Sailors with disABILITIES

SWD Celebrates 10 Years as World Record Holder

Ten Years On & Still The World Record Holder

On Saturday 22 June 2013 SWD celebrated a milestone.  SWD Members, Patron Ian Kiernan and special guests joined together to celebrate SWD as the World Record holder for Circumnavigating Australia, unassisted.  We also celebrated that 10 years on we continue be the World Record holders.

On 25 May 2003, a crew of seven disabled sailors embarked on a journey aboard Kayle, Skipper David Pescud and his crew Allan Grundy, Kim Jagger, Albert Lee, Harald Mirlieb, Brett Pearce and Phil Thompson left the comforts of everything that was familiar and began their World Record attempt to circumnavigate Australia, unassisted.  It was a big challenge and they crew had a substantial on land crew supporting them.  SWD love a challenge!!

As ex CYCA Commodore John Brooks started the official timer from South Head the crew were off and they never looked back. 

The crew spent 37 days at sea.  Jovial David Pescud jokes "we tried for 36 days, but were one hour short". 

The crew tell many stories of the trip, each has a warm smile to share and fond memories.  David remembers that each morning the Coast Guard would check on the boys "who are you, where are you coming from, where are you going to", it was a daily joy the crew would respond with "we are Kaz, from Sydney, returning to Sydney".  The Coast Guard found it entertaining.   

SWD rose to the challenge wiping a substantial 6 days, 18 hours, 6 minutes and 48 seconds off the previous world record.  The SWD Crew  team from Sailors with disABILITIES claimed a new World Record 37 days, 1 hour, 23 minutes and 7 seconds unassisted Circumnavigation of Australia. 

An elated crew were anxious to reunite with family and friends, hot showers and real fresh food. 

The But, more historic they had achieved their mission, wiping a substantial 6 days, 18 hours, 6 minutes and 48 seconds off the previous world record.  The SWD Crew proudly claimed a new World Record 37 days, 1 hour, 23 minutes and 7 seconds unassisted Circumnavigation of Australia. 

As we joined to celebrate the achievement there was no doubt, that if the boys lost the World Record tomorrow, they would do it all again.  Skipper David Pescud, spoke highly of his crew Allan Grundy, Kim Jagger, Albert Lee, Harald Mirlieb, Brett Pearce and Phil Thompson, saying “The crew, absolutely, without doubt the best 37 days of my life”.  An emotional David Pescud went on to highlight how willing his crew were to get things done in the dead of night and freezing cold “having a good time doing it... it demonstrates the capacity for people to go places,  I’ve never been before, I’ve never experienced that before, I’ve never shared that camaraderie, for them I say thank you.” 

SWD Patron Ian Kiernan commended the crew and SWD on their achievement “your real people, your taking on real challenges, and doing well at it”.

David Pescud presented the CYCA Commodore Mr Howard Piggott with the burguee that flew from Kayle all the way around Australia.  The SWD Team are proud to sail under the CYCA burguee. 

Revisit the action with a walk down memory lane, check out the 03 website click here

We invite you to visit the photo gallery of the event, click here 

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03 Crew David Pescud (Skipper), Allan Grundy, Albert Lee, Brett Pierce, Kim Jagger (from left)
Absent: Phil Thompson, Harald Mirlieb

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