By Year 11 student Huw Wiltshire
Sailing on the Young Endeavour had been something I wanted to since both my brothers had really enjoyed their voyages. I took my chance as soon as I could. The day I turned 16 was the day I boarded the ship along with 26 other 16 to 23-year-olds in Brisbane for Voyage 7/19 to Mackay.
We departed on 12 May sailing out of the Brisbane River towards Great Keppel Island. Cyclone Ann was NE of Cairns but the effects could still be felt for the first few days. The first couple of days were full of completely new experiences, good sailing with 20 knot winds astern of us and of course a bit of seasickness. We arrived at Great Keppel Island on Day Four. From there we sailed to the idyllic Middle Percy Island and arrived on Day Six.
With beautiful beaches and crystal clear water this was definitely a highlight. After spending a day there, the crew had learnt enough and were ready to take over the ship. We appointed leadership positions and I was made Sail Master, which meant I decided on the sails used, organised tacking, gybing and weighing anchor and helped with navigation. We successfully sailed 69 nautical miles in 13 hours making Scawfell Island ahead of time. After spending a day snorkelling and exploring we sailed to our final destination, Mackay.
If there is anyone out there thinking about doing something challenging and totally different in the future, then consider a voyage on the Young Endeavour. It was heaps of fun and I highly recommend it.