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A program has blown into Coffs Harbour for sailors living with a disability.
‘Winds of Joy’ brings the thrill of the high seas to those who may never have experienced it.
Watch the coverage here.
This year marks the 20th Sailors with disABILITIES adventure along the Queensland and New South Wales coasts. Read about our Coffs Harbour adventures here.
On Monday 14th August, the not-for-profit group will begin its 20th journey north from Sydney, with hundreds of young people sailing to Coffs Harbour and Newcastle on a 16-metre racing yacht designed to hold wheelchairs and accommodate people with various disabilities. Please read more here.
Watch SWD volunteers on Channel 7's The Daily Edition on April 5. Watch it here.
Watch the clip when ABC Tasmania came on board for SWD's outreach program in Hobart in 2017. Click play on the video below or watch it here.
"Tasmanian children with disabilities are getting the chance to challenge themselves at sea, thanks to a Sydney-based charity. Sailors With Disabilities is back in Hobart for the second time, running its Winds of Joy sailing program." Read the whole story here.
7 News Mackay hopped on board with Mackay North SHS and Sailors with disABILITIES. Watch the news report in this video:
Watch the video here.
By Docklands News: "A new program launched in Docklands last month aims to give disabled and disadvantaged children the chance to experience sailing."
Listen to the full, inspiring interview here: Felicity Ogilvie interviews Sailors with disABILITIES on board KAYLE in Hobart. "The sails are going up as a boatload of teenage boys from Hobart start their trip on the Derwent River. One by one the boys get a chance to take the helm, while crew members from Sailors with Disabilities explain how to steer."
Sails Magazine: Sailors with disABILITIES has just launched its first Winds of Joy program in Hobart, which started Monday 15th of February, expanding its national outreach program to Tasmania.
Australian Financial Review: Four days of gruelling racing awaits Sailors with disABILITIES in this year's Sydney-to-Hobart race.
Cruising Yacht Club of Australia: Sailors with disABILITIES skipper David Pescud and his crew return through Sydney Heads and plan to reach the Opera House around 2.30pm today after attempting a world record passage from Sydney to Lord Howe Island.
"HUNDREDS of Hunter kids with disabilities will get to try their hand at sailing in a world record-holding yacht which has docked in Newcastle Harbour thanks to an annual campaign."
Families Supporting Families and Sailors with Disabilities. What an amazing opportunity for some of our committee and members to enjoy.
"Aspiring young sailors hit the high seas on board a 54 foot Sydney to Hobart racer today. Sailors With Disabilities is a charity providing free training programs for children with a disability and their carers."
An interview available as #Podcast on Simon Marnie's Sunday Brunch program with SWD founder David Pescud. You can listen to the podcast in the link below.
"David Pescud is the founder of Sailors with disABILILITIES. He established the not for profit organisation after he'd sold his business and was boat building with a mate. It all started when he heard a wheelchair bound person on the radio, wishing he'd could participate in the Sydney to Hobart. It chimed with David as his next challenge and twenty two years ago SWD was formed."
"After two decades changing lives by empowering disabled and disadvantaged people to take to and take on the high seas, Sailors with disABILITIES founder David Pescud knows the job is far from over." Story by Simon King in The Australian, 17th July, 2015.
Greg is a 50-year-old sailor from Newcastle who one year ago stepped back onto the carousel of sailing and has since redefined what it takes to be a successful individual. Read the full story here at CYCA Member Reignites Passion For Sailing.
SWD volunteer Thomas "Gordon" Reid was honoured in the 2015 Queens Birthday Honours list and mentioned in the The Daily Telegraph Hills News.
SIX students from the Inverell High School Clontarf Academy set sail on Sydney Harbour from in the last week of April.
SIX students from the Inverell High School Clontarf Academy set sail on Sydney Harbour from in the last week of April.
In The Herald Sun on 10 March, 2015: "A group from the Southern Autsitic School are among those who set sail on the 50 foot ocean racing yacht."
Greg Pugh is currently racing in the Rolex Sydney-Hobart event, which began December 26. He is racing on “Wot Eva” a TP52 owned and operated by Sailors with disABILITIES. You can learn more about the organization at: http://www.sailorswithdisabilities.com/wot-eva-new. Greg Pugh (GP) was kind enough to take time to answer questions posed by Oceans of Hope, as he traveled to Sydney for the start of the race.
"As the crews of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race gear up for another gruelling contest this Boxing Day, there's one crew with an even more ambitious goal than just getting to Tasmania in good time.
The 'WOT EVA' boat, now in its twentieth year of competing, is partly crewed by a team of people with disabilities."
"Hunter Valley member of the 'Sailors with Disabilities' crew, Brett Whiteley, says the team is ready for their Sydney-to-Hobart yacht race challenge on Boxing Day.
Whiteley, a double amputee after a road accident at Cessnock last year, admits he has had some butterflies in his stomach in the lead-up to the race.
The Singleton sailor is one of 14 crew on the yacht, 'Wot Eva', skippered by David Pescud.
Whiteley said the crew are well rehearsed for the race after spending time getting to know the yacht."
