Air­lie lo­cal joins En­deav­our crew

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Inge Hansen

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.

Photo: Inge Hansen

YOUTH CREW: Ellen John­son, 23, boarded the STS Young En­deav­our on Tues­day af­ter­noon for the voy­age pro­gram, which is head­ing to Cairns.

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