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The Australian Sail Training Association publishes a quarterly e-newsletter with the latest news about tall ship events in Australia and New Zealand, and about vessels and opportunities to sail.

South Passage Wins Queensland Outdoor Recreation Award for Outstanding Achievement

South Passage’s Adventure Under Sail program was announced as the winner of the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federations (QORF) 2015 Award for Outstanding Achievement of an organisation at a ceremony held in Brisbane on the 30th October, 2015.

Selected from a range of finalists representing organisations across Queensland the award was presented to South Passage for their dedication and commitment to best practice and high standards in the delivery of outdoor recreation.

On accepting the award South Passage – Adventure Under Sail President, Russell Shaw, thanked the South Passage members for their ongoing support and commitment to delivering on the South Passage Vision of ‘To grow and develop young people through adventure under sail’.

You can join South Passage on her voyage north from Sydney to Brisbane early next year (10-17 January), there are places available on board for all ages and experience levels. Create memories that will last a lifetime, make new friends and challenge your self!

Further information on South Passage is available at their website

Three Foreign Tall Ships Visiting Oz and NZ in 2015/16

Exciting news! We have 3 foreign tall ships visiting us in 2015-2016. Some local tall ships may offer charters for when these ships arrive or depart ports. The current dates the ships will be in port are as follows:
Guayas from the Ecuadorian Navy
·   Perth, 21 - 25 Dec, 2015
·   Sydney, 6 - 10 Jan, 2016 (ANMM berth)
·   Wellington (NZ), 17 - 21 Jan, 2016

Tenacious from the UK - Jubilee Sailing Trust

·  Fiji to Sydney, 29 June - 30 July, 2016
·  Sydney to Melbourne, 7 - 16 Aug, 2016
Then she’s intending to stay about 6-9 months in Australia, visit their website for more information.

Esmeralda from the Chilean Navy
·   Sydney, 2 - 6 Nov, 2016
·   Auckland (NZ), 17 - 23 Nov, 2016

More information will be posted on our Facebook page as details are finalised.

Join AUSTA Today!

Join the growing body of members, vessels and organisations dedicated to developing sail training in Australia and New Zealand for the benefit of all young Australians and New Zealanders and their communities.

As a member of AUSTA you will gain;
* The Tall Ships Newsletter,
* Sail Training International's 'Masthead' subscription,
* A copy of Tall Ships Today - Their Remarkable Story.

Offer valid until 31st December 2015.
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Sail On Board One & All To Tunarama Festival

The STV One & All provides a unique adventure that will deliver you to the doorstep of the Seafood Capital of Australia, Port Lincoln and the Tunarama Festival. The Tunarama Festival occurs annually on the Australia Day long weekend with the original idea being to help promote the tuna industry in Port Lincoln. Nowadays the festival is aimed at families with free entertainment, competitions and contests being organised for all age groups.

So why not set sail across the Gulf from Adelaide to Port Lincoln, navigating the local coastline during the voyage, passing features such as Althorpe Island, Wedge Island and the many lighthouses that dot our coast. 
As we sail the “locals” come out to play. The seals, dolphins and sea birds are never far away to watch and follow our moves. The wildlife take every opportunity to give us a show of their nimble moves above or below the waterline.

For more information and to get on board visit the website.

Bursaries Available For Youth To Join Tall Ships Races 2016

The Sultanate of Oman Bursary scheme is available to young people aged between 15 and 25 years who require financial assistance to join a ship in the International Tall Ship Races. The scheme helps to fund young people from around the world to benefit from the life-changing experience gained from participation in races and regattas organised by Sail Training International. The bursaries are available to any youth regardless of background, nationality, physical ability or sailing experience.

Mikaela Sparre, a recipient of a bursary in 2015, sailed on board the Norwegian ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl from Ireland to Norway. She said 'the experience was an opportunity of a lifetime. The people I met were inspiring and it is now a dream of mine to work internationally on tall ships.'

For more information and to apply visit the website.

Boxing Day Sails

Boxing Day is one of the highlights on the sailing calendar for Sydney and it is becoming somewhat of a tradition for those not making the voyage south to come out for the day on the James Craig, Soren Larson, or Southern Swan. Experience the excitement of the lead up and start of the 71st Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race from the deck of a tall ship.

Enjoy lunch, drinks, live music and soak up the atmosphere created by hundreds of spectator vessels also out to watch the impressive fleet embark upon their journey to Hobart.

Get your family and friends together and join in all the fun as Sydney Harbour comes alive on Boxing Day!
For more information and to get on board visit  http://www.shf.org.au/ for the James Craig or http://www.sydneytallships.com.au/ for Soren Larson and Southern Swan.

Yukon Tours to Port Davey

by David Nash, Captain of S.V. Yukon

After the hectic pace of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival and the hundreds of passengers that sailed with us over the 4 days, Yukon took on a serene air, as we made southwards toward Port Davey. 

The first evening was spent alongside at Kettering. Then it was out down the D’entrecasteaux Channel with a slight breeze, enabling a full spread of sail to be set and in the brilliant sunshine the peaks of Southern Tasmania gradually unfolded away to the west. About dusk on a near drifter, we anchored in Recherche Bay. Yukon lay at anchor 2 nights as a front passed south of us, then continued on to Port Davey.

The scale of Port Davey with its majestic peaks and sparsely vegetated hills brings joy and a sense of eeriness, pristine and delicate, yet rugged.  We are happy with the comfort of life onboard. Yukon provides us comfy bunks, good food including the occasional barbeque, a little wine and a song or two.

