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Hello my name is Callum Napier and I am the 2017 Maranoa Regional Council recipient of the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme Scholarship in other words the opportunity of a lifetime.
I have just spent my school holidays on the Sailing Training ship (STS), The Young Endeavour for Voyage 12/17 from Mackay to Brisbane.
We departed from Mackay Harbour on Saturday 16th September 2017 at 3 pm on the dot, it was a good day for a sail. Having never been on a ship before it was a new experience for a kid from a cattle station.  When asked how I felt about climbing a Mast I figured it was a bit like climbing a Wind Mill except it moves.
Surprisingly seasickness didn’t hit me until a bit of queasiness on day 4 and that’s all I got.
On day 2 after a bit of brekky it was straight into a climbing brief and then we went up for our first climb all the way to the top, the view was spectacular. After lunch and a detailed brief we were underway again.
The following days saw us learning everything the staff could teach us about sailing a 45m square rigged brigantine. As well as dropping anchor at Middle Percy Island and Lady Musgrave Island where after completing happy hour (that would be the cleaning part) we went ashore and spent time playing games, going snorkeling in the lagoon and exploring the island.
Floral Friday (where everyone got to wear loud Hawaiian shirts) saw us sailing toward Noosa and learning all we could for Command Day where the youth crew actually got to sail the ship.
Day 8 Command day, the day they let 24 youth crew take command of the ship (and hope we had paid attention) for 24 hrs and the first day we had heavy winds and big swells, it was exhausting and I didn’t get much sleep and the friendships that we had formed grew stronger and it was the most awesome experience.
Then it was time to start the homeward stretch, day 10 was devoted to a community sail day from Tangalooma.
And then it was the last day and sailing into the Naval base at Bulimba where our families were waiting for us. It was great to be home but none of us were in a hurry to leave the ship.
It is a very condensed version of what we did but to put it all in writing would take too long.
It was 24 strangers between 16-24 yr. of age who shared an incredible experience and forged bonds of friendship that will last for life.  We learnt that we could do anything with teamwork polished by friendship.  This is an experience that I would highly recommend for anyone, it is a once in a life time opportunity and I thank the Maranoa Regional Council for offering it and hope they continue to in future years.
It you would like the Captains version jus google hhtps:// and look up V12/17