Leeuwin voyage a chance to shine
Six budding sailors will soon step out of their comfort zone and onto the deck of the Sail Training Ship Leeuwin for the 30th anniversary of Harvey Shire Council sponsoring the program.
The young Harvey shire residents will join the Leeuwin Youth Explorer Voyage, a week-long journey for people aged 14-25 with a sense of adventure.
The council has subsidised the program since 1989, along with the Lions clubs of Harvey, Brunswick Junction and Australind and the Rotary Club of Harvey.
The support from the council and service clubs allows young people who live in the shire to apply for a subsidised voyage on the Leeuwin.
Harvey shire president Tania Jackson said it was a great opportunity for young people to get out of their comfort zone.
“We continue to support this program for young people because the feedback we get each year is that it is such a great experience,” she said.
“The skills they learn, not just about sailing but about teamwork and being self-reliant, will really help them in their future.
“They always come back absolutely changed people.”
After getting their sea legs the six sailors will be expected to work in all aspects of running of the ship.
The crew will participate in setting and furling the sails, climbing the masts and working aloft, as well as standing watch while sailing through the night.
Weather conditions, watch roster and ship positioning affects the ship’s schedule so it is unlikely the crew members will have a dull moment.
The captain of the Leeuwin will pick the best direction for sailing based on the wind and weather conditions when the crew set sail, but family and friends can track the ship’s position and follow along at home.
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