In October of last year I was lucky enough to secure a berth on a leg of the Young Endeavour's circumnavigation between Broome and Exmouth, Western Australia. No words will ever be able to truly describe the magic of this incredible ship, my time aboard has forever etched a permanent place in my heart.
Both above and below deck you find yourself really discovering what it means to be a part of something much greater than yourself. You come to the realization very quickly that you are about to embark on something much more complex and profound than a simple 'learn how to sail' course.
From exploring the radioactive islands of the mysterious Monte Bello’s and snorkeling the crystal clear waters beneath to climbing the foremast just before dawn to watch dolphins dance upon the bow wave ahead, you know your part of something extraordinary.
Some days were rather rough and not just in terms of the weather, I found myself questioning whether or not I was cut out for this; cold, wet and sea sick I had to dig deep to find the strength to do all that was required but in doing so I came across a new sense of empowerment, one that I have been able to tap into in other areas of my life.
Even learning about navigation and sail theory at midships at some unheard of hour in what I believed to be huge swells (they really weren't that big) with the ever patient and tolerant James and the rest of my watch was in its own way particularly incredible and I now look back at this moment as a pinnacle point of the 11 days.
Not only did I have the rare opportunity to learn the ins and outs of a large working vessel, I made lifelong friendships and learnt more about myself than I ever could of foreseen.
The program is honestly the perfect mix of support and guidance and extending ones self beyond their comfort zone, I could not fault one aspect of my time onboard and would highly recommend it to any young person out there that has ever doubted themselves, their capabilities or direction they were going in.