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To all SWD members, friends and supporters, welcome to the April 2013 Newsletter, from this month we will resume sending a monthly Newsletter and we welcome your input including feedback and news stories via Next month we plan to start letters to the editor so please make a contribution.  

In this issue:

President's Letter - CYCA Winter Series & Hobart 2013 


The CYCA Winter Series starts THIS weekend Sunday 28 April. Interested Members should refer to dates on the website click here to Volunteer to Crew through the SWD Calendar  

The SWD Board is commencing planning for the 2013 Sydney to Hobart yacht race.  The 2013 Hobart will be conducted using Kayle and will be entered in to the PHS Division.  The emphasis will be on disabled sailing we would like to have a minimum 50% of the crew with a disability. 

Interested Members are encouraged to sail the Winter Series as an indication of their willingness to participate in the 2013 Sydney to Hobart. 

Best regards

David Leslie

SWD President

Note From The Board

As the mornings start to get a little cooler, it is still a great time for sailing and we have lots happening now and in preparation for the months ahead. 

Our volunteer crew have continued to man the boats every week during summer through the Try Sail Days and Winds of Change, we are always getting great feedback.  From the entire SWD Board we say a sincere thank you for your continued efforts, we could not do it without you and for your ongoing generosity we are very grateful. 

Gordon you are the man, solid as they come pulling together crew every week and fostering a wonderful team, thank you. 

Welcome to Xylem

We have now officially welcomed Xylem as a Corporate Partner of SWD.  Xylem has FIVE market leading brands, each delivering innovative and effective solutions. This makes Xylem Australia's premier provider of all water and wastewater solutions.  Xylem products can be found worldwide, transporting liquid in hundreds of different operations. Whether it's transporting drinking water to the 50th floor of a skyscraper or drainage water up mine shaft, Flygt, Godwin, Leopold, Sanitaire and Wedeco can handle it.

SWD are looking forward to a long partnership with Xylem and as part of this agreement SWD are proud to have Xylem on board as one of our major supporters in the upcoming 2013 Hobart campaign.

Northern Campaign 2013

On Thursday 4 July the team will depart for the Northern Campaign, over 8 weeks the team will offer our Try Sail Programme to kids and adults with a disability from Southport, Bundaberg, Mackay, Gladstone, Coffs Harbour and Newcastle.  

We desperately need more volunteer crew, if you are interested in leaving Sydney for the warmer weather or joining the team for part of the journey, click here to Volunteer to Crew through the SWD Calendar or email Lucy Reid for details –

Volunteer Positions Vacant

Due to unforeseen circumstances Lucia Lee has left SWD, we wish her well.  This has allowed us to review our current structure and we are calling for registrations of interest to the following volunteer positions:

  • Media & Public Relations Volunteer We need to start better communicating the great work of SWD to the wider community and corporate.  We are looking for a writer with an interest or experience in PR and Media to join us in this new position.  We will provide training through our media partner Left Field Public Relations, you will assist Sailors with disABILITIES in writing real life stories and press releases and sending these through to media contacts and then following up for media opportunities, interviews etc.  You will work on all our key projects and work with us to develop extra stories along the way. 
  • Fundraising/Sponsorship Volunteer This year we will endeavour to get some new and exciting fundraising campaigns off the ground, if you are interested in getting involved in this area we would welcome your input and ideas.

If you would like to discuss the above roles or you would like to get involved in something else, we encourage you to say I Can, just email with your details and a short introductory letter including what you would like to help with and we will call you to discuss further.

Name Me Competition - Graham's Challenge

One volunteer, Graham Clarke, recently discussed with David Pescud the suitability of the name “Try Sail Day”, Graham laid the following challenge and we are opening it to our Members for suggestions.  The best suggestion wins a case of Brokenwood wine, entries close Friday 10 May 2013.   

The challenge:

“Try Sailing Days implies that we take people who are new to the sport and give them the opportunity to try sailing. What we do is so very far removed from this interpretation.

“We have a fantastic group of volunteers, who happily give their time to take parents, carers, children and adults who are affected by all levels of physical and mental disabilities, and treat them to an experience they might not otherwise for many reasons, have the time, resources or opportunity to enjoy. A day sailing or cruising around Sydney Harbour takes these kids and adults away from what must be a hideous daily routine and surely must put a little joy into their lives. Even if it is for a very short time. I guarantee it also offers parents and carers a little respite from the norm. And all that is provided is free of charge. This is what potential supporters need to be told.

 “...Ideally it would be a simple, short catchy name which would in part describe what we do. More importantly it would hopefully invite discussion on what we do in more detail.”  Thanks Graham. 

To enter send your name suggestions and any free ideas to launch the new name to by Friday 10 May 2013. 

SWD Fundraiser, Buy Your Entertainment Book from SWD, save $$$

Entertainment Books have long been renowned as a great fundraiser and they offer heaps of great savings to consumers, this year Sailors with disABILITIES is getting on board.

Click here to order your book now you can collect at an SWD sailing event or we can post to you (postage charges apply).  Grab your copy before they sell out. 

If your able to sell some books through your workplace we can provide you with posters and/or a counter display just contact Donna to get involved.

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