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Young Endeavour visits Airlie Beach

By Mark Beale
THE sail training ship Young Endeavour was an impressive site at the dock in Abell Point Marina where she was berthed from Sunday until Wednesday afternoon.The 44-metre Brigantine arrived in Airlie Beach at 11am on Sunday with 23 youth crew on board, all of whom enjoyed the adventure of a lifetime on a sea-voyage from Mackay.Acting captain Lieutenant Adam Farley said once the young people disembarked it was time for the crew to enjoy some rest and relaxation, taking in the sights and sounds of Airlie Beach.

“The crew always love coming to Airlie Beach. It’s a beautiful spot, the marina here is fantastic and the locals around the place make us feel very welcome,” he said.

After re-charging their batteries, the crew welcomed another 23 young people aboard for the ship’s last north-bound leg to Cairns.

Lt Farley explained that the ship, gifted to the people of Australia by Great Britain in 1988, operated along the east Australian coast each year, providing a youth development program for young people aged 16-23.

“We do an 11-day program teaching them all the skills they need to sail the ship such as navigation, sail handling, how to avoid collisions at sea and helping out in the galley,” he said.

On day eight, the ship’s regular crew hand the vessel over to its youth crew, who take command for 24 hours as an exercise in management, communication, leadership, and teamwork.

The Young Endeavour will be back in the Whitsundays on June 13, when she will dock at Hamilton Island on her journey south from Cairns until June 16.

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