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August SWD Newsletter

Sailors with disABILITIES Newsletter - August 2019

Winds of Joy Northern Campaign Update 

Our yacht Kayle and crew are currently in Southport, Queensland – the third port out of five in the Winds of Joy Northern Campaign. So far, in the August portion of the campaign, we have had 12 schools or organizations on board, with just under 120 kids and 6 wheelchairs.

Thanks to the crew on board we have been receiving video content back at the end of the day and are enjoying watching some of the highlights of each sail. If you aren’t a Facebook user you can watch the films via a playlist on our YouTube Channel here. 


Media Pieces from the Winds of Joy Northern Campaign 

We have been very fortunate to receive some great media coverage so far a long the Northern Campaign:

7NEWS Sydney news segment on our departure

WIN NEWS Central Queensland news segment

Daily Mercury Mackay newspaper article

Click or tap on each heading above to view on our YouTube channel or website




Introducing our Events and Fundraising Manager 

We are very pleased to welcome Julia Owens to the team as our Events and Fundraising Manager.

Julia comes to us most recently from the NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet, and has a strong background in events, sponsorship, and sport. She is also a keen and experienced sailor, and an active member of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.

Julia is working part-time in the SWD Office


75th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

SWD is aiming to have Kayle competing in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race this year. Earlier in the month you will have seen an email to advise that we have a number of berths for sale on Kayle.

Visit our website here for the full details


Dave Sharma MP visits SWD in Sydney

We were delighted to be visited by Dave Sharma MP, the Federal Member for the electorate that SWD sails out of in Sydney. He toured our yacht Kayle, met some of our volunteers, and talked with our President, General Manager, and CEO. We are looking forward to having him come out on a Winds of Joy sail later in the year




SWD in the 2019 Focus on Ability Short Film Festival

Renee's film, Sailing Towards #myfreedom, finished in the Top 4 Most Popular Films in the 2019 Focus on Ability Short Film Festival. We are thrilled by this result, and wish to thank the SWD Community for supporting this film and sharing it amongst your contacts. We have an amazing community that supports us in many different ways.

If you would like to view Renee's short film again, you can find it on our YouTube Channel here

We thank NOVA Employment for hosting this fantastic international film festival, as well as the event's sponsors. The festival allows people with a disability to tell their stories and show their abilities.

To watch some of the 244 entries in this year's festival, visit the Festival's website here



ASX Raffle Tickets for SWD

SWD is currently selling raffle tickets from the ASX Refinitiv Charity Foundation.

The funds from the tickets we sell comes back to SWD.

To support us while also being in the running for some great prizes, CLICK HERE


National Carers Week Winds of Care Sail

Carers NSW has awarded SWD a grant to host a Winds of Care sail in Sydney during National Carers Week, to celebrate the great work that carers do. Crew volunteers can sign up to help with this special sail on October 20 HERE

National Carers Week, dedicated to acknowledging and celebrating carers in Australia, will run from Sunday 13 to Saturday 19 October, 2019. Check your State's website to find out about events in your area

Sydney Wednesday Evening Twilight Racing

One of our favourite Sydney social events is set to return on 23rd October. Come for one Wednesday, two Wednesdays, or them all. Twilight Racing is hosted by the CYCA and is seen as a relaxed, social race series.

Please sign up on the SWD Calendar


SWD Racing Program Opportunities

Click on the following races to be taken to the SWD Calendar for more details

Flinders Islet Race - 21 September

Lion Island Race - 28 September

Newcastle Bass Island Race - 11 October

Botany Bay Race - 26 October

Port Hacking Race - 16 November

Bird Island Race - 30 November



Wright of Passage is Recruiting

Do you know a young person who is struggling with day to day life?

Need focus?

How about suggesting our Wright of Passage program?

Wright of Passage is currently looking for more participants

Click or tap HERE to find out more about it on our website


Crew Training Opportunities Coming Up in Sydney

Marine Radio Operator Course: 16th September

Understanding Disabilities - Autism: 24th September

In-dock Activities: 14th October

Quarterly Crew Review: 8th October

Get your Crew Accreditation Record from the office!



Crew Training in Melbourne

Melbourne Crew Training: 8th October


Save the Date

AGM and Christmas Party

Sunday 8th December 2019, starting at 2 pm

RANSA, New Beach Road, Darling Point

Register your attendance on the Calendar HERE for catering purposes


SWD 2020 Making Waves Regatta

Friday 6th March 2020

CYCA, New Beach Road, Darling Point

We need plenty of helping hands for this important fundraising event. Visit the Calendar HERE

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We are now active on LinkedIn and would love to connect with you. LinkedIn is a networking platform for professionals and the business community

Our YouTube Channel is also beginning a revival

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