Future mariners prepare to set sail

YOUNG Tasmanians will have increased access to maritime recreation and employment opportunities thanks to a new youth development sail training program run by the Windeward Bound Trust in 2016.

Following a grant from the Tasmanian Community Fund, the ‘Future Mariners of Tasmania’ program will enable young sailors to discover or deepen their passion for the marine environment in one of four ways – day sails, voyages, volunteering or maritime scholarships.

Windeward Bound Trust master and managing trustee Captain Sarah Parry said a voyage or day-sail aboard Windeward Bound would bring participants “out of the virtual world and into the real world.”

“Mobile phones stay home and they are left with the fresh air, the sounds of the ship and the challenge of working as part of a team – in real life,” she said.

The Future Mariners of Tasmania will also include the addition of a new first mate position.

This full-time, salaried position will combine traditional first mate duties with a focus on Windeward Bound Trust’s award-winning youth development programs.

“This position is a rare opportunity for Australia’s professional mariner community to get the best of all worlds – tall ship sailing, traditional maintenance techniques and the chance to make a difference in a young person’s life,” Captain Parry said.

For more than 15-years, the Windeward Bound Trust has been offering youth development sail training voyages and maritime career scholarships for Australia’s young and disadvantaged aboard the STV Windeward Bound.

For more information, visit www.windewardbound.com.au.

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