STS Young Endeavour visits Newcastle

November 1, 2018 – Australia’s national sail training ship, STS Young Endeavour has visited Newcastle where she welcomed aboard students from Kotara High School Special Needs Unit.

Although a strong north-easterly wind prevented the tall ship leaving Queens Wharf for a day sail, the youth crew provided ship tours to the local students. Sixteen-year old Dominic Erbacher from Tumut, NSW shared some of his new found knowledge and experiences.

“I explained to my group how we set the sails and gave them a run through of the ropes.

“We then went below deck and took a look at the kitchen, café and accommodation.

“I was a bit nervous heading into today, but I’ve really enjoyed it.

Young Endeavour Youth Scheme sailor, Dominic Erbacher (center), shows students from San Clemente High School the winch system onboard the Young Endeavour in Newcastle, New South Wales.  A community sea day was held onboard Royal Australian Navy operated sail training ship, STS Young Endeavour in Newcastle as part of voyage 18 of 2018. Young Endeavour Youth Scheme delivers an internationally recognised youth development program that builds confidence, resilience and social responsibility among young Australians. The youth crew welcomed aboard people from San Clemente High School and Kotara High School Special Needs Unit and Defence Reserve Support for the half day sail and share their new found sailing skills. Since 1988 the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme, in partnership with the Royal Australian Navy, has provided challenging training voyages for over 13,400 young Australians in STS Young Endeavour, and day sails for a further 11,200 guests from organisations supporting young Australians with special needs.

“It was nice being able to help out and to give those kids a chance to see Young Endeavour,” Dominic said.

Year nine Kotara High School Special Needs Unit student Casey Cole said she enjoyed the visit.

“I sometimes sail small boats on weekends with Sailability.

“I haven’t been on a bigger boat so I was really looking forward to visiting Young Endeavour and seeing it up close.”

“I thought it was really cool and interesting and the tour was really informative,” Casey said.

Young Endeavour’s arrival in Newcastle marked the penultimate day of Voyage 18/18. Twenty-two young Australians from six states and territories joined Young Endeavour in Brisbane for an 11-day adventure to Newcastle.

During each voyage, youth crew disconnect from their everyday lives and are taught communication, teamwork and leadership skills by the Navy staff crew.

They also learn the skills required to sail a square-rigged tall ship including how to navigate, keep watch, cook in the galley, take the helm and climb the 30-metre mast to work aloft, setting and furling sails.

Now in its 30th year, the Young Endeavour Youth Development program has benefitted more than 13,300 young Australians aged 16-23 and welcomed aboard over 11,500 guests from organizations supporting young Australians with special needs.