Sailors with disABILITIES

Vision, Mission & Values


Vision Statement

SWD's vision is to build optimism among disabled and disadvantaged people through the medium of sailing.


Mission Statement

Sailors with disABILITIES aims to be a national network of skilled and supportive volunteers committed to improving the lives of disabled and disadvantaged people through programs which develop interpersonal and team skills to assist them to meet life challenges with determination and optimism.

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SWD's Values

Making a difference: We have a passion for improving the lives of people with disability and who face disadvantage. 

Safety: We place the safety of our teams and program participants at the core of everything we do.

Quality: We strive to deliver high standards of performance in all aspects of our work.

Integrity: We have an absolute and unwavering commitment to operate in a manner that is ethical, trustworthy, respectful and responsible.

Collaboration: We take a collaborative approach that values input from our volunteers, program participants, partners, donors and the communities in which we operate.

Innovation: We actively seek, develop and implement new ways of undertaking and funding our service offering.

You can download and read the SWD Constitution here.


Background & Achievements:

Since its inception in 1994, SWD has taken more than 47,000 disabled and disadvantaged people sailing, and continues to build on this with more than 2,500 individuals benefiting from its programs every year.

In the 1994 Sydney to Southport yacht race, SWD was the first 100%-disabled crew in the world to compete in an ocean race.

Since 1994, SWD has competed in 20 Sydney to Hobart yacht races.

In 2003, SWD set, and still retains, the world record for the fastest non-stop, unassisted circumnavigation of Australia. 

SWD set the world record for the fastest passage Sydney – Lord Howe – Balls Pyramid – Sydney in 2015. 


You can be a part of the transformation by: