LESSONS IN LIFE UN­DER SAIL

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRIS MCMA­HON

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.

Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

ON COURSE: Sail­ing master of the South Pas­sage Robyn Elk­ing­ton in Townsville.

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