Sailors with disABILITIES

ALL ABOUT GRACE

Grace Kennedy was born with Spina Bifida and has been confined to a wheelchair all her life. 

In 2013, at the tender age of 19, she crewed in one of the world's toughest ocean races - the Rolex Sydney to Hobart. Here's Grace's story from that exciting milestone.

"After so much work this year and the build up to the race, I felt pretty overwhelmed at the start line, if I'm honest.

There were boats everywhere and we were racing against them! It was incredible to be part of such an iconic race at such a young age.

Once we were out of the heads and into clear water, we went East a long way before turning South.

This was a great tactic, because once we turned, we could take advantage of the 'Nemo' current and some good wind pressure and gain a great position.

My job on board is at the cockpit.

I'm either pit one or two pulling up and down head sails and spinnakers and dealing with the jib sheets when we tack." Read the whole story.

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Grace on board