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 Gladstone, 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.
September 18th last year, I embarked on the trip of a lifetime. I sailed from Darwin to Broome on the Young Endeavour, and it changed my life.
I had never been someone who was afraid of heights, but as soon as I started climbing the mast for the first time, I couldn't stop shaking.
When I look back at my time on the Young Endeavour, there are so many moments that I remember so fondly.
Moments that make no sense to anyone that wasn’t on Voyage 07/17.
When an ad for Young Endeavour popped up in my Facebook feed I initially thought nothing of it.
Even better than sleeping you might ask? Yep, yes, yepparoo.
And you'll get plenty of one and not quite enough of the other on the voyage too.
My Young Endeavour voyage was from Sydney to Newcastle. I come from Perth, so it was exciting to see what the coastline in the eastern states is like.