Sailors with disABILITIES


Schools sailing Winds of Joy Melbourne

Sailors with disABILITIES (SWD) has established a permanent presence for SWD in Victoria to run its Winds of Joy programs.

The program gives young people with disability the opportunity to experience sailing on board Ninety Seven, a Farr 47 that has been modified for people with disabilities, able to accommodate people in wheelchairs. Ninety Seven took Line Honours in the 1993 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

If you would like to volunteer as crew with SWD in Melbourne, please read about volunteering with SWD here.  Email with any volunteer questions you have.

The Winds of Joy sailing program runs in the warmer months of the year and caters for children with disabilities by giving them the opportunity to sail on Ninety Seven.

During a Winds of Joy program, people with disability will have a chance to:

  • Steer the boat and learn basic sailing skills

Ninety Seven at Docklands Melbourne for Sailors with disABILITIES

  • Engage with role models, including people with disability who volunteer as crew with SWD
  • Thrive outside their comfort zone
  • Take photos and memories back to the classroom for learning

For many, Winds of Joy is the first step on a journey of change. This journey begins when participants see each others’ success on deck, when they observe SWD volunteers working around the boat and join in, and when they realise they can experience freedom on the water, defined by what they can do.

To get your school involved in SWD Melbourne, read more about Winds of Joy here.




Melbourne Winds of Joy

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