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Esperance girl sails to Busselton on Leeuwin Sail Scholarship

15-year-old Tyler Coats had the opportunity to step out of her comfort zone during her summer holidays this year. She boarded the STS Leeuwin II in the hope to learn sailing skills and tackle new challenges.

Tyler was one of six recipients of a CBH scholarship which aims to support students in grain growing areas so they can develop leadership and team management skills whilst sailing on the Leeuwin Ocean adventure Youth Explorer Voyage.
Three days of seasickness at the start of her journey did not stop Taylor, her Watch Leader said that she became an active member of the group, a confident climber and she worked well with the watch. At the completion of her voyage, Taylor was given a Letter of Encouragement from the Captain for her perseverance.

Tyler anchored down in Busselton in January 2022, with her key takeaway from the week-long trip being “If you have the correct mindset, things will come a lot easier.”

In partnership with the Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation, CBH offers six scholarships for young West Australians who are keen to take part in the youth development program, with scholarships in the Midwest Zone, Central Wheatbelt Zone, Albany Zone, Esperance Zone and the City of Kwinana.

The scholarship provides the opportunity for young people (14-25) to engage in all aspects of the program and step out of their comfort zone through challenges such as climbing the 33-metre main mast and working aloft, navigating the ship and taking the helm, standing watch while sailing at night, setting and handling sails and much more.

To find out more about the voyage and how to apply visit

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