Leeuwin to return to port

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser

For the first time in a decade, the Leeuwin will return to Albany in January 2019.

Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation will offer a voyage for young people in the region aboard STS Leeuwin II.

Since 1986, the foundation has welcomed on board more than 40,000 young people, aged between 14 and 25.

Foundation chief executive Carol Shannon said the team at the Leeuwin eagerly anticipated the success of the two Southern Spirit voyages, which would be held in January 2019.

“In the years since the ship last visited Albany, we have worked hard to build our financial sustainability. We believe now is a great time to offer this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to young people from Albany and the Great Southern region sailing into and out of magnificent Albany harbour,” she said.

“The Leeuwin has always valued the participation of regional participants. There is something special about our WA regional youth, and we love to share the magic of the Leeuwin with them because we believe they fully appreciate the opportunity that has been offered to them.”

During a voyage, participants are involved in all aspects of sailing the ship, from climbing aloft, furling the sails, taking the helm and taking part in night watches.

Although the program is an active sailing ship, it is not all about the sailing and the main outcome of the program is the soft skills gained — skills in communication, teamwork, leadership and attaining more social confidence.

Mrs Shannon said she would encourage people to take part in the voyages because it provided a once-in-a-lifetime experience for young people from all backgrounds. “During the voyage, they will make new friends, test their boundaries, learn new skills for their future lives and careers while building their confidence and self-esteem.”

Applications forms can be found at www.sailleeuwin.com.

Once these are completed, they can be sent to office@sailleeuwin.com.

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