I have had a wonderful time with my beautiful wife but now I return to my mistress of the sea - 'Kayle'. I have swapped crisp, clean, white hotel room sheets for my 'rack' next to the navigation table. Rain and strong winds have meant the cancellation of some try sail days and early departure plans from Mackay. Fresh crew have arrived whilst others take the rainy days to rest, clean and prepare the boat for the pending passage to Gladstone.Read more
What is it about childrens' laughter?... It has to be the most infectious thing. Recently, on the Northern Campaign, I had the opportunity to see a second and third element contribute to and enrich that sound of laughter. Making it three dimensional, maybe even four - the laughter, the sun, the sea spray and the movement of the boat all coming together, just to the east of Mackay harbour.Read more
I couldn't believe it when David invited me to join his team on Wot Eva to compete in the Sydney to Southport race. It was epic!!
I was so anxious leading up to the race, but once we got going, it was one of the most exhilarating experiences I have been a part of. The conditions for the race were perfect. With southwesterly winds to 25 knots, the boat certainly gets up and goes! Wow! It is an extremely fast yacht. After the race, I did the numbers and we had speeds up to 50km/h!Read more
They say you can tell a lot about someone's lifestyle aspirations by looking at their car. Whilst enjoying so many Try Sail Days I've realised the same can be said for wheelchairs. They are customised to reflect the owners personality, and this can help me in communicating with the driver. For instance, There was the young bloke whose chair was like a flash ute; he was a footy fan, sharp as a tradie and a sense of humour to match.Read more
Admiral Pescud has taken command whilst I take four days shore leave in Mackay to celebrate my twentieth wedding anniversary. The crew have also had some time off in the Percy Islands, to swim, explore the habitat and partake in goat stew, prepared by Ernst the self-proclaimed ‘goat man’, one of only five residents on the island.Read more
You could have knocked me down with a feather because right before me was Elvis Presley, looking remarkably well since his death 30 odd years ago. Maybe it's not all plain sailing on the Nothern Campaign!Read more
We had these two little tough guys and they got up on the bow of the boat, and you know the scene from Titanic? One of them was on the outside and the other big bloke who’s ‘rough as guts’ and HUGE is going ‘Hold me Jack, hold me..’ He was Kate Winslet and the other was Dicaprio! It was great to see these two little tough guys doing this whole scene.Read more
The four grizzled hunters stood at the stern, their steely eyes scanning the ocean for the prey. "Thar!" called the skipper, jutting his square jaw towards the patch of ocean erupting as the fight commenced. The men's muscles flexed and rippled in the setting sunlight; the women gazed on appreciatively.
Mick Sattin has been a professional singer since 1996 and recently appeared on the X Factor wowing the judges and audience with his strong soul voice.
"Sport and music helped me come out of my shell and got me integrated into the world. It’s great to support Sailors with disAbilities and the faceboat project. SWD does fantastic work by giving new opportunities to people which in turn encourages optimism and changes lives."
As I was keen as mustard to do some more sailing, Mark allowed me to bring Kayle hard up on the wind. This is when we noticed that we had a new introduction to the crew behind us. We don’t know when we caught it but on our trawling line there was a beautiful Spanish mackerel, 1 metre long and it got everyone very excited.Read more
Northern Campaign Skipper Mark says working with SWD has opened his eyes to what can be achieved. He is amazed at how an activity like sailing can benefit people so greatly, particularly those living…Read More
Brett was just 44 when he lost his right arm and leg in a head-on collision with a ute. The ute was overtaking and didn't see Brett coming the other way. A few short months later, he was out racing with…Read More
I have an inherited disability called CMT (Charcot Marie Toothe Syndrome) which is a neuro-muscular condition affecting mainly the legs and hands to varying degrees. I have weaknesses in my calves and…Read More
Grace Kennedy was born with Spina Bifida and has used a wheelchair for mobility all her life. In 2013, at the tender age of 19, she crewed in one of the world's toughest ocean races - the Rolex Sydney…Read More
David credits SWD with giving him a better appreciation of what people can achieve. Being an SWD member has shown him first-hand that the human spirit is more powerful than the body.Read More
I had never been on a yacht before but I realised I could put sails up, pull on ropes, and make things do things. As it turned out sailing opened up a window... which opened a door... which opened a bigger…Read More
Kristi Foster broke her back when she was just 21. Then just 16 weeks after surgery to repair her spine, she was in a car accident and broke her back and neck again.Read More
Kirk Watson is an accomplished sailor. His first sail down the Australian coast was at the tender age of 7 in a 32 foot motor sailor... and he's been on the water every spare moment since. Kirk sharpened…Read More
After participating in the Try Sail day, Chelsea came home and could not stop talking about it. It was such a wonderful time, and she felt secure and stable on the bigger boat. Every time she sees a boat…Read More
Mark enjoys his association with SWD for many reasons. In his words, the crew "don't get inflated syndrome by big-noting their achievements - despite their significance." Put simply, "SWD is a really…Read More