THE sail training ship Young Endeavour will dock at the Abell Point Marina at 10am tomorrow, on the second to last leg of its northbound journey from Sydney to Cairns.
STS Young Endeavour was a Bicentenary gift from Great Britain to the people of Australia in 1988.
Each year the ship sails the Australian coast, providing challenging adventures at sea for young Australians aged 16-23.
During each voyage the young crew learn the skills necessary to sail a square-rigged tall ship, such as setting the sails, taking the helm, navigating, cooking in the galley and climbing to the top of the 30m mast.
Once they have mastered sailing the ship, each crew member takes command of the Young Endeavour for 24 hours, setting a course along the Australian coast.
The youth development program delivered during each voyage aims to empower young people by increasing self-awareness, developing teamwork and leadership skills and creating a strong sense of community responsibility among participants.
Due to the fact that this year, the ship arrives on a Sunday, there is currently no public open day planned. However, locals are invited to head to the marina and take a look at the impressive vessel from the outside.
The 23 youth crew who sail into Airlie Beach from Mackay this week will disembark at Abell Point Marina, to be replaced by another group.
This last group will sail the final leg to Cairns, departing next Wednesday afternoon.
The ship will visit Hamilton Island on its return southbound leg rather than re-visiting Airlie Beach.
For more information, visit http://www.youngendeavour.gov.au.
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