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February 28, 2013
EUT Caitlin Guest joined Navy
after a voyage in STS Young
Endeavour. Six years later,
LEUT Guest has found her-
self posted to the tall ship and over-
whelmed by the experience.
“There is definitely a strong feeling
of déjà vu in coming back to Young
Endeavour,” she said.
LEUT Guest was encouraged by
friends to join a Young Endeavour
voyage, which proved to be a life-
“I knew after the sea-ride with
Young Endeavour that the Navy would
be a great career,” she said.
LEUT Guest is one of a handful of
former youth crew members who have
gone on to join Navy and been posted
to Young Endeavour as staff crew.
“Sailing as a youth crew member
really was a life-changing experience
for me,” she said.
“During my first voyage I learnt
to live and work with a diverse range
of people and to adapt to a challeng-
ing and unfamiliar environment, while
learning to sail a square-rigged tall
As the Young Endeavour communi-
cations officer, LEUT Guest is gearing
up for a busy year, which has already
seen the tall ship celebrate her 25th
anniversary with a birthday celebration
on January 25.
LEUT Guest said crewing Young
Endeavour was an enormous challenge
that would test her character and abili-
ties and give her other important quali-
fications including navigation.
She expects to model the leadership
and mentoring she experienced as a
youth crew member.
“My new role will challenge me
to develop a broad range of personal
skills and attributes, such as becoming
a more effective team member, mentor,
leader and communicator,” she said.
Patron of the Young Endeavour
Youth Scheme Governor-General
Quentin Bryce said the ship had made
a difference to thousands of young
“Since 1988, over 11,000 young
Australians have been given this mar-
vellous opportunity, and 10,000 others,
including many with special needs,
have experienced the joy of commu-
nity day sails,” she said.
“All of them will have disembarked
with a new understanding – about
themselves, about teamwork, about
meeting challenges, and, most of all,
A young lieutenant has returned to the ship
that sparked the idea of a career in Navy,
Michael Brooke reports.
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INSPIRING: LEUT Caitlin Guest is excited to be back on board STS Young Endeavour. Photo: ABIS Cassie McBride
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