On January 29th the Youth from the Wright of Passage Program set sail from Sydney with their support crew. After 12 months of refurbishing the donated wooden ketch 'Mercator', the boat now rebadged 'Wright of Passage Mercator' began its voyage under bright blue skies in Sydney.
The boat has now found it's way to Eden in Southern NSW and will wait out a southerly today before heading off for Bass Straight early on Friday Morning.
It is an experience of a lifetime for these youth who have worked for the past 12 months refurbishing the Wooden Yacht in preparation for this journey to Hobart for the MyState Bank Australian Wooden Boat Festival
SWD is proud of the success of the Wright of Passage Program, which is aimed at disadvantaged and disengaged youth. Out of the 7 Youth who have so far undertaken the program 4 have secured apprenticeships and 2 traineeships in the marine industry. And the 7th Youth has enrolled in University for 2019.
Watch the Channel Seven news item about Wright of Passage Mercator's departure from Sydney.