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Sailors with disABILITIES launched its first Winds of Joy program in Hobart on Monday 15th of February, expanding its national outreach program to Tasmania. Running for two weeks until February 26, Winds of Joy, Hobart, gave young people with disability in Tasmania the opportunity to experience the joy of sailing in a session sailing on board Kayle, a yacht designed especially for people with disabilities, able to accommodate up to 5 wheelchairs at a time.
Kayle docked at the Derwent Sailing Squadron today with stunning Hobart as the backdrop for two weeks of Winds of Joy programs
Eight schools in Hobart—over 250 children—joined SWD's national program and sailed in 20 Winds of Joy sessions over the two week pilot program.
SWD enjoyed the hospitality of Derwent Sailing Squadron who generously hosted Kayle since the finish of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and will continue to do so for the duration of the Winds of Joy program in Hobart.
Founder of SWD, David Pescud, said, “The initiative of Tim Oxley, last year, inviting SWD to present at The Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart started us thinking about extending our outreach programs to Hobart. With the warmth and support we’ve received since then, we’re already planning another outreach program for children with disability in Hobart in 2017.”
The new team of volunteers from Tasmania, and others from NSW, on board Kayle today in Hobart.
The company Kayle is currently keeping in Hobart courtesy of the Derwent Sailing Squadron.
Sailing in and around the Derwent River for children’s programs was a highlight for everyone involved with SWD.
SWD’s sailing programs are run exclusively by SWD crew volunteers, many of whom are NSW-based volunteers traveling to Hobart for the program, as well as new Tasmanian volunteers who joined SWD for the first time in Hobart. As such, the team of SWD volunteers and staff met in Hobart for volunteer orientation in preparation for the start of Winds of Joy in Hobart.
Meeting today with volunteers in Hobart, some of whom sailed in the recent RSHYR and also volunteer with SWD, and some of whom are joining SWD for the first time.
For many of the children, Winds of Joy was the first step on a journey of change in which disabilities were left onshore and new horizons opened over the course of a few hours, as the children witnessed each others’ success on deck and observe SWD volunteers crewing the boat and join in.
By the time they docked again in Sandy Bay, they realised they can experience freedom on the water, defined only by what they can do and their imagination.
The stunning backdrop suits Kayle. Tomorrow, programs begin here in Hobart.
Clockwise from front left sitting: Hoppy (Peter Hopkins, who helmed on Kayle in last year's RSHYR), PJ in red, Christina, Kathy and Ian
Jeff Casket, left, and Dave Condon.
Val, Chrissie, Mike and Greg (who sailed the last two RSHYR with SWD and many Winds of Joy programs up north and in Sydney)
David Pescud, SWD founder, addresses the volunteers who have come for orientation with SWD
Volunteers and RSHYR crew Jac Wilson and Greg Pugh's view from Kayle this evening. Photo courtesy of Greg.
We're so excited to see these new and old faces coming together for Winds of Joy HOBART for the next two weeks.
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