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August 2019 News Catch Up


A Message From Our General Manager  

Hello! For those of you I haven't met yet, my name is Christine Judd and I'm the new General Manager at Sailors with disABILITIES. I am delighted to be on board and look forward to contributing my years of experience in sales, marketing, and operations to ensure the success and sustainability of SWD moving forward.

My prior experience in the hospitality business has shown me how important our customers are to our success. As such, I would like to see the individuals that come out with us sailing, return to the dock with a renewed outlook on life and a sense of achievement.

SWD's goals are to continue to grow our programs, increase customer participation and our volunteer base, while obtaining funds to sustain the organisation into the future.

I look forward to working with everyone towards seeing this as a reality - Christine

Winds of Joy Travelling to QLD and Northern NSW


SWD are once again ready to embark on our annual trip north for Winds of Joy sails in QLD and NSW. Our program this year includes over 600 clients, 25 wheelchairs, and 29 different schools or organisations, across 50 sails and 5 locations. We are looking forward to another year of spreading optimism up and down the QLD and NSW coastline.

You can read more about our upcoming campaign in the August edition of the AFLOAT Magazine by clicking HERE

SWD Volunteers Recognised at the Australian Sailing Awards 


SWD was proud to have a number of our members nominated for various awards in both the Australian Sailing – Victoria, and Australian Sailing – NSW & ACT 2019 Awards. In Victoria, our Melbourne crew won the Inclusion Program of the Year Award and Denise Johnson was a finalist in the Volunteer of the Year category. In NSW, David Pescud was a finalist in the Sailor of the Year with a Disability category.

Congratulations everyone.

SWD at the ASX Refinitiv Charity Race Day


SWD would like to thank all our members and supporters who were involved in the ASX Refinitiv Charity Foundation Race Day at Rosehill Gardens Race Course. Specifically, thank you to those who purchased seats to attend on the day, and thank you to those who were involved in reaching out to sell seats. This is one of the important events on SWD's fundraising calendar, so we were glad to see the efforts culminate in a day of socializing, horse racing, entertainment, and a lovely 3-course lunch.

Thank you to our volunteer photographer on the day. You can view the photos in a FACEBOOK ALBUM

The ASX Refinitiv Charity Foundation is supporting 24 charities this financial year through a number of fundraising events - SWD is honored to be one of the benefiting charities. To find out more about the Foundation, visit their WEBSITE

Wright of Passage is Recruiting


After a successful Stage 1, which culminated in the sailing of Wright of Passage Mercator to Hobart for the 2019 MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival in February, the program is now recruiting for Stage 2.

We currently have three interested young people, and are looking for up to eight. If you know a young person, 16-25 years old, who is disconnected from learning or who has faced life challenges that has left them with less opportunity for some reason, please encourage them to look into this free-of-charge and exciting program HERE

The orientation process is set to begin in late August


Wright of Passage is also pleased to announce that we were awarded a NDIS ILC Grant, which has allowed us to employ Delilah Scott (a trainee graduate from Stage 1) as Program Coordinator. Delilah is working on creating documents and a program pathway for the future years.

Welcome Delilah!

CYCA Winter Series Racing 2019 Wrap-Up


Members of our Race Program have enjoyed several weeks of Sunday racing on Sydney Harbour for the CYCA Winter Series 2019. With the majority of the races being in light breeze, the crew were challenged to keep each manoeuvre clean and look for every tactical advantage on the race course.

SWD WOTEVA finished the series 8th place in Division A1, with the crew mentors congratulating the program's participants on their much improved team work and skill.

The team voted Duncan as the Most Improved and Most Valuable Player. Since joining our race program last year with no prior sailing experience, Duncan has shown himself to be a dedicated crew member, travelling a 450 KM return trip to attend each race, and giving 100% effort on board. Duncan is dyslexic, and his motivation in the Race Program is to show his 12 year old daughter, who also has dyslexia, that this disability isn't going to stop him from learning something new and succeeding. Duncan has been using YouTube videos to help him learn how to perform his role as a racing mastman. His involvement in the Race Program has helped to inspire his family and bring them closer together. Duncan is congratulated for his I Can attitude.    

New Corporate Sponsors and Grants for SWD


SWD is very pleased to welcome Australian Maritime Technologies (AMT) on board. AMT is an independent, Australian staff owned, design and marine engineering consultancy. They provide a full breadth of multidisciplinary naval ship design, systems integration and systems engineering services to Defence and Defence industry customers. Through their Social Responsibility Program, AMT will be providing us with funding and engaging members of their staff in our Melbourne Winds of Joy programs. You can find out more about AMT HERE


SWD is also very pleased to welcome AkzoNobel on board. AkzoNobel has a passion for paint and are world industry leaders in making paints and coatings for a wide range of applications. Their portfolio of brands - including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon - is trusted by customers around the globe. AkzoNobel are providing us with their specially formulated racing antifoul - VC Offshore - from the International brand. You can read more about VC Offshore antifouling HERE, and AkzoNobel HERE


SWD has been awarded a grant from the Port Waratah Coal Services Community Investment Fund to run 10 Winds of Joy sails in Newcastle.


SWD has been awarded a grant from the Club Liverpool grants scheme to fund 10 Winds of Joy sails in Sydney for groups in the Liverpool area.


Thank you Port Waratah Coal Services and Club Liverpool for investing in your communities 

It is almost time for Term 4 of our programs in Melbourne and Sydney! 

The dates for our Term 4 programs are now up on the Calendar and our excited clients are making bookings. Melbourne and Sydney will be running Winds of Joy sails on Mondays and Tuesdays, and Winds of Change will be taking place in Sydney on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Crew are encouraged to log into the Calendar HERE as soon as possible and sign up for the dates you are available. This will be a great help to our Crew Coordinators who have begun to make sure we have the right numbers of crew for the sails to go ahead

Understanding Disability Workshops


Ivan, SWD’s Crew Trainer, has recently been organising a new crew training series entitled Understanding Disability Workshops. These events are designed to give crew an insight into what it can be like to have some of the disabilities that our clients and crew have.

SWD Board Member and Crew Volunteer James led the first workshop on understanding blindness. Using examples from his own journey he spoke about the realities of cane use and guide dogs, how blind people use electronic communication, and he gave us advice on engaging with blind people and how you can offer mobility assistance.

SWD Roving Reporter and Crew Volunteer Renee led out in the second workshop. Using her wheelchair, our yacht Kayle and some of the fixtures at the marina, Renee took a group of our volunteers through what it is like to be a wheelchair user in our programs. Being a very practical workshop, she had the volunteers taking turns in her wheelchair and seeing the world through different eyes.

The goal of these workshops is for us to provide a higher quality experience for our clients and greater empathy towards everyone involved in our organisation. Recordings from both these workshops will be made available to all crew volunteers.

CYCA Spring Racing Series 2019

The Race Program is looking for crew who are interested in taking part in the four Sunday races that make up the CYCA Spring Series. Visit HERE to find out more information and register your interest.

We are also looking for crew with racing experience to help us sail our yachts in three charity regattas in November. Visit HERE to view the Calendar

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