On the afternoon of April 9 2017, I waved my bed and family goodbye as I set foot upon Australia’s national tall ship the STS Young Endeavour for the voyage of a lifetime.
I’m on a tall ship, like something out of Pirates of the Caribbean. I am wearing 5 layers of clothing and I’m still cold.
The great thing about being on the Young Endeavour is the strength of friendships made in such a short period of time. When I went on board the Young Endeavour I knew no one.
My Young Endeavour experience was definitely a highlight of my life that I won't be forgetting anytime soon, from amazing 'Happy hour' to climbing the Topgallant.
My Young Endeavour voyage was the beginning of my adult life.
The beautiful tall ship herself was yet to appear in front of me, would she though? Only luck and faith knew the answer to that.
I was part of Voyage 12/08, Hamilton Island to Gladestone, QLD, during the 20th Anniversary Year.
I was 20, studying at uni a degree I wasn't that keen on, working an office job which paid the bills, (but didn't exactly inspire me) and I was yearning for more.
My name is Astrid Briggs, I am a school captain at Merrimac State High School on the Gold Coast.