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2019 Making Waves Rally Results & Recap

On Friday March 8th Sailors with disAbilities held our 3rd annual Making Waves Rally at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. A fun and spirited day was had by all with just a hint of competitiveness to spice up the day!

Sydney Harbour put on glorious weather for us, with perfect race conditions out on the water. We had a great 15 kn nor’easter, which made for some fun sailing conditions and a thrill for our guests.

The 10 yachts taking part in the Rally were divided into two Divisions based on size, with 5 yachts in Division A, and 5 yachts in Division B. A huge Congratulations to our Overall & Division A Winners on "Sydney" Skippered by Charles Curran with Survitec, and also to Skipper Niel Burling in Baltic Lady for taking out Division B along with Kevin Mendes group Team McGrath!

SWD’s Roving Reporter Renee was on board our yacht Kayle, with corporate guests from the Diocese of Parramatta and says “For some reason, once we left the dock, I didn’t have any more requests for snacks or bottles of champagne from our guests up on deck. It may have had something to do with our crew getting them involved with hoisting sails, pulling sheets, and having a crash-course in how to sail”, laughed Renee. “Afterwards, we were thrilled to hear that this was the best team building exercise they had done together. AND that they’ll be going back to tell one of the bosses that his team should come next year too so that they can race each other.”

Division A winning skipper Charles Curran accepts the trophey from SWD CEO David Pescud, and Award Presenter Simon Marnie (ABC Sydney broadcaster) 

Division A winners are grinners! Survitec

SWD CEO David Pescud and awards presenter Simon Marnie congratulate winners of Division B - Baltic Lady, skippered by Niel Burling and crewed by McGrath Estate Agents

Congratulations McGrath Estate Agents Edgecliff - winners of Division B

A huge thanks to the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia for their wonderful location and everyone enjoyed another magical Seafood Paella & some live entertainment on the front deck.

The raffle winners were as follows - 

1st prize - Vivid Cruise was won by Justin Atkinson Part of the Corporate group Aleksandar Projects (
2nd - CrewSaver PFDs (donated by Survitec Group) was won by Brett Pelham (who was Skipper on Solveig II)
3rd - TFE Hotel Group, Rushcutter's Vibe Hotel - Mark Walsh who just attended the After party 
(actually was a random at the CYCA, talking to a group of whom participated in MWR and bought a raffle)
4th - $500 worth Zhik wet weather gear - Glenn Lee who was part of Duscep group - Solveig II
(actually was a random at the CYCA, talking to a group of whom participated in MWR and bought a raffle)
5th - $300 worth Car Servicing (donated by Edgecliff Automotive) Jon Marriott Part of the Corporate group Diagnostic Radiation
A huge thank you to every one who took part in the day, volunteered and sponsored our event. We hope you will all join us again in 2020!

Survitec onboard Sydney 

Division A, tied in third place - Duende, skippered by Damien Parkes and crewed by the Aleksandar Projects Design Group

Division B, Fourth Place - Martini, skippered by Josh Thatcher and crewed by Edgecliff Automotive

Division A, Fifth Place - SWD Kayle, skippered by Mike Muir and crewed by Diocese of Parramatta


Solange skippered by Andrew King 

The National Pump & Energy Crew 

  We look forward to seeing you again for 2020's Rally.

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