Almost 2000 people took the opportunity to step on board the Royal Australian Navy operated sail training ship STS Young Endeavour during the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart.
The brigantine sailed from Sydney to Hobart with a returnee crew of 24 young Australians embarked.
On the Friday, Young Endeavour joined seven other tall ships on Hobart’s Derwent River for a Parade of Sail from John Garrow light, past the Hobart foreshore to Salamanca. They were joined on the water by hundreds of classic and modern wooden boats.
Over the weekend, the ship’s company and former youth crew volunteers welcomed visitors old and young on board for their open day and provided information about the ship and youth development program.
Commanding Officer Young Endeavour, Lieutenant Commander Andrew Callander said visiting Hobart during the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival was a highlight of the 2019 program.
“It is always terrific to visit Tasmania and explore the beautiful east coast,” Lieutenant Commander Callander said.
“Arriving in Hobart and taking part in a Parade of Sail with other tall ships is pretty memorable for the youth crew and staff crew alike,” he said.
“We were pleased that there was a strong interest in visiting Young Endeavour as part of the Wooden Boat Festival open ship program.
We are a proud member of the Australian maritime community and enjoy meeting people interested in the ship and Young Endeavour program,” Lieutenant Commander Callander said.
Young Endeavour is a tall ship purpose built for sail training. Nine Royal Australian Navy staff crew sail on her at a time, delivering the experiential learning program to young Australians aged 16-23 years of age.