TS Marmion Australian Navy Cadets from Hillarys Boat Harbour recently sent 11 cadets and a staff member on a voyage on the Leeuwin II from Fremantle to Bunbury.
While on board, the cadets, who were joined by 19 other adventurers from Port Hedland and Mandurah, took part in an intense week of activities that included climbing aloft, sail handling, steering on the helm, navigating and working as a team.
Some of the amazing sights included whales, dolphins, many sea birds and large pelagic fish.
The coastal scenery was amazing and the cadets were able to enjoy taking it all in during their down time. As the ocean’s swell began to increase in size, the ship began to pitch and roll and some cadets had to work their way through sea sickness.
Successful completion of the voyage contributed five points towards WACE Certificate as well as exposing them to challenging, adventurous and life-changing experiences.
The highlight was when the cadets took charge of the tall ship, operated the sails and sailed under their own command for the final day of the voyage.
TS Marmion hopes to make it an annual activity for any Australian Naval Cadets with the only pre-requisite being a minimum age of 14.