Most people who are reading this page have a love of not just sailing but of the adventures and discoveries sailing has provided them with .
If that sounds like you and you would like to "give a little back"during your visit Down Under we encourage you to contact Sailors with disABILITIES, (SWD) and offer to share a little of your time to help these wonderful people experience the joy and possibilities that sailing offers
There are many ways you can help make a difference and possibly change the life, or just brighten the day of someone who is living with a disability or a disadvantage. It might be as simple as sharing your cruising stories or offering to be crew for a few hours aboard one of the SWD vessels whilst you are in Australia.
Interested ? For more information go to www.sailorswithdisabilities.com/get-involved-new or contact Sailors with disABILITIES +61 421 725 170 if dialing from outside Australia or 0421 725 170 if dialing from within Australia.
dOWN UNDER RALLY Announcement:
For every vessel that registers as a participant in the 2017 Down Under "Go West" Rally the Down Under Rally will donate the amount of $25.00 (aud) to this wonderful cause.
Sailors with disABILITIES is an Australian registered not-for-profit organisation that, through sailing, becomes a catalyst for change in people's lives.
swd: WHY WE DO IT
We exist to offer life changing opportunities to children, youth and adults with disabilities and those at a disadvantage to drive a more optimistic outlook for personal growth and improved life outcomes.
swd: WHAT WE DO
We use sailing as a tool to build confidence, self-esteem and new relationships.
Through sailing, people start to forget about what they can't do and focus on what they can.
We provide free sailing and training programs for people with a disability, disadvantaged children and adults, and their carers.
swd: BACKGROUND & ACHIEVEMENTS
Since its inception in 1994, SWD has taken more than 47,000 disabled and disadvantaged people sailing, and continues to build on this with more than 2,500 individuals benefiting from its programs every year.
In the 1994 Sydney to Southport yacht race, SWD was the first 100%-disabled crew in the world to compete in an ocean race.
Since 1994, SWD has competed in 21 Sydney to Hobart yacht races.
In 2003, SWD set, and still retains, the world record for the fastest non-stop, unassisted circumnavigation of Australia. http://2003.swd.org.au/index.php
SWD set the world record for the fastest passage Sydney – Lord Howe – Balls Pyramid – Sydney in 2015.