Airlie local joins Endeavour crew
ELLEN Johnson isn’t one to shy away from adventure and now she’s embarked on a challenging once-in-a-lifetime experience.
At 23 years old, the Airlie Beach was on board the STS Young Endeavour along with 23 other youths when it departed Abell Point Marina on Tuesday at 4pm.
Originally from Cairns, Ellen said it was her boyfriend who introduced her to sailing and the STS Young Endeavour voyage program.
“I went on the website and looked at it and saw there was a voyage coming through here to Cairns,” she said.
“I thought it would be a good opportunity to expand my sailing skill set.”
Ellen and other youths from throughout Australia will sail from Airlie Beach to Cairns in an 11–13-day voyage.
The crew spend the first week on board being trained how to sail the square rigged ship before they are put in charge on day eight.
Ellen started sailing when she moved to the Whitsundays a little more than a year ago and landed a job on an overnight boat, Blizzard.
“We do sailing trips and we go out to all the islands and do snorkelling and stuff like that, which is nice,” she said.
While on the STS Young Endeavour, Ellen said she had her own personal goals she wanted to achieve.
“I want to improve my navigation skills and stuff like that,” she said.
“I know the theory but I haven’t really had the chance to put it into action.”
When asked what she was most excited about, she didn’t hesitate to answer.
“Climbing the rigging – that’s exciting,” she said.
YOUTH CREW: Ellen Johnson, 23, boarded the STS Young Endeavour on Tuesday afternoon for the voyage program, which is heading to Cairns.