Young Endeavour visits Gladstone

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Location(s): Gladstone, QLD

The Royal Australian Navy operated Sail Training Ship (STS) Young Endeavour.  (photo: UNKNOWN)
The Royal Australian Navy operated Sail Training Ship (STS) Young Endeavour.

Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour will arrive at Gladstone on 26 June, crewed by 24 youth from across Australia. 

The square-rigged tall ship has sailed along the Queensland coast from Brisbane, completing the eleven day Young Endeavour Youth Development Program.  
 
The voyage is a part of the tall ship’s 2016 Circumnavigation of Australia, which began in Sydney in late May.

From Gladstone, Young Endeavour will sail north around Cape York and across the Top End, visiting the ports of Airlie Beach, Cairns, Gove, Darwin and Broome before sailing down the west coast, returning to Sydney in early 2017.
 
Crew member Sophie McCrae, 21, of Devonport, Tasmania, applied to join the crew to take advantage of a unique opportunity for personal development and has already found the experience challenging and rewarding. 
 
“Some of the biggest challenges so far have been climbing up the 32-metre mast to one of the upper platforms, and securing gaskets while aloft in 40-knot winds," she said sailing near Great Keppel Island. 
 
“The highlight for me so far is the satisfaction of overcoming those fears as a team – trusting myself and trusting that I am capable.” 
 
Youth crew take part in all aspects of sailing a square‑rigged tall ship. 

During each voyage youth crew spend approximately five nights under sail at sea and five nights at anchor, covering an average of 750 kilometres and actively participating in approximately 80 hours of ship watch keeping. 

They also undertake general sail handling, working aloft and deck duties as well as routine rounds, helm and navigation activities, maintaining look‑out and assisting the chef.
 
Since 1988, the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme, in partnership with the Royal Australian Navy, has provided challenging training voyages for over 12,500 young Australians onboard the tall ship Young Endeavour

These voyages provide young people with a unique, challenging and inspirational experience that increases self-awareness, develops teamwork and leadership skills and creates a strong sense of community responsibility. 
 
Voyages in Young Endeavour are open to all Australians aged 16-23. Applications are now open. For more information please visit www.youngendeavour.gov.au.