Two young people from our program have been selected for the opportunity of a lifetime aboard the Leeuwin Tall ship. Maddison Walsh, 17 and William Krakouer, 14 will be setting sail from Fremantle on March 14 for 6 nights and learning to sail Australia’s largest ocean-going sail training ship, while experiencing emotional, physical and mental challenges, yet at the same time having fun and making new friends.
The voyages are suitable for anyone, from keen sailors, to people who have never sailed before, to retirees looking to make their heart beat a little faster with stories to tell their family and friends. It is an exciting opportunity to learn to sail a tall ship as it was historically in the nineteenth century, with the advantage of today’s modern facilities. The Leeuwin operates under the principle of 'challenge by choice' where the Leeuwin II is a working ship and all participants are expected to be involved in most aspects of ship operations, from sailing, steering, navigating and cleaning the ship to climbing the masts. The level of challenge is up to each participant. Our many years of operation clearly demonstrate that the more each participant is willing to challenge themselves, the more they take away from the experience.
They will be keeping a diary of the experience and will be taking lots of pictures to share on their return. We wish them the best of luck and hope they find their sea legs quickly.
A huge thanks to the Department of Sport and Recreation for the donation of these scholarships.