Dad gives son gift money can’t buy

Life lessons from the sea: Clay Roper with his dad Damien, who gave the seven-day voyage on the STS Leeuwin II to his son as a 21st birthday present.
Life lessons from the sea: Clay Roper with his dad Damien, who gave the seven-day voyage on the STS Leeuwin II to his son as a 21st birthday present.

Damien set sail on the WA ship’s 10-day maiden voyage from Fremantle to Esperance in 1987.

The Alexander Heights resident reminisced about his experiences as he watched his son Clay embark on his seven-day sailing trip this month.

The trip, a 21st birthday gift, is Clay’s first sailing experience.

‘I appreciate the value of the Leeuwin program as opposed to other programs because when you are at sea, you have to find a resolution to problems rather than just walking away,’ Damien said.

‘This experience really makes you realise you are the captain of your own ship, and I wanted Clay to have this experience.’