Sailors with disABILITIES

Our Sponsors


RFD Australia P/L

RFD is proud to be a sponsor of SWD. RFD MD Mark Barker is an active sailor at the CYCA where the SWD boat is berthed.

Prior to becoming involved as a sponsor, Mark personally spent time on the SWD boat and helped out as a crewman on several occasions.

"Having experienced the wonderful work of the SWD people, in particular the compassionate and thoughtful way that they work with the disabled sailors, I was very comfortable for RFD to move forward and become involved as a sponsor."

Safety is an integral aspect of SWD. RFD recognised that both adults and children with disabilities need a heightened level of awareness, and the appropriate RFD equipment to ensure their personal safety.

RFD have willingly partnered with SWD and generously provide us with an extensive range of RFD safety equipment. RFD Website 

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Woolwich Dock 

A huge thank you to the Oatley family for supporting the Wright of Passage Youth Program by providing SWD with a place to house the Wooden Boat while the youth undertake the repairs and restoration work.

Team Windcraft

Windcraft sells the best yachts in the world, penned by the best yacht designers in the world.Windcraft is your one-stop shop for yacht sales. Their large range gives you exceptional choice. Choose from Hanse,  Moody, Dehler, Solaris and Shipman. Experienced Sales Teams in Australia and New Zealand. Their experienced yacht sales team are passionate about yachts and yachting… and passionate about making sure you choose the right yacht for you. If you choose the right yacht you’ll enjoy wonderful times on the water.

Team Windcraft Website






AFLOAT was first published in November 1989 as Sydney AFLOAT. The inaugural issue contained 32 pages and had articles by Ian Kiernan (founder of Clean Up Australia and 1994 Australian of the Year), Captain Chaos (who still writes the Galley Gourmet column) and Tony Cable (the self-proclaimed world’s best port-runner winch-hand). Robin Copeland has been Editor since the first issue. The Publishers are a husband and wife team – Suzy Bekkedahl (originally from California) and Peter Webb (born and bred in Sydney).

AFLOAT Website






National Pump & Energy

National Pump & Energy (NPE) is proud to be a major sponsor of SWD. NPE delivers Australia’s most modern pump, power generation and compressed air fleet, along with a complete range of consulting, project, labour and specialist services to the mining, oil and gas and construction industries, with the highest levels of expertise and professionalism.

“National Pump & Energy is extremely proud to support Sailors with disABILITIES in this newly formed partnership” NPE Director Rod Hayes.

Visit NPE website here


Our Supporters


Cruising Yacht Club of Australia

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) is Australia's premier yacht club and home to what is considered yachting's 'Everest' - the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

Cruising Yacht Club of Australia website

Cruising Yacht Club of Australia







City of Melbourne

The City of Melbourne is the local government authority for central Melbourne and the surrounding suburbs. They support SWD in Melbourne by providing a free berth at Docklands.

City of Melbourne website


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Marine Safety Works

Marine Safety Works aims to provide assistance to all yacht owners, both in sail and power, to improve safety awareness, and to ensure safety compliance with relevant safety regulations at all times. It is a ‘one stop shop’ for all safety management needs for recreational and small commercial yacht owners and businesses.

Marine Safety Works website


Marine Safety Works

Ability Options

Ability Options provide a wide range of services to people with disability living in New South Wales. These services bring independence to the people we support, enhance their lifestyles and allow the community to be enriched from working, supporting, befriending and advocating for people with disability.

Our Mission: Ability Options will support people who need assistance to achieve their aspirations and inclusion in the community.

Our Vision: Service Excellence: Ability Options are committed to high quality staff providing excellent services - bench-marked against international standards and best practice.

Ability Options Website



P&L Corporate Communications

P&L Corporate Communications has built long-term relationships with major corporate clients since it was established in May 2007 by Ian Pemberton and David Lording. As a specialised financial communications firm, P&L provides personal, in-depth service to each client. P&L's attention to every aspect of a transaction, along with their unrivalled access to reporters, columnists and editors, has allowed them to work with many of the best known companies in Australia and overseas.

P&L Corporate Communications Website



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Royal Prince Edward Yacht club 

Located on Felix Bay at Point Piper in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, the Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club was formed in 1922 by a group of keen Sydney Harbour sailors. It is a private yacht club with membership by invitation only.

Members are primarily keelboat sailors and a group of Masters level dinghy enthusiasts.



Women who sail Australia

A group for women who are involved with boats and love the ocean.

Womens Keel Boat Regatta 

Vision is for all women to explore, participate in and thrive at competitive keelboat sailing



SailTime offers an innovative new approach to sailing and boat ownership that makes it easier, quicker and more economical for aspiring or experienced skippers to take the helm of a beautiful, well-equipped sail or powerboat.

SailTime website


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Quest Apartments

Quest Apartment Hotels has over 150 properties in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. They are located in central business districts, suburban and regional areas with close proximity to head offices, business centres and key tourist destinations.

Quest Apartments website




Anagote Pty Ltd

Anagote Pty Ltd Specialised Timbers Supplied Oregan Timber for use for the mast of the 52ft Herreshoff Ketch refurbishment for the Wright of Passage Program 

Anagote Pty Ltd Website

Distinctive Timbers 

Distinctive Timbers Mill Dry and Stock Select Grade Timbers. Distinctive Timbers very kindly donated timber for use in SWD's Wright of Passage Youth Program for the refurbishing of a timber 53ft Herreshoff ketch  

Distinctive Timbers Website 


Norglass have very generously donated materials for use in our Wright of Passage Youth Program


Proudly Australian and privately owned, since 1998. Built has grown to be a national diversified general contractor and one of Australia’s largest private construction groups. We’ve built our reputation on being the most responsive, client focused partner in the industry with extensive Tier 1 and large corporation experience.

Australian Wooden Boat Festival 

Thank you to the team at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival in assisting SWD to get our Youth from the Wright of Passage Youth Program on their way to Tasmania to attend the festival.

Searoad Logistics Tasmania 

Thank you to Searoad Logistsics in Tasmania, who transported donated timbers from Tasmania to Sydney for SWD at no charge.

ASX Thomson Reuters Charity Foundation.

A Charity Foundation raising funds for Australian based children’s, disability and medical research charities via some of corporate Australia's most anticipated fund-raising events.


Bob Scott Marine Trimming

0418 160 249

Bob donated his time and his skills to assist with the restoration of the Wright of Passage Mercator 

Bainbridge International

Donation of fabric during restoration of Wright of Passage Mercator

Duwa Joinery Leichhardt

Phone: (02) 9560 4050

Dennis Doyle installed and fitted out the cabin of Wright of Passage Mercator