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Sailors with disABILITIES (SWD).

29/08/2013
 
 
Sailors With dis ABILITIES (SWD)
 
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The Sailors of the SWD team arrived in Gladstone at the end of July and over the past two weeks some of our students and teachers have had the opportunity to go sailing on the most amazing 52ft yacht called Kayle.
 
SWD is a not-for-profit organisation committed to changing the way young people regard themselves. The Try Sail program provides opportunities for participants to experience the exhilaration of sailing, to work with and enjoy the company of others and to build self-esteem and other skills.
 
Over three days we sent six adults and 31 students out on the harbour to enjoy this wonderful experience. All students had the opportunity to steer the yacht, hoist the mainsail and spend time with the crew. Each day the weather was beautiful, the seas calm and the harbour delightful.
 
The first day the students were lucky enough to spot dolphins frolicking in the harbour, the second a massive bulk carrier crossed in front of us and on the third day a member of the crew spotted a turtle.
 
The confidence of the student crew over the two hour trip and not one of us had to walk the plank.
 
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the SWD crew and look forward to participating again next year.
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Happy Sailing.