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A very generous donation has added the wonderful Hanse 540 cruising boat Moksha to the SWD fleet. With her previous owner, Moksha participated in offshore and club racing and completed extensive cruising of the South Pacific.Affectionately known as the 'orange faceboat', Moksha provides a fabulous, versatile platform for a number of our programs.
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.
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.
Ninety Seven is a Farr47 that has been especially adapted to welcome people with disability on board. It will be used for SWD programs in Melbourne and wherever else it’s needed, possibly sailing to other cities or towns for the national outreach program.