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Thanks to a generous donation by wotif.com co-founder Graeme Wood, Sailors with disABILITIES have been gifted a boat; a high performance Nelson Marek designed TP52. The Sailors with disABILITIES team can now attempt to race in the IRC division, including the Sydney Hobart race, having raced in the PHS division since 1994.
On top of the racing program, Wot Eva will be used for the Training and Kids' program in NSW and QLD.
Our principle program delivery boat is a purpose built for disabled people 52ft Lyons grand prix offshore racing yacht. Kayle was designed and built in 2000 to be ergonomically sensitive to the needs of the disabled, yet in every sense of the word to be an ocean racer. Kayle can carry up to 5 wheelchairs and is accessible to any disabled person.
At the heart of the SWD Wright of Passage Program is Mercator. A donated 1974 Herreshoff Ketch, in need of repair.
Participants in the Wright of Passage Program are working to restore Mercator to her former glory and will then sail her to Hobart for the 2019 Wooden Boat Festival.
Ninety Seven, a Farr 47 has been specially modified to be accessible for the wide range of disabilities SWD works with. Raised guard rails, wheelchair restrains, and redesign of the cockpit, have made Ninety Seven a safe and inclusive vessel for all SWD participants.
Sailors with disABILITIES started in February 1994 with the 50th Sydney to Hobart Race. It was the first time a fully disabled crew had sailed in an ocean race. It was also supposed to be the last but from this event a not for profit community organisation was formed. We called it Sailors with disAbilities - a very apt name. In 1995 we took part again and achieved a 3rd in our Division.
Read more about our yacht racing history