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Kelley Priest of Ocean Shores is aboard the Young Endeavour on her way to Gallipoli. (supplied)
Kelley Priest of Ocean Shores is aboard the Young Endeavour on her way to Gallipoli. (supplied)

A 22-year-old Ocean Shores woman is on board the Young Endeavour on her way to Gallipoli to take part in the Centenary of Anzac service.

Kelley Priest flew to Spain a couple of weeks ago to spend 21 days sailing to Turkey with 23 other Australian and New Zealanders.

It’s not the first time Ms Priest has sailed on the national sail training ship, having already crewed on a voyage along the east coast of Australia.

‘The friends you make on the trip are friends for life, and the adventure and challenges you face are like no other,’ Ms Priest said prior to the latest voyage.

‘The lack of sleep and being away from friends and family will be difficulty, but it is all so worth it.

‘I’m most looking forward to anchoring off Gallipoli for the 100 year Anzac service.

‘Going to Gallipoli has always been a dream of mine and to be there for the centenary is so special to me.

‘I’m very lucky, and unbelievably excited.’

During the voyage Ms Priest and other members of the youth crew will complete the Young Endeavour Youth Development Program under the guidance of a specially trained Royal Australian Navy crew.

They will participate in all aspects of sailing a tall ship, including learning to set the sails, take the helm, navigate using the ship’s charts, and climb to the top of the 30 metre mast.

Before arriving in Turkey they will have the opportunity to demonstrate these skills by taking command of Young Endeavour during a 24 hour command challenge.

On Anzac Day the ship will sail in company with an international Navy fleet off North Beach during the Joint Dawn Service.

Lieutenant Miquela Riley RAN joined Young Endeavour’s crew in 2013 and has been navigating the square-rigged tall ship to Turkey.

‘For me the most significant part of the World Voyage will be going to Gallipoli for the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings.,’ she said.

‘My great, great grandfather died at Gallipoli on Anzac Day 1915, and I will be the first person in my family to go there and see the battlefield first hand.

‘I hope to see his memorial at Lone Pine Cemetery.’

Young Endeavour will remain in Europe for six months and will represent Australia in the Sail Training International Tall Ships’ Races – promoting international friendship, and furthering education and development for young people of all nationalities. The ship will return to Australia in December 2015.


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  1. Our son sailed aboard STS Young Endeavour in 2013 out of Gladstone Qld. He said it was the hardest but best thing he’s ever done. Well done Kelley, I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time and the Gallipoli experience will be one of a life time. We wish you a safe journey.

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