Sailors with disABILITIES
Name: George Johnstone

Nickname: George
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Age: 48
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Lives: Central Coast

Disability: Able-bodied

Career: Engineer

Likes: Sailing

Dislikes: None to speak of

Joined SWD: 2004

Position on Yacht: Second in Command (2IC)

Summary of Sailing Experience: A dingy club racer in his teen-age years, George progressed to offshore yacht sailing in Australia starting with the 1994 Sydney to Hobart race.

Over the last 20 years George has taken part in a wide range of yachting events, including the Sydney to Southport race, Finders Island, and Bird Island races.

For the last 10 years George has maintained a close involvement  with the offshore programs of SWD and has had the pleasure of competing in the last three Sydney to Hobart races on Kayle and WOT EVA.

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Talking with George about our disabled crew and sailing in the Sydney to Sydney Challenge, he said:

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“People who’ve had adversity in their life have a natural tenacity; they’re streets ahead in mental and physical toughness. And they’re flexible and adaptable. A physically challenging day for a guy with no legs is another day, whereas a rough day when the ocean suddenly turns bad for a guy used to rolling out of bed and everything working for him can be a shocker. People with disability, in our experience, not only roll with extreme and physically challenging ocean conditions, but adapt to the challenges as they do in everyday life.”

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