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We launch our inaugural Making Waves Regatta on Friday, March 10, from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia at New Beach Road, Darling Point.
The Regatta will raise essential funds for children with disability and those who face adversity across Australia, adding to the 44,000 children who have come on board SWD programs over the past 23 years.
Famous ocean racers and more than 200 professionals from several of Australia’s leading businesses and the yachting community will compete for the Regatta trophy.
Two charities, Dyslexia Association of Australia and Ability Options, will also fill out some of the crews on board the boats.
SWD founder David Pescud said: “SWD is at it again, making waves and setting another first in the Making Waves Regatta. We aim to show everyone that disabled people can successfully manage a sailing regatta on Sydney Harbour.
“Why? Not only to show that we can but because SWD needs to raise funds to run its programs. In the process, we will again create optimism and show that people with disabilities are as able as everyone in society.”
“The more funds we raise, the more children we can welcome on board to experience our life changing sailing programs. Over 20 yachts have been generously donated to the event and will race on Sydney Harbour from 2 pm.”
David Pescud will attend the regatta together with more than 30 of SWD’s regular disabled and able-bodied volunteers.
The race starts at 2 pm and finishes around 4 pm, with a Skippers’ briefing from 12.15 at the CYCA. Prizes and awards will be handed out after 4 pm with an official speech at 5 pm.