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It’s a challenging distance across the Tasman, for anyone, let alone being part of a team who have various disabilities.To be part of a team of disabled sailors. It inspires me to see how they all perform as individuals and how we all perform together as a team. To attempt a challenge as big as this, to try and set a world record is just awesome.
I’ve sailed with some of these guys and none of these guys. It’s a mixture of youth and experience and I have a good feel about the whole thing.
The mast. Hoist ‘em up and drop ‘em down. Hoist ‘em up and drop ‘em down. I hope there’s not too many hoists, therefore not too many drops, but yeah but whatever’s needed to get the best out of the boat.
I think this is a very strong boat. I’m very happy. It’s certainly up to the challenge. Between all of us we’ll get the job done.
I’d say give it a go. There’s nothing you can’t do, especially if you’ve got the support of an organisation such as Sailors with disABILITIES. There’s no challenge that you cannot overcome. And it is a challenge. If you’ve got a disability, it’s not a problem, it’s a challenge. If you address that challenge in the right way, with the help and support of others, you can achieve your goal, whatever that may be.
It might be going out on the harbour for half an hour. That might be the start of your goal to progress to the Sydney to Hobart race. Nothing’s out of the question if you put your mind to it and you get the strong support of an organisation such as SWD.