THE trip of a lifetime awaits young Coffs Coast adventurers.
Applications are now to join Young Endeavour for 11-day voyages along the NSW and Queensland coasts during 2012.
"A voyage in Young Endeavour is a unique experience and one which develops skills for life," a spokesman said.
"The specially-designed youth development program increases self-awareness, develops teamwork and leadership skills and builds a strong sense of community spirit.
"No sailing experience is required and all young Australians aged 16 to 23 can apply."
Voyages will depart from Townsville, Airlie Beach, Mackay, Gladstone, Brisbane, Newcastle and Sydney.
During each 11-day voyage, youth crew work with a Royal Australian Navy staff crew to learn the skills to sail a square-rigged tall ship.
Each participant has the opportunity to set the sails, take the helm, navigate using the ship's charts, help the cook in the galley, and climb to the top of the 30-metre mast.
Once they have learned the skills to sail the ship, each youth crew takes command of Young Endeavour for 24 hours, setting a course along the coast.
Youth crew are selected via an online ballot.
Applications for the current ballot will be accepted until March 2.
For more details, visit www.youngendeavour.gov.au.
Since 1988 the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme, in partnership with the Royal Australian Navy, has provided challenging training voyages for more than 11,000 young Australians.
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