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Young Endeavour Scheme Wins International Award

Young Endeavour Wins International Award

Commander Australian Fleet Rear Admiral Nigel Coates, AM, RAN has congratulated the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme (YEYS) for being awarded a prestigious international award.

The award from Sail Training International was announced at a ceremony in Liverpool, England, and recognises YEYS innovation and best practice in sail training for young people.

Running since 1988, YEYS is a unique development program, which conducts over 20 voyages a year for youths aged 16 to 23 onboard the tall ship Young Endeavour. Participants learn all aspects of sailing a 44 metre square rigged tall ship, developing leadership and teamwork skills at the same time.

Rear Admiral Nigel Coates said, "The award is testament to the hard work and dedication of those involved in making YEYS a world class training scheme."

"I congratulate the highly skilled personnel for providing quality training, from which young Australians continue to benefit. The challenges and experiences offered by YEYS are life changing," said Rear Admiral Coates.

"Young Endeavour is manned entirely by Royal Australian Navy (RAN) personnel. The Commanding Officer, and his crew exemplify the finest traditions of the RAN," he said.

Since its inception, YEYS has embarked over 8,500 young people.

The not-for-profit organisation is run in partnership with the RAN with all applicants selected by ballot.

Applications for a youth crew berth can be entered online at


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