Able seaman docks
BY THE time you read this, weather permitting, Jamie Dunross will be tied up safe and sound in Abel Point Marina.
Jamie is attempting to complete a circumnavigation of Australia to prepare for sailing solo around the world.
This would be an amazing feat for anyone, but for Jamie the challenge is even greater.
In 1988 Jamie became a C5 quadriplegic after a work accident in Meekatharra, Western Australia.
He almost gave up his first love of sailing, but encouraged by his good friend, Ted Fuller, Jamie took up helming.
He excelled and in 2000 he won a gold medal in the Paralympic Games.
Jamie then sought a new challenge and decided on a solo circumnavigation of Australia.
He left his hometown of Rockingham, WA on March 18 and has stopped over in Hobart and Sydney.
Jamie is now nearing Airlie Beach for the third of his four planned stops in his S&S 34 yacht, Spirit of Rockingham (which has roughly the same design and is the same size as Jessica Watson's boat).
On his return from this voyage, Jamie and his yacht will be involved in a sailing program for disabled and disadvantaged people to demonstrate what can be achieved against the odds.
Jamie's daughter Bella Dunross and his partner Jo Jahn are in Airlie Beach to meet Jamie once he arrives, either today or tomorrow depending on the weather.
Both Bella and Jo say they are very proud of what Jamie is achieving. “It's always good to break down a few stereotypes,” Jo said of her partner's amazing voyage.
“Don't underestimate what people can achieve.”
Meridien Marinas Abel Point Marina have generously arranged free berthing for Jamie during his stay here in support of his achievement.
Whitsunday Sailing Club members are awaiting his arrival and have volunteered to assist Jamie into the marina and to make sure he is tied up safely.
To follow Jamie's voyage, visit his web site www.solo1.com.au