Mon­tana all set for big sail­ing ad­ven­ture

Southern Telegraph - - News - Chloe Fraser

Rock­ing­ham stu­dent Mon­tana Hicks will set sail in Novem­ber for a six-day voy­age aboard the STS Leeuwin II.

Help­ing to run a work­ing ship, Mon­tana will join par­tic­i­pants in tak­ing the helm to help nav­i­gate the ship, set and furl the sails, climb the masts, work aloft and stand watch while sail­ing through the night.

The SMYL Com­mu­nity Col­lege stu­dent re­ceived a schol­ar­ship through RMD Tankers and the Rock­ing­ham Kwinana Cham­ber of Com­merce to take part in the Leeuwin Ocean Ad­ven­tures Foun­da­tion’s youth ex­plorer voy­age.

Grow­ing up around water, Mon­tana said she was look­ing for­ward to be­ing out on the high seas.

“I’ve al­ways been around water and on boats,” she said.

“I thought this would be a good op­por­tu­nity to gain more knowl­edge and skills on how dif­fer­ent ves­sels work.

“I’m really look­ing for­ward to the ex­pe­ri­ence.” RMD Tankers spon­sors one stu­dent to em­bark on the week-long ad­ven­ture aboard the WA sail train­ing ship each year.

Di­rec­tor Robert O’Con­nell said while there were six ap­pli­cants for the schol­ar­ship in the Rock­ing­ham area, the com­mit­tee thought Mon­tana would ben­e­fit the most from the ex­pe­ri­ence.

The voy­age de­parts from Fre­man­tle on Novem­ber 22 and will ar­rive in Bun­bury on Novem­ber 28.

Pic­ture: Chloe Fraser

SMYL Com­mu­nity Col­lege VET of­fi­cer Kemiel Per­rier, Mon­tana Hicks and RMD Tankers’ Brendon Hunt.

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