On one of the first voyages of the Leeuwin sailing season, the STS Leeuwin II departed with three women standing strong in their roles as Captain, First Mate and Engineer.
Captain Sarah Robinson, First Mate Angela Lewis and newly qualified Engineer Rachel Norrie, appeared on the deck to welcome the participants onboard the youth development voyage and set sail with confidence of the week ahead.
CEO Carol Shannon, speaks about her outstanding female crew and the importance of them as role models for young women of today.
"The pride we have in our predominantly female crew is all the greater because both our Chief Officer and Engineer started their careers as Leeuwin Youth Explorer voyage trainees. Angela and Rachel attribute much of their confidence and career achievement to Leeuwin - their positive role models, mentors and personal and professional skill development."
One of the opportunities presented to both male and female youth on board the Leeuwin is the introduction of a career in the marine environment or maritime industry.
Rachel Norrie was one of three young people who secured a 2016 Woodside Marine Cadetship.
The Leeuwin Foundation aim to enrich the lives of young people through adventure, participation and challenge onboard Western Australia's very own tall ship.
Woodside generously provide scholarships to young people aged 14 – 25 who live in the Perth Metropolitan, Broome, Karratha, Roebourne and Exmouth regions who are interested in a career in the field to join a Leeuwin voyage.
"Young people with a career interest in, on or associated with the ocean have an amazing opportunity to be sponsored by Leeuwin's long-term funding partner, Woodside, to join a Youth Explorer voyage. As it has been for Angela and Rachel, it can be life changing."
Scholarships are valued at $1,500 to be contributed towards the total voyage fare.
Young people within the regions are encouraged to apply via the application form at www.sailleeuwin.com.
The Foundation is an award winning provider of personal development and leadership programs that provides key life skills for young people aged 14-25 that they will take into their studies, careers and community.
Since 1986, the Leeuwin has provided exciting and life-changing programs to more than 40,000 young people across Australia.