Rocky Bay client, Stephanie Reid, has enjoyed sailing on ships around Fremantle for nearly fifteen years. She first sailed as a trainee on the Tall Ship Leeuwin and every summer since, Stephanie has been on a daily sail as well as joining the five day Ultimate Challenge in December as part of the volunteer crew.
Stephanie, however, had bigger plans, wanting to challenge herself by venturing to further seas. Her next quest was to be part of the crew on The Lord Nelson, which offers opportunities to able bodied and people with disability alike, and experience sailing in a different part of the world.
Rocky Bay Family Support worked in partnership with Stephanie and her family to raise enough money for Stephanie to undertake the journey and fulfil her aspirations to voyage a Tall Ship into unknown waters.
In 2013 the Lord Nelson was in Australian waters as part of the Northern Rose Sail the World Challenge which visits thirty countries in all seven continents, crosses the equator four times and covers nearly 80,500 kilometres in a series of stages. This is the first time that an accessible tall ship has undertaken such a journey.
Stephanie undertook the leg of the journey from Fremantle to Adelaide in August for 15 days. The voyage in turn also provided a period of respite for both of her parents and two brothers who support her on a daily basis.
Stephanie says she has found her experience to be a very positive one “I find that being a part of the crew on board a tall ship has made me feel very welcomed, accepted and able to take part in all activities with the rest of the crew”.
Family support can really make a difference to the quality of life for all members of a family living with disability. Rocky Bay tailors respite for individual needs; always offering flexible solutions.
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