Australian sail training vessel on round-the-world voyage

A small, two-masted sail training vessel built in the UK in 1987 for Australia is currently undertaking an epic round-the-world voyage. The vessel, Young Endeavour, was built as a gift from the UK to Australia to celebrate its Bicentenary in 1988 and is operated by the Royal Australian Navy, carrying 24 young Australians on sail training voyages.

The voyage is being split into six legs, with Australian youngsters having the opportunity to join the whole voyage, or parts of it on a fare-paying basis.

The ship left Sydney, Australia on 22 December 2014, bound for Rio de Janeiro, the first of six legs of its global deployment. Young Endeavour is scheduled to return to Sydney in April 2016, after completing her global circumnavigation in Fremantle, Western Australia on 23 December 2015. The second leg of Young Endeavour’s world cruise was from Rio de Janeiro to Cadiz, Spain. She left Rio de Janeiro on 16 February and is due in Cadiz on 3 April. The tall ships third leg of her circumnavigation is from Cadiz to Canakkale, Turkey; then Canakkale to Southampton, UK; Southampton to Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Amsterdam to Rio de Janeiro; Rio de Janeiro to Cape Town, South Africa and, finally, Cape Town to Fremantle.

Young Endeavour will take part in the 100th anniversary of ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corp) Day services at Gallipoli, Turkey on 25 April.This commemorates the landing at Gallipoli by British, Australian and New Zealand troops during the First World War.

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