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SWD Create Optimism

SWD is a not-for-profit organisation. We are Creators of Optimism.

We encourage people with a disability or those in difficult circumstances to see things in a new way.

By showing what's possible, we challenge society’s perception of those facing disability or disadvantage.

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David Pescud's Story

Put yourself in David Pescud’s shoes in 1993. You’re 46. Thanks to your own hard work and despite profound dyslexia, you’re financially bulletproof and able to retire and cruise the oceans.

So why do take a massive u-turn, create a non-profit organisation called Sailors with disABILITIES, and volunteer the next 20+ years of your life working tirelessly for it?

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Get Involved

Want to join SWD and become a Creator of Optimism? There are heaps of ways to get involved.

If you want to come sailing read about our programs here. For those affected by disadvantage or disability, sailing is free.

You can create optimism by volunteering, joining faceboat, entering our faceboat contest or by simply donating

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Sydney Hobart 2014

We are excited to be gearing up for the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race!

Preparations are under way as we approach the Boxing Day launch, and our crew are slotting in their last training sessions before the race. As we move into one of the busiest times of the year for SWD, we know all our supporters will be eagerly awaiting details of the race and the voyage. You can check out our full coverage of the lead up to the race and the latest from the crew right here!

We will be announcing our full crew roster on Monday, and with it we will start to share some of their inspiring stories.