Wendy sets sail on solo voyage

10th November 2017
It was a great morning at Sailabilty Toronto joining with family, friends and assorted fans of Wendy Evans as she set out on Day 1 of her solo sailing adventure around Lake Macquarie.

I had promised Wendy Evans that I'd be there to see her off on her adventure of sailing solo around our magnificent lake.

For someone with severe cerebral palsy, it was a very gutsy thing to do, but Wendy has shown many times she has what it takes to take on and beat challenges. 

Here's how David Stewart at The Lakes Mail reported her journey:

A CHARLESTOWN woman who has cerebral palsy will attempt to become the first person with a severe disability to sail solo around Lake Macquarie.

Wendy Evans will set out from Toronto this Friday, November 10, on the first leg of the journey, from Toronto to Speers Point.

She will attempt the journey in a specially modified Hansa 303 dinghy.

Sailability Toronto president Marg Jensen said Ms Evans was an accomplished sailor who loved the sport.

“Wendy started sailing at Belmont in 1997 and is doing this because it’s her dream,” Ms Jesnsen said.

“She’ll sail with the support of rescue craft from Sailability Toronto and the Royal Motor Yacht Club of Toronto, and will hope to complete the sail in several legs over a number of weeks.” 

Sailability Toronto members will gather to give her a good send-off at 10am on Friday, from the jetty at Toronto Amateur Sailing Club.

“Wendy has a noteworthy history of racing and winning regattas both in Australia and internationally, but this is the first time a venture like this has been attempted on Lake Macquarie,” Ms Jensen said. 

Ms Evans hopes to raise awareness about people with a disability, and their potential for achievement.

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