Sailors with disABILITIES skipper David Pescud and his crew return through Sydney Heads and plan to reach the Opera House around 2.30pm today after attempting a world record passage from Sydney to Lord Howe Island.
David Pescud said the SWD team is now waiting anxiously for the World Speed Sailing Record Council to ratify the record for a mono-hull yacht.
The SWD ocean racer Wot EVA left Sydney last Thursday at 02:19pm AEDT Sydney time and reached Lord Howe Island at 11:07 AEDT on Saturday.
"The crew got bashed about in the passage attempt," said David. "But they all pulled through and we sailed past a sunny Lord Howe Island on Saturday morning with the WSSRC and a bunch of people in a runabout waving us on as we sailed past," he added.
"This time next year we aim to sail the same course. There's no yacht race finishing on Sydney Harbour. This could be the start of something big,” David said.
“If a disabled crew of 10 can do it, we challenge other yachts to give it a go. Sydney to Sydney 2016. Let's see what happens," he said.
The crew on board WOT EVA are scheduled to arrive in Sydney Harbour this afternoon, passing the WSSRC monitor's line and then sail on past the Opera House, after which they will return to the CYCA.