After 4 nights and days here it is time to start our passage home. After a swim at Balmoral Beach it’s down the Bathurst narrows and out into the open sea again. A good steady passage home on the fading Westerly, followed by a days sailing back up the Channel to Kettering where we disembark our guests, we all feel the power of what has been shared as we say our good byes. Port Davey always leaves lasting impression.

Yukon sails to Port Davey on a regular schedule, for more information and to book visit their

Sail Back In Time With The STS Leeuwin II

The STS Leeuwin II is offering an exclusive opportunity to join a historical voyage along the WA coastline to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first Dutch contact with Western Australia made by Dutch sailor and explorer Dirk Hartog.

On the 25th October 1616 Dirk Hartog made landfall with his ship the Eendracht at the landmark soon to be known as Dirk Hartog Island.

As part of the anniversary celebrations next year, Western Australia’s own tall ship, the STS Leeuwin II, will offer history and sailing enthusiasts the unique opportunity to sail in Dirk Hartog’s steps, experiencing a taste of life aboard a traditional 1850s style vessel.

Sailing enthusiasts of all ages will be invited to join the voyage which will depart from Fremantle on the 14th October 2016 and arrive in Shark Bay on the 21st October 2016. 

For more information visit the website.

Duyfken Undergoes First Stage of Major Refit

Duyfken has undergone a month of maintenance to complete stage one of a major refit before she leaves on her Hartog Voyages. Countless hours of contribution from volunteers and shipwrights have resulted in new fuel tanks, upgraded electrical system, re-caulking of the hull seams, an engine room upgrade and much more!

In late August 2016, Duyfken will set sail from her home port of Fremantle on a 6 week Voyage that will first take her south to Bunbury, then north again to Mandurah, Hillarys, Jurien Bay, Dongara, Geraldton and finally Denham at Shark Bay.

At each port, Duyfken will be on exhibition for school groups and members of the general public to come aboard and discover the challenges experienced by the ‘Dutchies’ in their quest to grow the trade from the East Indies.

There are also crew positions available on 8 separate voyages. For more information and to get on board visit the website.

Young Endeavour To Complete World Voyage

Twelve months after setting sail from Sydney, STS Young Endeavour is on her way home to Australia to complete a circumnavigation of the world. More than 200 young Australians have joined 20 Royal Australian Navy crew during the World Voyage, spending up to 60 days on board the 44m brigantine.

The World Voyage crew have crossed the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, sailed through the Mediterranean and North Seas and in the English Channel, rounded Cape Horn and the Cape of Good Hope, participated in the Centenary of Anzac at Gallipoli, and represented Australia in the 2015 Tall Ships Races. They are currently sailing across the Indian Ocean to Fremantle.

Congratulations to Lieutenant Commander Gavin Dawe OAM RAN and the World Voyage crew on an extraordinary voyage, and to the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme for providing this outstanding opportunity to so many young Australians!

STS Young Endeavour is scheduled to arrive at Victoria Quay, Fremantle on 22 December 2015. The crew also look forward to welcoming visitors aboard at ports including Adelaide, Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane in 2016.

For more information visit their website.


Voyage Opportunities

Young Endeavour:
22 December - STS Young Endeavour returns to Australia - Fremantle
2016 Youth Voyages
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Easter 2016 - 5 day return voyage Melbourne to King Island
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Youth Explorer Voyages
3-8 January - Fremantle to Busselton
12-17 January - Busselton to Fremantle
More information

South Passage
10-17 January - Sydney to Brisbane
More information

Julie Burgess
2 hour sails - Devonport
10am and 1pm each Wednesday and Sunday, other times by appointment
More Information

One & All
19-21 January - Adelaide to Port Lincoln
27-29 January - Port Lincoln to Adelaide 
14-19 February - Voyage to Welcome HMB Endeavour
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James Craig
Day Sail - December 20
Boxing Day Sail - 26 December
Australia Day Sail - 26 January
New Crew Introduction Course:
15 & 16 January
12 & 13 February
25 & 26 March
15 & 16 April
13 & 14 May
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Lady Nelson
11-15 January - Hobart to Freycinet
17-22 January - Freycinet to Hobart
Lady Nelson sails on most Saturdays and Sundays. Harbour sails last for 90 minutes
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Day Sail - 13 & 20 December 
September 2016 - Dirk Hartog Voyages
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HMB Endeavour
February/March 2016 - South Australia (via Geelong, Adelaide, Port Pirie, Port Lincoln and Portland)
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8-13 March - Franklin to Port Davey return
22-27 March - Franklin to Port Davey return
7-12 April - Franklin to Port Davey return
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Soren Larson
Boxing Day Sail - 26 December
New Years Eve - 31 December
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Southern Swan
Boxing Day Sail - 26 December
New Years Eve - 31 December
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Windeward Bound
24 February - 4 March - Hobart to Port Davey Return
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SV Rhona H

Tall Ships Victoria

Spirit of New Zealand

Sail Training International

Tall Ships America (TSA)

Raffle Tickets For Sale!

Support South Passage's 2015 Raffle and help disadvantaged youth to experience the magic that is Adventure Under Sail. There are some great prizes to be won!

First Prize
A Raymarine aSeries 12.1" Chart Plotter navigational unit valued at $3299

Second Prize
An 8 day voyage from Sydney to Brisbane on South Passage valued at $1464

Third Prize
A family pass for a day sail (2 adults & 2 children) on South Passage valued at $235

Raffle closes 22nd December and there are only 2000 tickets available so be quick! Tickets are available through Rafflelink, for more information and full terms and conditions visit http://www.southpassage.org.au/

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