Sailors with disABILITIES

Racing History

sailors with disabilites yacht racing sydney to hobart

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.

The Sailors with disABILITIES team continued on in the 1996 Sydney to Hobart but we unfortunately broke our boom and had to retire.

1997 was a good year but we didn't get on the dais, by this time we were sailing with a mixed crew of disabled and abled people.

1998 a treacherous race saw us 9th over the line and 1st in divisional handicap. These races were sailed on an Adams 16.2m yacht "Carpe Diem", owned by David Pescud.

1999 Sailors with disABILITIES did not participate in the Sydney to Hobart as the time was spent building the new yacht.

2000 withdrew from Sydney to Hobart with a rigging problem and, within a week, pulled the mast out and entered the Sydney to Coffs Harbour Race and won!

2001 mid fleet finish in Sydney to Hobart

2002 place in division in Rolex Sydney to Hobart

2003 Sailors with disabilities, sponsored by KAZ computing group, spent the year attaining two world records:

  1. The world record for a non stop, unassisted circumnavigation around Australia by a monohull.
  2. The world record by a disabled crew for a non stop, unassisted circumnavigation around Australia in 37 days.... and 1 hour.

The seven crew were Al Grundy (polio), Kim Jaggar (amputee), Brett Pearce (spina bifida), Harald Merlieb (hearing impaired) Phil Thompson (amputee) Albert Lee (double amputee) and our dyslexic skipper David Pescud.

2004 Withdrew from Rolex Sydney to Hobart

2005 Mid fleet finish Rolex Sydney to Hobart

2006 Pulled out of Rolex Sydney to Hobart with rudder failure

sailors with disabilites yacht racing sydney to hobart2007 Won division and Division overall in Rolex Sydney to Hobart

2008 8th in Division Rolex Sydney to Hobart

2009 2nd in Division Rolex Sydney to Hobart.  Watch the doco.

2010 Retired due to boat failure

2011 Unable to compete, boat being repaired

2012 26th place, room for improvement!

2013 We raced Hobart with the support of hundreds of people on the hull through www.faceboat.org.au - you can read David Pescud's round up of the race here  Racing Crew

2014 20th in Line Honours Rolex Sydney - Hobart

2015 41st in Line Honours Landrover Sydney to Gold Coast Yacht Race

2015 Fastest time recorded Sydney to Sydney via Lord Howe Island world record

2015 42nd in Line Honours Rolex Sydney - Hobart

2016 22nd in Line Honours Landrover Sydney to Gold Coast Yacht Race

 

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