Hoisted high up the masts and letting out the cheers of seasoned sailors, the triumphant group of youths sailed into berth 3, Inner Harbor, this morning, completing a 12 day adventure from Esperance in Western Australia.
They’re the latest group to complete a voyage on the Navy’s only tall-ship, STS Young Endeavour, and the smiles on their faces said it all.
As did the tears rolling down the faces of awaiting parents – a mixture of pride and no doubt relief that they’d made safely.
The youths were aged from just 16-23 so for many it might have been their longest time ever away from home. But they were in the very safe and capable hands of the Young Endeavour’s experienced crew from the Royal Australian Navy.
City of Port Adelaide Mayor Gary Johanson jumped on board to welcome the crew as they arrived this morning – and presented the highest honour awarded to a participant – the Young Endeavour Medallion, which was awarded to Andrew Bullers – and young man chosen for giving the most of himself, and in doing so, to others and exemplifying everything the sail-training voyage is about.
The Young Endeavour Youth Scheme’s Executive Director Stephen Moss also flew in from Sydney to welcome the crew for their last disembarkation of the year – and gave thanks to the very close bunch of dedicated and hardworking staff.
“We always love to welcome the Young Endeavour,” said Mayor Gary Johanson. “The navy scheme is such an enriching experience for young people – and it was great this time around to see local MP for Torrens, Dana Wortley’s son was also on board. Congratulations to everyone who made the journey.”
The STS Young Endeavour will be docked here until January 2nd when a new group will board and head off on a new journey to Stanley, Tasmania.