on Wild Thing.
“It was heaps of fun leaning over and getting up close to the other yachts. We won!,” he said.
SWD founder, David Pescud, who sailed in the event said that the aim of SWD is to show everyone that disabled people can successfully manage a sailing regatta on Sydney Harbour.
“We are so grateful for all the businesses and all our volunteers from across Sydney who came to help and make the day an incredible success,” he said.
For more information on how to get involved visit www.sailorswithdisabilities.com