STS Young Endeavour sailed into Garden Island, Sydney on Wednesday 19 December, at the end of her final youth development voyage for 2018.
Commander Mine Warfare, Clearance Diving, Hydrographic, Meteorological and Patrol Force, Captain Warren Bairstow watched from the wharf with family and friends as the Ship’s Company manned the lines with festive Santa hats and the twenty-two young Australians from six states and territories lined the yards.
At the end of voyage ceremony, Captain Bairstow said 2018 has been a busy year for Australia’s national sail training ship.
“Young Endeavour started the year in Hobart after supporting the Sydney to Hobart yacht race as the radio relay vessel. Sailing north to Sydney, the ship arrived in time to celebrate her 30th anniversary on 25 January, with a gala event bringing together supporters, alumni and previous staff crew.”
Young Endeavour then returned south, making stops in Devonport and Adelaide, before sailing the west coast of Tasmania and visiting pristine Port Davey before arriving in Hobart.
Resetting a course north, Young Endeavour stopped in Melbourne and Eden before continuing north past Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane, Mackay to Airlie Beach and Cairns, before returning south via Gladstone.
“During 2018 Young Endeavour has delivered 20 voyages and welcomed aboard over 430 young Australians,” Captain Bairstow said.
“The Ship’s Company has also welcomed aboard hundreds of guests from organisations supporting young Australians with special needs as part of its community day sail and open day programs.
“The staff crew, under the leadership of Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Andrew Callander, has done a great job delivering the internationally recognised youth development program,” Captain Bairstow said.
“While a number are posting out, the youth of Australia are lucky to have a new group of energetic Navy members ready to deliver the program into 2019.”
Young Endeavour’s staff crew will only have a short break over Christmas with Voyage 1/19 setting sail for Melbourne on 4 January 2019.
Information on Young Endeavour is available at www.youngendeavour.gov.au.