The replica tall ship Young Endeavour makes her way into Coffs Harbour's Jetty. Photo: Rob Wright / Coffs Coast Advocate
The replica tall ship Young Endeavour makes her way into Coffs Harbour's Jetty. Photo: Rob Wright / Coffs Coast Advocate Robin Wright

Replica tall ship looking for young crew

COFFS Coast youth seeking adventure on the high seas - your ship has docked.

The training ship Young Endeavour sailed into Coffs Harbour today looking for youth aged between 16 and 23 to join a unique sea voyage.

The Endeavour scheme is a not-for-profit organisation which provides Australian youth with the opportunity to develop teamwork and leadership skills and increase self awareness all while having an exhilarating and inspirational experience at sea.

While no prior sailing skills are required crew member and onboard chef Michael Rothery-Taylor said potential applicants must be willing to work hard.

"It can be physically and mentally challenging, but if you're willing to get in there you will certainly develop countless sailing and social skills," Mr Rothery Taylor said.

"The youth crew are involved in all aspects of sailing from rigging and setting the sails to navigating and helping in the galley.

The Young Endeavour undertakes around 20 voyages each year. Each runs for roughly eleven days and sees 24 Australians gain valuable knowledge from the nine specially trained Royal Australian Navy Crew on board.

Mr Rothery-Taylor, who is originally from Coffs Harbour and is on the ship along with his 16 year old daughter said it is an invaluable experience for any young Australian. "We've got Captain Mike Gough at the helm working us hard, and all the youths are learning a great deal while building friendships and thoroughly enjoying themselves."

The next intake is in August and prospective candidates are encouraged to make their way down to the Fishing Co-op where the ship will be docked until Thursday morning before ehading north.

Captain Mike's humourous blog, complete with photos and sailing banter, can be read online at http://www.youngendeavour.com.au



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