When Greg was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2008 he thought his life was over. He was always a keen sailor but after he got MS he took it off his radar. Receiving a Go For Gold Scholarship from MS in September has been a huge boost for Greg – it has enabled him to purchase necessary sailing essentials for the Sydney to Hobart Race and also for the upcoming Oceans of Hope he’s involved in next year. The scholarship also covers some of his travelling expenses from Newcastle to Sydney.
This year, Greg joins the SWD crew on their journey down to Hobart as part of the annual Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. We are proud to be working and sailing alongside Greg, and we know that he will do us all proud!
Go For Gold Scholarship:
Make sure you also check out the MS Australia Website!
Our fantastic crew are primed and ready to go for the Sydney Hobart Race kicking off on December 26!
"There comes a point between the Sydney Heads and the Derwent when differences are thrown overboard. That is particularly the case aboard David Pescud’s boat Wot Eva. For the 20th year in a row, Pride of Australia medal recipient Mr Pescud is gearing up to take a crew of disabled and able-bodied sailors on the Sydney to Hobart.
“It’s just you, the wind, the waves and your team,” he said."
This is a Wonderful article from the Sydney Morning Herald about one of the SWD Sydney Hobart 2014 crew members, Brett Whiteley!
"Like hundreds of other rookies preparing for the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, Brett Whiteley is frantically gathering his list of essential items for the 628-nautical mile ocean classic that starts on Boxing Day. But as well as the wet weather gear, sun protective clothing, seasickness tablets and sunglasses, Mr Whiteley has a couple of more unusual items for his kit bag – a $100,000 prosthetic leg and a $30,000 prosthetic arm."
We love to share the inspiring story of how David founded SWD and has worked tirelessly to change perceptions, lives and dreams!
"Mr Pescud has won the National Pride of Australia Inspiration Medal after his tireless work to show that disabled people can take their place amongst the able-bodied through the organisation he founded, Sailors with disABILITIES.
He established the first crew of disabled sailors to enter the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race — some have one leg, spina bifida or paralysis — one year, his skipper was blind.
And last night, at the national Pride of Australia ceremony at Sydney’s Town Hall, his work was recognised."
This is the official list of entrants into the upcoming Sydney Hobart Yacht Race! Super excited to see our name down for another year!
FOR two decades NSW sailor David Pescud has removed boating barriers for more than 3000 people with disabilities keen to take to the water.
We are so thankful for David winning the Pride of Australia medal! What a great feather in the cap for SWD, and a wonderful acknowledgement of the difference that David has made.
"For two decades, the sailor has removed boating barriers for thousands of people with disabilities or those in difficult circumstances to take to the water.
He was recognised for his inspirational work at the 2014 Pride of Australia ceremony on Thursday night.
“I felt really humbled. I believe everyone is a winner because the other people that were there do amazing things,” Mr Pescud, 67, said."
With the support of ACT, crowd-sourced banking model, kids from Kurrambee School sail on Sydney Harbour, published in the Penrith City Gazette.
Brett Whiteley has an amazing story that we at SWD have been proud to be a part of this past year!
"A year ago, Brett Whiteley's life changed completely when he lost an arm and a leg in a motorcycle accident. Since then, he has been embracing the challenges involved in adjusting to life without two of his limbs.
Blessed with an unflappable attitude, Brett's discovered a whole new appreciation for life – so he's the ideal role model for this year's Don't DIS my ABILITY campaign."
We are proud to share this great feature on David Pescud and SWD from Time Out!
We have been excited to launch our new crowdfunding campaign and give our supporters a chance to help us out with a gift large or small that can change a young sailor's life!
"A world-first crowd-sourced banking model called act. is helping disabled students from a Werrington school go sailing on Sydney Harbour.
On November 25, the students from Kurrambee School joined with people from Sailors with disABILITIES, one of 10 Australian organisations to benefit from act. funding."
Hunter Valley member of the 'Sailors with Disabilities' crew, Brett Whiteley, says the team is ready for their Sydney-to-Hobart yacht race challenge on Boxing Day.
A Singleton man who survived a serious road accident 12 months ago has been named as an ambassador for year's 'Don't DIS my Ability' campaign. Read the full story.
One year ago, Brett Whitely was severely injured in a motorcycle crash. Just twelve months later, he's been named as an ambassador for the Don't DIS myABILITY campaign. Read the full story.
Windcraft’s MD Peter Hrones said he ”felt like Father Christmas” his week as he handed over the keys of a brand new Hanse 345 yacht to raffle winner John Scott and a cheque for $174,550.37 to David Pescud the founder of Sailors with disABILITIES (SWD). Read the full story.
Windcraft's MD Peter Hrones said he 'Felt like Father Christmas' this week as he handed over the keys of a brand new Hanse 345 yacht to raffle winner John Scott and a cheque for $174,550.37 to David Pescud the founder of Sailors with disAbilities (SWD). Read the full story.
SWD Volunteer Ian Wyard talks to Marni Roper about how to get involved and what SWD has done for Ian. Check it out below and make sure you connect with us on social media to let us know what you think!
