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The story of SWD.

21 Years of Sailors with disABILITIES: Sailing into social change – a narration the extensive history behind Sailors with disABILITIES, referencing the organisations growth and achievements from 1994 – 2015. This website highlights moments within SWD’s evolution that exemplifies their mission; to inspire optimism and redefine possibilities for the disabled and disadvantaged of all ages.

Sailing is the catalyst for change, providing the opportunity for personal growth for those involved. They have tasted and experienced the rewards of this organisation achieving things they thought to be impossible. By defying social constructs SWD will take you on an exhilarating journey, this is their story.

This website was created by Elle McCalman, Sophia Lau, Tania Andriasian, Thomas Ricciardiello and Vincent Salinos.


Sydney to Sydney

In 2015, Sailors with disABILITIES set a world first ocean racing record, establishing and completing the Sydney to Lord Howe return race.

On the 22nd of October, 2015, Sailors with disABILITIES set sail on WOTEVA for a four day, record-setting journey to Lord Howe Island and back, marking the first time a race would begin and end in Sydney Harbour.

The crew of 10 endured cold and wet stormy conditions over the first 36 hours, sailing into a storm with the wind behind them.

"This is exciting, challenging and dangerous."

- David Pescud

At 4:30 on the 26th of October, the SWD crew sailed through Sydney Heads and back into the harbour marking the end of their return journey and a new world record.

"If a disabled crew of 10 can do it, we challenge other yachts to give it a go. Sydney to Sydney 2016. Let's see what happens."

- David Pescud