One of the yachts in the Sydney to Hobart race will feature in a documentary series that has been filmed for SBS.
disABILITIES skipper David Pescud led a disabled crew of blind, limbless and paraplegic sailors to the 29th place in the world’s toughest ocean race, coming second in their division.
The four part series disAble-bodied Sailors will follow the adventure as they find a crew, train a crew and then race a crew comprised of males and females with disabilities.
Director of Content – Television and Online Matt Campbell said, “This is an extraordinary effort by David and his crew. SBS salutes them. We commissioned this documentary series to showcase the determination, strength and skills needed to pursue the dream of competing in this ferocious race – up against extremely athletic, able bodied sailors in million dollar boats – and we know we have an incredible series, featuring incredible people.”
Skipper David Pescud said: “They were terrific, just an amazing attitude. It’s a huge learning curve: we’ve all been through it before, done it, but these guys are, in the middle of the night, being bashed up, bounced up, cold, frozen, yelled at, screamed at. And they just have to learn to deal with it and they did just great.”
Sailors with disABILITIES was started in 1994, and has competed in the Sydney to Hobart race 15 times.
DisAble-bodied Sailors will air on SBS ONE in March as part of the Secrets and Lives anthology.