... the sounds of a sailing ship on a calm
night in tropical seas, the thrill of coping with heavy weather, dolphins diving in front
of the bow, finding out you can do it, making friends in good company, learning to
respect, trust and care for the sea, your country and your crewmates and gaining a
real sense of self achievement. Imagine all this and you are beginning to imagine the
adventure of participating in one of the legs of the 'Windeward Bound' Matthew Flinders
educational voyage around Australia.
Each leg of the voyage will be of varying
duration and involve port visits, seeing remote coastlines, visiting sheltered pristine
beaches, hobnobbing with whales, dolphins and other wildlife as well as visiting some of
the world's greatest natural wilderness areas.
There will be a specific project and purpose for each leg. For example there will
ecological, geographic, social and historical studies of flora and fauna, marine sciences,
meteorology, aboriginal cultures and history, navigation and seamanship. Already planned
are re-enactments of Flinders' voyage on the 'Investigator' and touch on the landings of
William Dampier on the 'Cygnet' and the Dutch Navigators of the 17th Century.
The 'Windeward Bound' has supervisors on board to run the educational curriculum. Participating schools
that send a student or students will maintain contact via a unique website connecting them
to their "other" classroom ashore. All participating schools will be able to
follow the voyage from their classroom via the Internet and communicate with the
'Windeward Bound' through the Web Club website.
To balance the educational curriculum of the voyage, the age of 'voyage crew' will be
limited those aged 15 to 18 years and encompass Years 10, 11and 12.
A number of voyage legs
will be exclusively available for adult 'voyage crew'.
But be quick as these places are being taken faster than expected.
Rates Applicable to 31 December 2003
|STANDARD RATE (Adults)
||$220.00 PER DAY
|Scholarship Rate (Conditions Apply)
||$110.00 PER DAY
Rates include GST
Staff crew are also required for a number of the
voyage legs. Click here for more
information on this chance of a lifetime.