Sailors with disABILITIES

CYCA Winter Series and Sydney Hobart 2014

Dear SWD Sailors,

2014 will be the 20th anniversary of SWD doing Sydney to Hobart Yacht races and the 70th anniversary of the event itself.  The SWD Board is proposing to run another campaign this year.  The vessel will again be Kayle and again the event will be an opportunity for SWD to highlight our Mission and our work and provide an opportunity for Sailors with disABILITIES to demonstrate Ability.

The CYCA 2014 Winter Series commences on Sunday 27April 2014.  SWD is proposing to enter Kayle and sail the series through to Sunday 13 July, after which the boat leaves for the Northern Campaign. 

We would like to encourage all aspirants for Sydney to Hobart to join the Winter Series crew for skill development, team building and to present yourselves for selection.  The Winter Series will be a vital part of the preparation for Sydney to Hobart and it is intended that some additional short offshore training will be put into the programme during the Winter Series Time Table:

Saturday May 31: 16.00 Overnight to Broken Bay and return for Sunday Winter Series start;

Saturday June 28: 16.00 Overnight to Botany Bay, Broken Bay and return to Sydney Harbour for Sunday Winter Series start.

The Winter Series runs every Sunday, so participation in as many of these events as possible for Sydney-Hobart aspirants is expected.  We want to encourage disabled sailing but crew selection will ultimately consider:

  • skills requirements and sailing abilities with safety as a priority,
    • these can be acquired through practice and attendance;
  • dedication to the boat and the team, reliability and contribution to making the programme work;
  • ability to work with and encourage crew mates;
  • ability to do the job in a given position on the boat;
  • sea, safety and survival certification and other formalities you can offer such as first aid, radio etc;
  • what can you bring and do for SWD programmes other than Sydney to Hobart;
  • your contribution to boat maintenance and management of a given portfolio within the crew;

Final selection is a way off, but we are looking now to establish a capable and dedicated base of sailors who want to achieve a successful 2014/15 racing programme.  Some positions in the crew will be filled by board nomination for safety and training requirements eg a senior technical/expert adviser to develop and maintain every one’s capabilities, and key positions where highly skilled technical ability is required such as steering, mainsail or foredeck management.

Enrolment and commitment by way of the SWD calendar is mandatory.   So join SWD, go to the calendar on the Website, nominate your events and BE THERE for yourself and SWD.

 

David Leslie

SWD Secretary and Nominal Winter Series Skipper

 

 PROPOSED WINTER SERIES RACE PROGRAMME

DATE

TIME

EVENT

OBJECTIVES

Sun   27/4/14

10.00

CYCA Ladies Day, SWD Boat prep, sail   selection, clean and maintenance.  Find   out whose keen

Prepare   boat, learn about boat basics, meet each other.

Wed   30/4/14

18.30

Racing Rules of Sailing Seminar CYCA

Education  for Senior Crew aspirants to know what they are doing.

Sun   4/5/14

10.00

CYCA Winter Series Race 1

Race   training, Crew development

Sun   11/5/14

10.00

CYCA Winter Series Race 2

Race training, Crew development

Sun   18/5/14

10.00

CYCA Winter Series Race 3

Race training, Crew development

Sun   25/5/14

10.00

CYCA Winter Series Race 4

Race training, Crew development

Sat   31/5/14

15.00

Sydney to Broken Bay

MOB TRAINING, Offshore experience and   overnight basic crew training

Sun   1/6/14

11.00

CYCA Winter Series Race 5

Race training, Crew development

Sun   8/6/14

10.00

CYCA Winter Series Race 6

Race training, Crew development

Sun   15/6/14

10.00

CYCA Winter Series Race 7

Race training, Crew development

Sun   22/6/14

10.00

CYCA Winter Series Race 8

Race training, Crew development

Sat   28/6/14

15.00

O’night sailing, Sydney to Botany Bay,   Pitwater, Sydney

Offshore experience and overnight basic   crew training

Sun   29/6/14

10.00

CYCA Winter Series Race 9

Race training, Crew development

Sun   6/7/14

10.00

CYCA Winter Series Race 10

Race training, Crew development

Sun   13/7/14

10.00

Final preparations of Kayle for Northern   Campaign, boat maintainance, sail selection and rigging, cleaning

Winter Series crew assist to handover to   Northern campaign crew

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