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Sail Into Life

Story shared by: Gwyn Cracknell - Sail Into Life - Rotary Club of Busselton Geographe Bay 

Sail Into Life was a Rotary project to get people with a disability to enjoy sailing. It spread worldwide and our club, Busselton Geographe Bay, joined in. It’s been a huge success.

With Lotterywest support, we bought two new, fully-rigged boats, a trailer and a rescue / support dinghy. It’s wonderful to know that the people who leave their wheelchairs on the jetty are out sailing.

It’s a two-person boat, so there’s a skipper who’s a qualified instructor sailor, and the passenger. We teach them how to steer and change the sails. It’s not just for people with a disability. It’s for anybody. We’ve had 85 year olds have the first sail in their life. 

We get a thrill when some of them go solo. We’ve got two or three doing that, going out without an instructor. Their confidence has had such a boost. The increased self-esteem will help them in other areas of life.” 

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