Sailors with disABILITIES

December 28


Wot Eva Jumps To 23

Wot Eva Jumps To 23

We are thrilled with our Line Honours standing this morning, as Wot Eva has soared ahead through the night and is now sitting three places ahead of her position when we signed off yesterday! By now, the crew are roughly half way to Hobart, and spirits are high. The 2014 Race has been incredible so far, and the amazing messages of support that we've received over our Facebook have really spread good cheer!

As we move further into the trek, we'll start to see the pressure mount, with now around 8 Yachts having withdrawn from the Race. However, we are confident that the good ship Wot Eva will be sticking with it to the end, and we know our crew will keep working as hard as they can to bring her sailing into Hobart!

Check out Wot Eva's rough position below!

Wot Eva's rough position 


December 27


ABC RN Breakfast: SWD/Sydney Hobart

As the crews of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race gear up for another gruelling contest this Boxing Day, there's one crew with an even more ambitious goal than just getting to Tasmania in good time.

The 'WOT EVA' boat, now in its twentieth year of competing, is partly crewed by a team of people with disabilities.

As well as being the skipper of the boat, David Pescud is the driving force behind 'Sailors with disABILITIES', an organisation that takes disabled young people out on the water throughout the year.


December 27


Wot Eva's Standing

Line Honours

What a great first day of the race! We've had some fine conditions through the night, and this morning has found Wot Eva sitting pretty in her standing at number 25! You can see the full stats here on the Rolex Sydney Hobart website!

The crew are powering on this morning, and we are anticipating a great day for sailing. We'll be posting some photos from the deck just as soon as we get them in, so stay tuned for those.


December 26


Our Launch Photos


December 26


And We're Off!

SWD's crew have now left the dock in Wot Eva


SWD's crew have now left the dock in Wot Eva and are preparing to begin the Sydney Hobart 2014 race! We will keep you updated right here on the website with photos, news and updates as we go, so make sure you keep on checking back! If you want to share messages of support to the crew, you can do so on our FacebookTwitter and Instagram pages!

Check out our Flickr gallery of the Wot Eva's crew!!

You can also view our tracker for the Wot Eve here, to see where the boat is at every point in the journey.

Lastly, to find out more information about Wot Eva, click here!


December 24


Sailors with Disabilities Ready For Syd To Hobart


Brett Whiteley

One of the best things about participating in the Sydney Hobart Race every year is the opportunity to shine the spotlight on our cause, or work, and our dedicated sailors. Check out this great piece from the ABC!

Hunter Valley member of the 'Sailors with Disabilities' crew, Brett Whiteley, says the team is ready for their Sydney-to-Hobart yacht race challenge on Boxing Day.


Whiteley, a double amputee after a road accident at Cessnock last year, admits he has had some butterflies in his stomach in the lead-up to the race.


The Singleton sailor is one of 14 crew on the yacht, 'Wot Eva', skippered by David Pescud.


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December 24


Greg's Story



When Greg was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2008 he thought his life was over. He was always a keen sailor but after he got MS he took it off his radar. Receiving  a Go For Gold Scholarship from MS in September has been a huge boost for Greg – it has enabled him to purchase necessary sailing essentials for the Sydney to Hobart Race and also for the upcoming Oceans of Hope he’s involved in next year. The scholarship also covers some of his travelling expenses from Newcastle to Sydney.

This year, Greg joins the SWD crew on their journey down to Hobart as part of the annual Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. We are proud to be working and sailing alongside Greg, and we know that he will do us all proud!


Go For Gold Scholarship:

  • Open to people with MS, of all ages, who wish to follow a dream
  • >Funds for Go For Gold Scholarships are raised by participants of the MS 24 Hour Mega Swim, which was established by Carol Cooke AM, 2012 Paralympic Gold Medallist and MS Ambassador who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998.

You can read more of Greg's amazing story here!

Make sure you also check out the MS Australia Website!


December 23


Our Sydney Hobart 2014 Crew


Our Sydney Hobart 2014 Crew

Since 1945, the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has been a symbol of courage, tenacity and Australia's long relationship with the sea. The boats that make the 1,170 km trek across difficult seas, battling against the forces of nature and the ticking clock are crewed by diverse teams of sailors, and we are proud to be among them.


- David
- George- Dara - John - Mark - Josh - Craig - Fred- Scott- Anne- Cliff- Patrick- Brett- Greg- Ian

When our crew sail our boat Wot Eva out of Sydney on December 26, we know the entire SWD family will be cheering them on and watching their progress! 

Throughout the race, we'll be tracking the crew on our FacebookTwitter and Instagram pages, and you'll be able to interact with the crew by passing messages and comments to us, check out photos from the deck and learn more about the incredible stories behind our sailors and their passion for the open sea!


December 22


Brett Whitely's Remarkable Journey of Recovery

Wot Eva - Our Sydney Hobart 2014 Boat

This is a Wonderful article from the Sydney Morning Herald about one of the SWD Sydney Hobart 2014 crew members, Brett Whiteley!

"Like hundreds of other rookies preparing for the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, Brett Whiteley is frantically gathering his list of essential items for the 628-nautical mile ocean classic that starts on Boxing Day. But as well as the wet weather gear, sun protective clothing, seasickness tablets and sunglasses, Mr Whiteley has a couple of more unusual items for his kit bag – a $100,000 prosthetic leg and a $30,000 prosthetic arm."

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December 19


SWD: The 2014 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

The 2014 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

This year, our crew will be taking Wot Eva out onto the open sea as our chosen boat for the 2014 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race! Wot Eva has been a proud part of the SWD fleet, and we are confident that she'll carry us on an inspiring voyage when we kick off on Boxing Day.

We'll be covering all the latest news from the crew and the media coverage of the race right here on our website, as well as on our FacebookTwitter and Instagram pages! If you have any comments or messages of support that you'd like us to share with the crew, you can connect with us on our social media.