Rigged up and ready to head out to sea

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS - Rachel Ver­coe rachel.ver­coe@coff­s­coas­tad­vo­cate.com.au

IT’S not ev­ery day high school stu­dents have the chance to jump on board a 54-foot rac­ing yacht and ex­pe­ri­ence the thrill of sail­ing.

Head­ing out to sea, 11 Orara High School sup­port unit stu­dents were ex­cited to spend time on board the Syd­ney to Ho­bart rac­ing yacht ‘Kayle’.

“Most stu­dents have never been on a boat or out to sea be­fore, it was out of their com­fort zone, but they were en­thu­si­as­tic and gained a real sense of achieve­ment,” Orara High School teacher Rhonda Lewis said.

The stu­dents were able to get in­volved and helped with rig­ging, steer­ing and other jobs on board.

In the next two months, Sail­ing with Dis­abil­i­ties will pro­vide more than 500 chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties this op­por­tu­nity.

The crew on board en­gaged with stu­dents and car­ers, en­sur­ing ev­ery­one was given at­ten­tion and had the chance to step up to the wheel and steer the yacht.

ALL ABOARD: Orara High school sup­port unit stu­dents en­joyed the op­por­tu­nity to jump on board a sail­ing boat. PHOTO: LISA VER­COE

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