DAVID Pescud established the first crew of disabled sailors to enter the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Listen to the interview.
WINNERS included David Pescud who took out the Inspiration Medal for his work founding Sailors with disABILITIES. Read the full story.
NEWCASTLE may have been the last port on the Sailors with Disabilities busy east coast itinerary but there was still plenty of enthusiasm left in the tank when the charity's flagship Faceboat arrived yesterday. Read the full story.
Ryan Shayler Rouvray climbs on board Kayle. Read the story.
Ryan Shayler Rouvray climbs on board Kayle. Read his story.
KRISTI Foster says Sailors with Disabilities saved her life - it's as simple as that. Read the article
Jacquie meets Gordon Smith and Kristi Foster as well as a few of the Glenmore High School students. Listen to the story.
Kristi Foster is helping to spread the message as a volunteer with the group that helped her, Sailors With disABILITIES (SWD). Read the article.
Meet some of the inspiring team behind an initiative called 'Sailors with disABILITIES'. Listen to the story.
Bayview's Team Windcraft Offers Amazing Grace - A Hanse 345 to Support Sailors With DisABILITIES. Read the article.
Sydney International Boat Show Boat Raffle When you buy a raffle ticket you could win your own boat. You’re also supporting Sailors with disABILITIES. Read the article.
Five years later, the program that allows disabled people an often inaccessible experience has not only saved her life, she says, but helped her walk again.
Ms Foster, who broke her back on a trampoline when she was 21 and 16 weeks later broke back and neck in a car accident, had all but given up on walking.
“At 35 I was told the medications were shortening my life and I decided right there and then I wanted to live ... but no one could tell me how,” said Ms Foster, a mother of two.
“How can you just one day miraculously ditch 35 medications a night and 80mg of morphine four-hourly and magically lose 50kg...
PREMIER Mike Baird made a special trip to The Spit this week to christen a yacht named after one amazing woman. Wheelchair-bound Grace Kennedy, who has spina bifida, was 19 when she tackled the Sydney To Hobart yacht race as part of the Sailors with disABILITIES crew last year.
Now, as a tribute to her strength, Miss Kennedy has a beautiful 34ft Hanse yacht named Amazing Grace in her honour. Mr Baird joined Miss Kennedy at the Middle Harbour Yacht Club on Friday afternoon to officially christen the impressive boat.
“Grace is an amazing and inspirational person and it was a privilege to name a new 34ft in her honour,” Mr Baird said. “She is a determined and dedicated individual who has not let being in a wheelchair slow her down.”
Grace’s mum Nicki said she was overwhelmed by the grand gesture. “It gave us all such a thrill and I was so incredibly proud to see Grace with the Premier and being a part of it all,” Mrs Kennedy said.
Valued at more than $250,000, Amazing Grace will now be raffled, and money raised will be donated to aid Sailors with disABILITIES.
"The wind was rough as they sailed to Hobart, so David Pescud was a bit distracted when a crew member proudly announced a personal best.
“And what’s that mate?” he asked. “He said, ‘Well, I just got my clothes on, got my wet-weather gear on, fastened my harness and got up on deck in 43 minutes’.”
Like that young man, most members of Mr Pescud’s crews are disabled. Some have one leg, Spina Bifida or paralysis. One year, his skipper was blind... read the full article here
A NEW yacht that touched water for the first time at Bayview Marina yesterday is up for grabs in a charity raffle.
Christened Amazing Grace, the 34-foot Hanse yacht is valued at $261,900.
It will be raffled for charity Sailors With disABILITIES at $100 a ticket... read the full article here
Marcus Blackmore calls on all sailors to support Windcraft's raffle for Sailors with disABILITIES.
Avid sailor and Chairman of Blackmores Ltd, Marcus Blackmore has called on all sailors to support the Windcraft Group's second Hanse yacht raffle.
The prize is a brand new Hanse 345 yacht (total prize value over $250,000) and the raffle will raise significant funds for Sailors with disABILITIES (SWD)... read the full article here
A 15-year-old boy called Jordan has just taken the helm of a high-powered ocean racing yacht.
It’s a sunny weekday on Sydney Harbour and a light breeze is pushing along the TP-52 as we head for Taronga Zoo.
The boat is owned by the charity Sailors with disABILIITIES, and Jordan is one of four disabled children on board from St George School in Kogarah... read the full article here
DEBILITATING pain that left Kristi Foster switching from crutches to wheelchair and back for many years become mostly a thing of the past after a chance encounter in 2009... read the full article here
Kristi Foster Owes Her Life to Sailing. Mysailing.com.au Mention Foster, SWD.
Team Windcraft on Board with Sailors with disABILITIES. Australian Sailing + Yachting. Mention Pescud, Windcraft, SWD.
Inspirational Sailor. Today Show, Channel Nine. Mention Kennedy, Pescud, SWD.
Adventure puts wind in teenager's sails. South Coast Register. Mention Kennedy, SWD, Rolex Sydney Hobart.
As Is The Custom. Offshore Magazine. Mention Pescud, Kennedy, SWD, Rolex Sydney Hobart. >