A Facebook advertisement about Australia’s national sail training ship, Young Endeavour, jumped out immediately for Brisbane Boys' College student Daniel Aziz who was instantly inspired to apply for an eleven day voyage on the tall ship.
The teen, currently in Year 11, recently returned from a voyage, which sailed from Eden to Sydney, exploring the New South Wales coastline. He said the adventure has given him memories that will last a lifetime.
“All the stories that we’ve shared together and the experiences I’ve taken away from the past eleven days just can’t be forgotten.” Daniel said.
Daniel joined 18 other young Australians on the youth development program, where youth are encouraged to pursue personal and team goals and overcome challenges as they learn to sail a square-rigged tall ship. Sailing the brigantine requires many skills; including how to navigate, keep watch, cook in the galley, take the helm and climb the mast to work aloft, setting and furling sails.
“Climbing is not my biggest strength, but I did make it to the top of the 30 metre mast and was very proud that I had pushed myself. The view was absolutely spectacular,” Daniel said.
Young Endeavour youth crew come from around Australia – from capital cities, regional centres and rural communities in every state and territory, giving youth an opportunity to meet young Australians from a range of diverse backgrounds.
“The best thing about being on board is meeting the people. Everyone has been absolutely fantastic and I’m so glad I’ve had this experience. I’ve made some mates for life.”
Near the end of the voyage, the youth crew elect a command team who take full responsibility for Young Endeavour for 24-hours.
“On Command Day, the team really pulled through and smashed it. You could see how everyone respected each other and came together as a team,” Daniel said.
“This is an experience that I’ll never forget.”
Young Endeavour was the gift given by the United Kingdom to the people of Australia to mark our Bicentenary. Built in Lowestoft in the United Kingdom, Daniel has a personal connection to the town.
“My mother grew up in Lowestoft, which is quite a coincidence.”
Since 1988 the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme, in partnership with the Royal Australian Navy, has provided challenging and inspirational training voyages for over 13,100 young Australians in Young Endeavour, and day sails for a further 11,000 guests from organisations supporting young Australians with special needs.
Youths aged 16 – 23 years old can apply for a chance to set sail on the voyage of a lifetime at www.youngendeavour.gov.au