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Yacht Racing

Yacht Racing

A Long History of Competing

The Making Waves Foundation, formerly Sailors with Disabilities, started in February 1994 with the 50th Sydney to Hobart Race. It was the first time a fully disabled crew had sailed in an ocean race. It was supposed to be the last, but from this event, a not-for-profit community organisation was formed.

The Racing Program provides opportunities for people to challenge themselves and continue building their sailing experience further on from one of our other four programs. Racing gives our members an incentive to aim higher, gain a renewed sense of self and achievement, and discover additional coping mechanisms within the shared experience of sailing at a higher level.

Division Event Date
66th Line Honours, 9th PHS Division 1 & 18th PHS Overall Rolex Sydney to Hobart 2019
8th Division A CYCA Winter Series 2019
7th TP52 class Sailfest Newcastle Regatta 2019
2nd TP52 class MHYC Sydney Short Ocean Championship 2019
7th TP52 class Sail Port Stephens 2019
14th Overall CYCA Twilight Series 2018/2019
6th Performance Racing Sail Port Stephens 2018
11th Division A CYCA Winter Series 2018
4th Division A CYCA Winter Series 2017
42nd Line Honours, 5th PHS Division 1 & 11th PHS Overall Rolex Sydney to Hobart 2016
6th Division A CYCA Winter Series 2016
26th Place Overall Rolex Sydney to Hobart 2012
1st PHS Division 1 & 1st PHS Overall Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race 2011
4th IRC Overall Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race 2011
3rd Division A Audi Winter Series 2010
2nd PHS Division 1 Rolex Sydney to Hobart 2009
1st PHS Overall Rolex Sydney to Hobart 2007
3rd PHS Division Audi Sydney - Southport Race 2007
1st PHS Division Audi Sydney - Mooloolaba Race 2006
2nd PHS Division Audi Sydney - Mackay Race 2006
1st Division A BMW Winter Series; Non-point score Race 2 2006
5th PHS Division 61st Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race 2006
5th PHS Division Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race 2005
2nd PHS Division 2005 Savills Regatta 2005
3rd PHS Division Linderman Island Race 2005
4th PHS Division 2003 Sydney - Mooloolaba Race 2003
9th PHS Division Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race 2002
6th PHS Division Hahn Premium Race Week - Hamilton Island 2002
4th Line Honours Mooloolaba - Airlie Beach Race 2002
9th Line Honours Sydney - Southport Race 2002
1st Overall PHS Pittwater - Coffs Harbour Race 2001
2nd PHS Division Sydney to Hobart Race 2001
1st Overall PHS Pittwater - Coffs Harbour Race 2001
1st on Handicap Hayman Island Big Boat Regatta 2000
1st on Handicap 85 nm Coral Sea Race 1999
1st Overall Yalumba Southport Regatta 1999
1st Over the Line Hog's Breath Cafe Mooloolaba/Airlie Beach 1999
4th on Handicap Hamiliton Island Race Week - Big Boat Div. 1999
2nd on Handicap CYCA Tasman Performance Series 1998
1st PHS Division A Telstra Sydney to Hobart, 9th Over the Line 1998
11th on Handicap Hamiliton Island Race Week 1998
2nd on Handicap Mooloolaba to Airlie Beach - CPHS Div 1998
1st Overall Clipper Cup - Cairns/Pt Douglas 1997
2nd on Handicap Airlie Beach Regatta 1997
8th on Handicap Hamilton Island Race Week 1997
1st on Handicap XXXX SCOR Series - Southport 1997
1st on Handicap Cabbage Tree Island Race 1996
3rd on Handicap Sydney to Hobart Race - PHS Division 1995
2nd on Handicap Hog's Breath Cafe Mooloolaba/Airlie Beach 1994

Key Outcomes

Our participants:

  • Learn sailing skills
  • Grow self-confidence and self-potential

About Our Yachts

Our yachts are specially adapted to take wheelchairs. Using a electronic joystick, pretty much everyone on board can have a go at steering the boat. Our skippers and volunteers are trained to offer support, kindness, and a positive environment which encourages our participants and stimulates their imaginations.

What They're Saying

"I think I am a bit more assertive. Mum asked me if I needed a hand to get ready yesterday morning, and the new Grace replied, ‘Mum. I’ve just been at sea for four days. Do you think I need help to get ready?’. The friendships I’ve made with the whole crew are very special. It was lovely to know there were people out there looking after me when I was scared. You get very close to people when you spend four days at sea together."


"As a member of the crew onboard Kayle for the 2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, I would like to say thank you so much to the Making Waves Foundation and David for the opportunity to say, ‘I CAN!’. When asked how I felt after the race, I replied, “… like I have met myself for the first time!”. I am truly blessed, and I love my life!"


"Some of our crew never dreamed they would or could do this race, but they did it. It was all about working together as a team – the culmination of 9 months of training. We trained for it and I had no doubt we could get through it and finish. We are a team and I’m proud to have had the opportunity to lead them and continue the Making Waves Foundation tradition of kicking goals for sailing and people with a disability or life challenge"


Want to Come Sailing?

Our sailing programs are available free to special schools and community groups.

To reserve a sail date you will need to login to access the booking calendar.


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