In 2016 STS Young Endeavour will embark on a ten month circumnavigation of Australia, visiting Cairns, Gove, Darwin, Broome, Exmouth, Denham, Fremantle, Esperance and Adelaide before returning to the east coast in 2017.
This will be STS Young Endeavour’s first visit to the Top End since 2009, and will provide opportunities for youth in the north and west of Australia to join a voyage closer to home – around Cape York, in the Gulf of Carpentaria, or along the Kimberley Coast.
Young Endeavour will also join the tall ships Duyfken and Leeuwin II in Western Australia to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Dirk Hartog’s landing at Shark Bay on 25 October 1616 – the second recorded European expedition to land on the Australian continent.
24 youth from around the country will join each eleven or thirteen day voyage, and will learn the skills to sail a square-rigged tall ship. They will keep watch and take the helm, cook in the galley, navigate using the ship’s charts, and climb the 30 metre mast to set and furl the sails.
Each participant will be encouraged to pursue personal and team goals and challenges. By the end of each voyage they will have the skills and confidence to elect a leadership team and take command of the 44 metre brigantine, sailing Young Endeavour along the Australian coast.
“Voyages in Young Endeavour develop skills for life,” says Young Endeavour Youth Scheme Executive Director Stephen Moss. “The youth development program delivered during each voyage increases self-awareness, fosters a strong sense of community spirit, and develops character, confidence, teamwork and leadership.
“No matter where you sail, your voyage in Young Endeavour will be challenging and exhilarating – an amazing experience you will remember for the rest of your life!”
The majority of youth Crew are selected by ballot, and no sailing experience is required.
Young Endeavour is operated by a professional Royal Australian Navy crew who ensure the highest standards of safety and care, and teach the youth crew everything they need to know to sail the ship.
Check out the 2016 Circumnavigation Photo Gallery.
Young Endeavour Youth Crew
Each participant is encouraged to pursue personal and team goals and challenges. By the end of each voyage they will have the skills and confidence to elect a leadership team and take command of the 44 metre brigantine, sailing Young Endeavour along the Australian coast.
Ballarat high school student Ben O'Meara joined a voyage in Young Endeavour for a personal challenge and as an opportunity to meet new people, travel to new places and learn new skills.
After sailing from Melbourne along the east coast and into Sydney Harbour he said, "Our voyage, having a diverse and friendly group of youth, as well as a sensational crew and program, allowed me to grow as both a leader and a team member.
“Physically and mentally challenging, this program is by no means for the faint hearted. It is, however, one of the most rewarding experiences possible. It will leave you exhausted but begging for more, more, more!”
Marsha Riley, of the Western Aranda and Warlpiri tribes near Alice Springs, sailed Young Endeavour from Cairns to Darwin during the 2009 circumnavigation of Australia, and said it was a truly unique experience for her.
"The personal experience that I had aboard Young Endeavour developed my inner strength, both mentally and physically. I made friends with different people from different age groups and, in doing so, I discovered the strength of my interpersonal skills - that I have no trouble meeting new people in an unfamiliar environment.
"The voyage also taught me the importance of having positive role models. I now try to be someone that other students look up to, showing leadership and encouraging teamwork. I also support people to take every opportunity that comes, just as I did".
Since 1988 the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme, in partnership with the Royal Australian Navy, has provided challenging training voyages for more than 12,500 young Australians in the tall ship Young Endeavour.
Youth Crew are selected by ballot, and no sailing experience is required. Applications are now open to young Australians aged 16-23.
Apply now and set sail for the voyage of a lifetime!
Young Endeavour Partners
The Young Endeavour Youth Scheme partners with community groups, corporate organisations and individuals to promote youth development opportunities for young Australians through sail training.
Community groups and corporate organisations are invited to sponsor a young Australian from your local community to join a voyage in STS Young Endeavour. For more information please see Scholarships.
In 2016 donations received to the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme Public Fund Trust in support of the 2016 circumnavigation will contribute to the success of the program by providing opportunities for indigenous youth participation. To make a tax deductable donation please download the Donation Form.
Thank you for your support.