As a coach at Sailability Auckland I am privileged to witness a special thing. Nick came to to Sailability for the first time after having been stuck inside for weeks on end; silently rolling his wheelchair from the TV to the window and back again, all day long.
The first time Nick got into a boat by himself he wanted to do everything perfectly, he worried he wasn’t good enough and he got frustrated with himself when he wasn’t able to do a manoeuvre the way he wanted to.
Then he sailed into the wide open ocean he realised it was just him, and his boat and the wind . The feeling of freedom hit him. It was being in nature, a feeling of adventure, a sense of fulfilment and independence. I heard a shout from him: ‘This is my s***!!!!!’
This is the story of four people who also 'found their s***’ on their TIWAL!
Jocelyn is 69 years old and she was looking for the one thing which would take her sailing again while allowing her to be independent. Jocelyn first saw the TIWAL at the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show on the Gold Coast and she knew straight away it was ‘just what I had been looking for’; a lightweight boat to handle, a comfortable deck and easy rigging. It was love at first sight!
Jocelyn lives on Waiheke Island. She rolls her boat down the driveway to the water in her bathing suit and lifejacket, puts the mast up by herself and wheels her boat to the water.
Stephen had just recovered from a serious illness which left him weak and unfit. He was embracing his shot at life and wanting to try learning to sail. He first saw the TIWAL online and saw it was easy to rig, easy to learn in, easy to get back on if he capsized.
Now he thinks his TIWAL is ‘just the best’ and he is out in it on Lake Taupo at every opportunity. He sails the TIWAL 3 with the smaller sail while learning, and hopes to take it to the lakes in the South Island later this year.
Paul, 72, wanted to feel inspired to get on the water again, to race again. He had owned many yachts in the past but wanted sailing to be easier, cheaper, without the hassles of maintenance. He first saw the TIWAL at the Sydney Boat Show and he found something which actually met all his needs. He just needed to see if he could sail it and after a quick demo at Rose Bay, he knew he could manage it himself.
Paul sailed his TIWAL in many places on holidays around NSW, and now races every Saturday at Concorde Ryde Sailing Club. In his words ‘it is just so easy!’.
Toby wanted to learn sailing and he saw the TIWAL online. He has a young family, a high pressure job but loves fitting all sorts of adventures into his spare time. He wants a boat he can put in his car, go for a sail and be back home; all within 3 hours.
Toby sails on the Gold Coast Broadwater and enjoys continuing to improve his sailing skills.
The TIWAL can cater for a range of ages, abilities and experience. Whether you want a relaxed cruise or an adrenaline filled ride, the TIWAL is for you! These sailors I have mentioned and the TIWAL Team are all happy to share their TIWAL experiences with you. Take the plunge and start your TIWAL journey. Ask us for support - we are here to help!
I am a New Zealand sailor who learned to sail in the beautiful Malborough Sounds and then went onto represent NZ at the 2000 Olympics.