Breaking news! Applications are now open for the 2016 Youth Leadership Challenge, which will take place 9 - 18 December, 2016! For more information, or to apply, CLICK HERE. Applications close August 1st!
The Windeward Bound Trust has always been led and powered by a vast network of dedicated and loyal volunteers. Historically, those volunteers have mostly been aboard the ship, helping out with our youth programs and fundraising daysails and voyages. We believe that we attract such high-caliber volunteers from all over the country and the world because we offer them the chance to do something FUN, EDUCATIONAL, and MEANINGFUL, and we are very proud of the volunteer experience we provide. But these days, we find ourselves in need of more than just ship-board volunteers.
In the last few years, the Trust has been growing and changing in many exciting ways. In 2014, we hired our very first full-time employee to take on some of the administrative load, research and apply for grants, and help develop new and innovate programming. A year and a half later, we secured funding that enabled us to double our staff size with the hire of a full-time First Mate!
That grant, which was from the Tasmanian Community Fund, was in support of the Trust's newest program initiative: Future Mariners of Tasmania. The vision of Future Mariners of Tasmania is that every young person living in Tasmania, regardless of financial background, geographic location, or family connections, knows that if they want to interact with the marine environment, have life-changing personal-development experiences, volunteer in their community, or develop skills that might one day lead to the attainment of qualifications and a career, then they can.
More recently we got the happy news that we have received a second substantial bit of funding from Skills Tasmania to support Future Mariners as a program that can give young people all over the state support in pursuing maritime-focussed careers. We feel very excited about the potential of this program to help us build more and stronger connections with schools and youth-serving organisations throughout the state, and enable us to offer even more high-impact, affordable programming to our state's young people.
Of course, with all of this change and growth comes new needs, and a heavier burden on the Trust's administrative team. Although we understand why so many volunteers are attracted to the romance of the ship, we also know that behind every successful tall ship is a dedicated and highly-skilled administrative team. That's why we are reaching out to you now -- our devoted network of Windeward Bound fans! -- to help us find a few good hands to join our administrative support team. If you think you or someone you know might fit the bill, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more!
An Ode in Remembrance of Trim - 1st February 2001 to 14th February 2016
Our faithful and beloved cat, Trim, has crossed the rail and gone from us. She truly lived the adventurous life of a sailor, for 15 years she sailed as a fully fledged member of our Ship’s Company, across many deep and blue waters, from The Tasman, Coral, Arafura and Timor Seas to the Pacific, Indian and Southern Oceans, even becoming an honorary citizen of New Zealand.
She entranced all she met along the way, and became a National celebrity during our circumnavigation, and true to her sailorly spirit, Trim sought out (and often found) the most interesting adventures, whether in port or at sea. She would always rush past, intent on her own, (unfathomable to us) mission. But once on board it was clear to all she was there to stay!
Ravaged by multiple lymphoma in these recent months, her body emaciating away, her mind however was still sharp and her sense of adventure being greater than her bodily strength, she did as many sailors before her have done, and ventured where she should have not. At least she is spared any further bodily collapse, and any ensuing pain.
I paraphrase the words of Lt. Matthew Flinders R.N., used when writing his own memoir of his Trim of 1801, as it says much of Trim Mk2 of 2001. I am certain Matthew would approve of the changes I have made to fit our Trim!
“Thus perished my faithful intelligent Trim! The sporting, affectionate and useful companion of my voyages during 15 years. Never, my Trim, “to take thee all in all, shall I see thy like again”; but never wilt thou cease to be regretted by all who had the pleasure of knowing thee.
To the memory of
The best and most illustrious of her race, -
the most affectionate of friends, -
faithful of servants,
and best of creatures.
She made the tour of the Antipodes, and the voyage around
which she circumnavigated, and was ever the
delight and pleasure of her fellow voyagers………..
Many a time have I beheld her little merriments with delight,
and her superior intelligence with surprise:
Never will her like be seen again!
Trim was born in Western Sydney in the year 2001,
and perished at Hobart in the year 2016.
Peace be to her shade, and
Honour to her memory."
Lt. Matthew Flinders R.N. (1809) and Capt. Sarah Parry W.B. (2016)