‘Seas’ the day for self-discovery

‘Seas’ the day for self-discovery

‘Seas’ the day for self-discovery

Rough seas and blustery weather weren’t enough to take the wind out of her sails when JCU student Sharon Jan jumped on board the Young Endeavour. The Creative Arts and Media student took to the open seas in July for the once-in-a-lifetime voyage. Sharon’s story is about a journey of fun, friendship and adventure.

In July this year, I was lucky enough to receive a berth on the sail training ship Young Endeavour, sponsored by the James Cook University Cowan Grant. It has always been something I have aspired to do since I was a kid and I was thrilled when I got the news of my successful application.

Sharon Jan with her fellow crew members, holding an Australian flag.

I joined the ship in Sydney, along with 21 other amazing Australian youth, and set sail for an 11 day voyage. Over the first few days we were trained to sail the tall ship, including how to navigate, keep watch, take the helm, climb aloft and set sails.

A side view of the ship, with the crew of the Young Endeavor sitting on the edge.

We navigated some of Australia's most beautiful coastline, spotting whales and making port visits on a regular basis. While I was not expecting it to be an easy trip, there were definitely some tough times, with the cold weather and sleep deprivation getting the better of me.

The full crew on the deck of the ship, islands rising from the ocean in the background.

Despite this, I would not change a single thing. The knowledge that I have gained over the voyage, not only about sailing but also myself, made every chilly overnight watch worth it. The staff and youth crew also made the trip a lot of fun, with plenty of memorable moments made over the voyage.

The young crew on the prow of the ship.

The Cowan Grant Young Endeavour Leadership Scholarship was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is even remotely interested in the program.The Young Endeavor at sunset, with land int he background.

Published 10 May 2019