Adventure bound

When the Windeward Bound sets sail in December, Nicholas Huisman, 17, will embark on a challenging new adventure. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

Sailing. Nicholas Huisman is preparing to embark on the 2017 Youth Leadership Challenge aboard the Windeward Bound.

The Circular Head Christian School student will join nine Tasmanians as well as 10 refugee youths for the 10 day voyage in December.

The Youth Leadership Challenge aims to foster personal growth experiences and build confidence,  communication and leadership skills.

Participants will keep watch and take the helm, learn to navigate, climb the 24 metre mast to set and furl the sails, and cook in the galley.

“I want to challenge myself to something new,” says Nicholas, seizing the opportunity.

“I have no sailing experience whatsoever but I’m excited for new experiences.”

The Windeward Bound will set sail on Sunday December 10 before returning Tuesday December 19.

“I don’t really know what to expect,” he says.

“They haven’t told us anything, to keep it all a surprise.

“All I know is, they say there is no ‘they’ to do everything – there is only ‘us’ so if no one peels the spuds, there is no meal.”

Nicholas was given an insight into the upcoming voyage earlier this year when he joined his classmates aboard the vessel in Strahan for a one day leadership camp.

“I had never been on a tall ship before then,” he says.

“It did encourage me to apply for this trip.”

The group toured the ship, climbed the rigging and hoisted the sails among other team building activities.

Youth Leadership Challenge participants are required to fundraise $1500 for the 10 day voyage.

A trivia night fundraiser will be held on Saturday October 28 at Dreambuilders Church, 31 Brittons Road, Smithton from 6.45pm.

Raffles and prizes will be drawn, and a light supper will be provided. Teams of up to eight people are welcome, cost is $10 per person with all funds going towards Nicholas’ adventure.

For more information or to register a team contact 6458 3081.

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