My voyage (03/18) began at HMAS Kuttabul in Sydney on the 29/1/18. I was joined by 25 other youth crew from all over Australia with ages varying from 16 to 22.
My name is Jayden Bonat, from a country town of Gundagai NSW. I came onboard the Young Endeavour on the 21 of August 2017 which was Voyage 11/17.
At the beginning of 2015, I had never sailed a day in my life and had no real inclination to change that fact. Spending long periods of time in a damp, leaky tub really held no appeal for me.
This should have been written a long time ago, before my memory of events had faded.
To me sailing is freedom, to power though the water with nothing but the wind in your sails is pure bliss, to know you are at the mercy of the elements is thrilling.
I had the privilege of bringing our ship home to Australia from the World Voyage, and what an honour that was.
I first heard of the YEYS when I was in year nine. Fast forward four years and I’d just received my acceptance email for V19/16 from Fremantle to Esperance!
Had my sister not sailed before me, I might have thought that it wasn't for me,
The STS Young Endeavour is not just a ship to me. To me she is a new opportunity, another home, and an adventure for so many young Australians, such as myself.