Re-naming brings winds of change to Newcastle

Representatives from Making Waves Foundation

Re-naming brings winds of change to Newcastle

Representatives from Making Waves Foundation

Newcastle is set to experience a wave of change with the official launch of the yacht Joy by Making Waves Foundation, thanks to support from the Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund.

According to Making Waves Foundation’s General Manager, Julian Martin legend has it that every vessel is recorded by name in the ‘Ledger of the Deep’, personally known to Poseidon, or Neptune, the god of the sea.

Changing a boat’s name without consulting Poseidon is said to invoke his wrath.

So, to appease the gods of the sea, a traditional ceremony was held at the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club on Thursday, 30 March, with Commodore Steve Rae and Newcastle volunteer Toni Fox leading the way.

The launch of the yacht Joy is not just about tradition – it’s about providing life-changing experiences for young people with physical or intellectual disabilities.

Through the Winds of Joy program, these students will embark on sailing adventures around Newcastle Harbour, learning valuable skills like teamwork, communication, and respect for each other and the elements.

And that’s not all. Making Waves Foundation is also introducing its second program in Newcastle – Winds of Change – for students who are disengaged from school.

Over the eight-week program, students will learn to sail aboard Joy, and more importantly, develop important life skills that will help them succeed both on and off the water.

St Dominic’s Mayfield Principal, Rachel Jones, expressed excitement about the launch.

“The partnership between St Dominic’s and the Making Waves Foundation has been invaluable in our school’s efforts to support students with their social-emotional growth and development,” Rachel said.

“Through the sailing experience, students have gained skills such as self-advocacy, confidence, and independence.

“We are grateful for the positive impact they have had on our school community and we are honoured to be part of the traditional naming ceremony. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Making Waves and helping our students achieve their full potential.”

Julian anticipates over 1,300 Newcastle people with disabilities, their support workers, and young people experiencing social challenges aboard Joy, which has been modified to accommodate wheelchair users and ensure everyone can enjoy the experience of being out on the water.

With local schools already signing up for the Winds of Change program, Newcastle is sure to feel the winds of positive change blowing through its waters.

Making Waves Foundation

Making Waves Foundation has been bringing people together to experience the exhilaration of sailing for more than 28 years - regardless of their ability or disability. Since its inception, more than 58,000 people have been able to experience these programs.

Making Waves Foundation is an Australian not-for-profit organisation that offers sailing programs year-round and free of charge to participants.

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