STS Young Endeavour is a brigantine – a two-masted, square-rigged sailing ship – which was specially designed and purpose built to offer development programs for young Australians at sea.
Most of the young Australians who join a voyage in Young Endeavour have never sailed before, and very few have sailed a tall ship on the open ocean. It’s a whole new environment on board – a galley instead of a kitchen; berths instead of beds; a bow, a stern, and everything in between.
The ship regularly holds open days in ports around the country, but if you haven’t been able to visit, this page will help you understand what it’s really like on board Young Endeavour.
Got Questions? Here are answers to the most common questions about Young Endeavour.
When do I apply to get on board?
Applications are normally taken all year.
For the best chance of getting a berth you should apply during the ballot. We normally open two ballots each year – typically from August through to the end of September, and from January through to the end of March.
Please apply on line or call 1800 020 444 if you need assistance.
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Do I need to know anything about sailing?
Not at all, we have taken young people to sea who have never seen the ocean before!
Youth Crew are supervised and supported by a professional Royal Australian Navy crew whose members have been carefully selected and trained to deliver the program and to ensure the highest standards of safety and care.
I am not yet 16 years old, when can I apply?
Our application system will let you apply for voyages that you will be aged 16 on, so you may be able to apply when you are 15 years and six months old for a voyage six months away.
I am over 23 years old but would love to sail on a tall ship. What can I do?
Check this link to find other tall ships for which you may be eligible to apply.
What do I have to do before I sail?
Firstly, apply. If you are drawn from the ballot you will be sent an offer which you can accept or refuse. If you accept you will be provided some forms to fill out and you will need to undertake a health check with a doctor of your choice. Your voyage fare must also be fully paid before you sail. You will also need to book travel and we strongly recommend that you arrange travel insurance for the voyage as well.
Can I apply for someone else?
This is not preferred as there are specific questions that we ask of applicants that they need to truthfully answer. We also communicate directly with applicants via the email address provided during application, so to save confusion or missed offers we recommend that the application be made directly by the young person wishing to participate.
I want to sail on a longer (or shorter) voyage.
Our Youth Development voyages are normally 11 days (10 nights) long. Sometimes there are longer voyages when we have to sail a little further between ports, this does not happen very often so you shouldn’t hold out for one – you may miss out completely.
Why is there a weight limit of 120kg?
The safety equipment of the ship is rated to a limit of 120kg. It is not possible to participate in the program if you are exceed that limit. For safety reasons, all participants are weighed on the first day of the voyage.
Since I applied my health situation has changed, what should I do?
Please update your application as soon as possible. Contact the office on 1800 020 444 if you need help.