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Zofia rewarded for her endeavours

Saturday, 5th March, 2011

NEW OPPORTUNITY: Zofia Zayons (18) sailed on the Young Endeavour and was awarded the Order of Australia Association Medallion. NEW OPPORTUNITY: Zofia Zayons (18) sailed on the Young Endeavour and was awarded the Order of Australia Association Medallion.

The crew comprises young adults between 16 and 23 years of age who are chosen by a random ballot.


Zofia, who completed her HSC last year, embarked on the journey in Devonport, Tasmania on January 15.


She and 27 other people were shown how to sail the $22 million tall ship and Zofia said the first couple of days were spent battling sick sickness.


But after that passed everyone worked together to sail the ship, she said.


By day eight of the voyage, which was called Command Day, Zofia said the crew had to sail the ship all on their own.


“It was up to us. Everyone had something to do,” she said.


The staff on board could not instruct the crew to do anything.


They pick up technical skills required to sail a square-rigged vessel, including helming, navigation, rope handling, working aloft and even command.


Then they get to put into practice everything they have learned.


“The first couple of days were rough ... we had a variety of weather; cold weather, hot weather, wind and calm weather,” Zofia said.


“I had the time of my life.”


Zofia had been applying for the Young Endeavour since she was 15 and thought she would never get in. Then she received a call saying she had been accepted.


“I like to challenge myself. It was a new opportunity to meet new people,” she said.


“I didn’t know anyone and now I have 27 brand new best friends, everyone became really close.”


At the end of the voyage, Zofia was presented with an Order of Australia Association (NSW) Medallion in recognition of her commitment to the pursuit of excellence.


“I wasn’t expecting it ... there were a lot of great people on board and we all worked together as a team. It was a team effort,” she said.


Zofia said she would recommend the experience to anyone looking for a challenge and a rewarding experience.


She also said it was a good way to start her gap year. Zofia is planning on taking a year off before studying a double degree at the Wollongong University.

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