Sailing for the first time, with people you have never met, in a technology-free environment for a week and a half seems like a fairly daunting task. But by the end of that 11-days you have a new family, a new understanding of yourself and a new outlook on life. Participating in the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme has to be one of the most rewarding experiences. From the breathtaking natural wonders you will see, to the new life-long friends you will make, not a minute of that 11 days is wasted.

In the weeks leading up to my voyage, I was terrified- constantly thinking worst case scenario but from the moment I was introduced to the staff and the youth crew I would spend the voyage with, my worries eased. They eased even further as we learnt each others names and stories, and learnt the features of the beautiful tall ship. During the voyage, there was never a time where I felt unsafe and looking back, I would do it all again in a heartbeat. 

Emily Crowley