Cam Curtis,
2017 Tasmanian Student Voyage Participant

"The voyage truly changed my life for the better. It showed a side of me that I had never experienced. Before the Windeward Bound I had never even seen a tall ship and by the end of the voyage I didn't want to leave. It started a passion inside of me I never even knew existed. Sailing a Tall ship is an experience you would never forget and its something you just have to do to fully live your life. It gives you a feeling of freedom, From climbing the mast and looking out over the ship and the vast amount of water to pulling lines and feeling a sense of satisfaction seeing a sail set and knowing that it was you and your watch that accomplished it not anybody else. It sets you up with a heap of new skills you never knew you wanted, from learning sail theory to meteorology to navigation to just learning how to get along with others better. It was a marvelous experience and I think anyone who is bored of normal life or just wants to do something different should give it a go."

Darcey Smith,
2017 Tasmanian Student Voyage Participant

"I had the privilege of embarking on a journey hosted by the team at Windeward Bound. Over the ten days I learnt many things not only about myself but about tall ships and other people. There were many activities onboard that helped me experience new things and become a better version of myself. The trip was one of the most worthwhile things I have ever done...I would not hesitate to recommend the trip to anyone!"

 

Holly Bowd,
2016 Youth Leadership Challenge Participant

When I first embarked on this voyage, I knew that it was going to be an unforgettable Adventure, that I would make great friendships, and have an amazing time, but I could never have guessed that it would be as incredible and fulfilling as it was.

It proved to be an unforgettable and priceless experience full of amazing moments like facing the challenge of climbing aloft in rough seas, learning about Navigation, Weather Conditions, Ship Lines & Knot tying and more unexpectedly, that when seasick it is possible for a crew member to projectile vomit out their mouth and nose simultaneously and, that there is “more than one type of Seal Colony”.

 There were hundreds of hilarious moments and never a moment that I and all of my fellow crew members didn’t have a big smile on our faces.  The voyage was full of learning opportunities, ranging from general shipboard knowledge to communication and leadership skills along with developing an understanding of diversity and different cultures.

The voyage provided an invaluable learning opportunity and an experience that I will remember forever, providing me with not only a wider understanding of the value and importance of the bonds forged within a crew situation but the many benefits of being involved in a leadership group.

 I now believe I have improved my communication and leadership skills and consider myself a more capable leader as well as a more mature and responsible young adult better capable looking after myself and making my own decisions. 

Although only a 10 day voyage, I disembarked the ship with friendships that will live on for a lifetime.