Wright of Passage Project

We hear a lot of extraordinary stories about special boats preparing for the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival, but this one is particularly inspiring. David Pescud is a leader in the Sailors with disABILITIES organisation, which exists to improve the lives of young Australians living with a disability or facing adversity. It’s a great initiative and has been a part of several festivals in the past.

Sailors with disABILITIES is about to unfold a new project and it’s one of the most ambitious they have ever undertaken. They are starting work on a complete restoration of a classic 53’ Herreshoff ketch named Wright of Passage, donated by a generous benefactor. The boat needs a great deal of work to make it seaworthy for its exciting goal – sailing from Sydney to Hobart to attend the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival in February 2019.

Woolwich Dock and Parklands

The work will be done at the historic Woolwich Dock in Sydney with the aid of volunteers and David Pescud is looking for help. ‘We would love to have some trade-skilled help of course’, David says, ‘but we’ll take anyone with the right attitude who can drive a paintbrush or use a piece of sandpaper’. The project also needs boat bits – paint, timber, plywood, electrical fittings and machinery. ‘Contact our office – we’ll explain what we need and hopefully get you excited about a wonderful plan with a really worthwhile goal.’

Sailors with disABILITIES


M: 0421 725 170

A: D’Albora Marina- Suite 12/1B New Beach Road, Darling Point, Sydney NSW 2027

Read more about the organisation, the boat and the plan on their website:



AWBF looks forward to welcoming the Wright of Passage to Hobart in twelve months’ time. If you are a Sydney-based wooden boat enthusiast, we urge you to get involved in the project.

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