Awards & Acknowledgements
The Story so far..
Letter from Georgina
Windeward Bound Poem
Tasmania....''beautiful one day, wild the next...'' Bob's Journey
Ship's Progress Report to June 2011
Crew Bowling Night
Elements of Shipboard Safety Training
Port Davey & Recherche
Special Voyages and Events
Images from Col
Images from Jeff
Images from Jocelyn & Alex
Images from Jocelyn & Alex - 2
Images from Sophie
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Read Claire's Story
and you will want to join us right away!
January 29th 2005
'Its our first day on this stupid boat and I canít believe Lyn made us do this. Iím so tired and all I want to do is go home'
'I have been throwing up a lot I the last two days. I wish the boat would get us home faster. Iím so home sick. I really need a smoke.'
This is how I was feeling my first couple of days on the Windeward Bound. For the last two years I was used to sleeping in, smoking, laying on the couch, watching TV, showering for as long as I wanted to and being able to wash my hair. Really not doing anything challenging or physical and suddenly thrown Into a world where I had to work with others and show respect towards them I barely got any sleep and was being bossed around by people I didnít really like.
'We have finally hit Tasmania and are anchored at Maria Island. I climbed aloft to help tie the sails up. While up there I told Lisa the challenge Scott had set me. It was to touch the top white bit, 23 metres above deck. Lisa told me to follow her so I did and we climbed all the way up there. Once I got to the top everyone on deck started cheering for me and at that moment I knew the trip had been worthwhile'.
It was our last morning on the boat. I canít believe it is over. Rick took me aloft this morning to watch the sunrise. It was beautiful. I donít want to get off - Iím having way too much fun.
That trip was earlier this year. I canít believe how much I enjoyed myself. Itís a once in a lifetime opportunity that Iím so glad I got a chance to do. I walked away from that trip with more than I could have imagined. I suddenly had more confidence, moderation, I had gained new skills including working and getting along with people o might not like, I had giving up smoking, drinking everyday and I made some really good life long friends, which Iím still in contact with and I also found a new passion I never knew I had. I no longer wanted to lie on the couch all day and watch TV. I enrolled in an Aged Care course at TAFE, which I loved and completed in July this year and also applied to go on Young Endeavour, which I went on at the end.
Young Endeavour challenged me in new ways. It had only been 9 youth crew before and now I have to live with 23. On command day I was chosen to be one of the chefs and had to cook for around 40 people. I had to work closely with two other people; at one stage I found it hard to keep my mouth shut when they were in my way. But we did it. We cooked three meals and ended up having a really good time togetherĒ.
The week I got back from that trip I got a phone call from Jenny, Windeward Boundís mother. The captain wanted to talk to me. She offered me a job which I start this Sunday (October 2nd)2005. This will be a new challenge for me. I canít see my family or friends for 3 months and will be spending Christmas without them on the boat, but it will be well worth it at the end. I might never get this opportunity again, but there will always be more Christmas's!
Runaway to sea and advance yourself ....
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