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Yacht KayleKayle racing yacht sailors with disabilities

  • Our principle program delivery boat is a purpose built for disabled people 54ft 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.
  • When racing, a crew of up to 16 is on board, but when cruising, Kayle can easily cater for 25 crew and passengers.
  • Moored at CYCA, Rushcutters Bay, NSW, Australia.
  • MWF also has access to a range of boats for our programs in Sydney and along the east coast of Australia.


Winning team

Since the launch of Kayle in 2000 and of MWF in February 1994, our key achievement has been to provide over 20,000 disabled people and their carers with an on board sailing experience.

For those disabled sailors who wish to compete at the elite level, Kayle has an impressive list of achievements including:

  • 2010 Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta 2nd
  • 2009 Rolex Sydney to Hobart 2nd in Division
  • 2009 Audi Winter Series- 3rd overall
  • 2007 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race - division winner, 20th overall
  • 2007 Audi Sydney to Mackay race - divisional winner
  • 2006 Audi Sydney to Mackay race - divisional winner
  • 13 consecutive Sydney to Hobart races
  • 1998 Sydney to Hobart - divisional winners, 9th overall (one of the few to finish)
  • 2003 World Record - non stop, unassisted circumnavigation of Australia in 37 days 1 hr



It is a no compromise yacht designed by David Lyons some statistics are:

  • Designer: David Lyons
  • Year Built: 2000
  • Length (LOA) : 16.2m
  • Waterline Length : 13.426m
  • Beam : 4.3m
  • Draft : 3.3m
  • 5 tonne bulb keel
  • Displacement : 9,700kg
  • Weight : 10 ton
  • Water Ballast Capacity : 1300 litres
  • Mast height : 28m
  • 2.5m rudder
  • 7m boom
  • J 6.2m
  • Number of winches : 7
  • Maximum speed : 26.57kts 2008 S2H (08 S2H max wind 42 knots)
  • Engine capacity : 48hp Bukh turbo diesel
  • Racing crew : up to 16
  • Berths : 10
  • Personal EPIRBs : 16 PLB (406MHz)
  • Communication system - VHF, HF, Sat phone and Next G
  • Computers: Toshiba and IBM Laptops for Navigation, weather and email communication
  • 2 computers running on board (however for the documentary "DisAbled Bodied Sailors" we had 3)kayle sailors with disabilities
  • Silva instruments - 6 strings of info at the mast and another 4 strings at the steering stations
  • 2 GPS running at all times
  • Power consumption is 7 amps per hour which means we have to charge our batteries twice a day for 1.5 hours
  • Fuel range capacity - 160 litres at 2.5ltrs per hour @ 7.5knots
  • 130 litres of fresh water is stowed in 2 stainless steel tanks
  • 50 litres of emergency fresh water
  • 2 first aid kits- 1 day kit and 1 Category 1 AYF safety kit
  • Smoke, orange, parachute and white flares
  • Safety harnesses and Personal Floatation Devices (PFD) for all crew + spares
  • 4 burner gas stove and oven
  • 100 litre freezer
  • 16 man life raft
  • Every crew has their own 406 EPIRB (provided) and a bum bag containing a disposable knife, a small torch, cyalume sticks, sea dye, a bright fluro cap and several empty wine bladders.

Why? It is proven that the fluoro cap will be seen far better, night or day, to improve search and rescue in the event of a MOB (man overboard). As for the empty wine bladders? A versatile little personal floatation device.



All meals are precooked and frozen in individual foil trays then re-heated in the oven and served during watches.



The crew mostly wear shorts and t-shirts, non-slip shoes, good gloves and a secure cap or hat to sail. In colder climates, thermals are the 1st layer, a fleecy mid-layer, then specially-designed quality wet-weather gear. It doesn't matter if you're wet, but you must stay warm.



All the crew has certified sea survival training. A lot of the crew has senior first aid training, a radio operator's licence, and a good working knowledge of the yacht and the technology required to save lives. Man overboard drills and all aspects of safety, in harbour and offshore, are part of our daily routine. Yachting is a great sport, but needs to be carried out in a safe environment.



Offshore, the boat carries a life raft for 16 people. Our crew numbers range from 12-16 people, depending on circumstances. A Sydney to Hobart race (640 NM) will traditionally see 13 -14 people on board, while a Sydney to Southport race (shorter at 380 NM and part of our training program), will see up to16. However, the number of people on board for our Winds of Joy, Winds of Change, or Winds of Care programs, and corporate days or twilight racing on the harbour and in closed waters can go as high as 20.



Making Waves Foundation has been very fortunate over the last 18 years of our existence. We have had great sponsorship from Aspect Computing, KAZ, NRMA Insurance, Australian Sports Foundation, 3M, Brokenwood Wines, Scomar, FGI, David Lyons Yacht designs and Comtech. Over the years, there have also been very generous donations from private individual donors.


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