LESSONS IN LIFE UNDER SAIL
THE South Passage is sailing the seas along the east coast of Australia, taking teens on an adventure and handing out lessons in team- building and self- reliance.
The ship sailed into Townsville on Sunday afternoon with students from Townsville Grammar on board after four days on the high seas.
Sailing master Robyn Elkington said the students knew little about sailing before the trip but had returned capable sailors.
“We anchored at Magnetic Island and then sailed north around the islands and made our way back again, giving the students the command of the ship to bring us home,” Ms Elkington said. “The leadership skills do come through and the teamwork from living together as well.”
Jarrod Bates, 16, skippered the South Passage on their voyage home and said the whole trip was a great learning experience. “It was tough. We had night shifts with 1am starts,” he said. “Everyone did their fair share ... I liked it a lot.”
The South Passage is going on an open day trip on July 26. Anyone interested should go to southpassage. org. au to register.
ON COURSE: Sailing master of the South Passage Robyn Elkington in Townsville.