The Royal Australian Navy’s sail training ship STS Young Endeavour joined the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race which got underway from Sydney harbor on Boxing day.
While the 44 meter brigantine won’t be chasing line honours, she will play an important support role acting as the standby radio relay ship.
Lieutenant Commander Mike Gough, commanding officer Young Endeavour said the southern ocean could throw up many perils, so the role of the Royal Australian Navy’s sail training ship was important.
“The weather conditions on the southern ocean can be unpredictable and ships can get into trouble,” he said.
“Our role will be to relay any messages of distress from ships in the race to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, so the most appropriate support can be provided.
“Not all racing yachts have satellite communications, so we are in a position to provide an important service.”
The yacht race is also an opportunity for Young Endeavour alumni who have the sailing bug to sail in a world class event.
The race is scheduled to arrive in Hobart on New Years Eve.