RAN Hosts Defence Reserve Employers Aboard STS Young Endeavour

RAN Hosts Defence Reserve Employers Aboard STS Young Endeavour

Navy today hosted Victorian Defence Reserve Employers aboard the national Sail Training Ship (STS) Young Endeavour for a day sail on Port Phillip Bay.

LCDR Gavin Dawe OAM RAN Commanding Officer Young Endeavour welcomed Reservists and their employers on board for the day sail.

Over the course of the day guests were treated to a sailing demonstration of the 44 metre, square rigged tall ship by the 24-strong youth crew and nine RAN staff crew. Guests were invited to set sails, take the helm and even participate in a live show.

John Taylor from the Department of Primary Industries employs Victorian based Reservists. He said “This is a fantastic opportunity and a great experience. I’ve really enjoyed being able to see this first hand.”

Since 1988 the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme, in partnership with the Royal Australian Navy​, has provided challenging training voyages for over 11,000 young Australians in Young Endeavour. These voyages provide a unique, challenging and inspirational experience that increases self awareness, develops teamwork and leadership skills and creates a strong sense of community responsibility.

“A voyage in Young Endeavour is about giving young people a challenging and inspirational experience at sea. We focus on teamwork, communication, leadership and most importantly having fun,” said LCDR Dawe.

LSCIS Carly Maxwell is one of the RAN staff crew on board. She said “It’s an incredible job. Seeing the development of young people throughout each voyage is very rewarding.”

The general public are invited to visit Young Endeavour this Sunday 13th November during a Free Public Open Day, 1pm-4pm, at Seaworks Workshop Jetty, Ann Street, Williamstown.

Australians aged 16 – 23 are encouraged to apply to join a youth crew. No sailing experience is required and selection is by ballot. Applicants are to be Australian citizens or permanent residents, aged 16 – 23 on the day of departure, able to swim 50 metres, and be in good health.

The purpose-built sail training ship Young Endeavour is the bicentennial gift given to Australia by the United Kingdom in 1988. The Young Endeavour Youth Scheme is supported by the Commonwealth Government and and private donations, with operational support from the Royal Australian Navy.

Source: navy, November 11, 2011