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Leeuwin sailing adventure for Chris

  • Posted on 20 February 2019

Conquering a fear of heights and building confidence where just two of the great results for Chris when he sailed on the Leeuwin.

The chance to go sailing on the tall ship provided a truly memorable experience for Chris who shares an Identitywa house in the southern suburbs of Perth.

Sponsored by Identitywa, Chris participated in the five-day Ultimate Challenge voyage, sailing just off the coast of WA from the 11th February to 16th February.

The STS Leeuwin II is Australia’s only tall ship personal development program for people with disability.

“I was extremely pleased to hear that I had been chosen to be a crew member on the Leeuwin for five days,” said Chris.

“I was apprehensive though, in fact very nervous about being out on the ocean, but once we set sail I relaxed and enjoyed every single moment of my time at sea.”

One of Chris’ jobs was to do “Night Watch’ which he felt was quite a responsibility.

“My fear of heights was conquered during the trip and my confidence definitely improved,” said Chris.

“During our experience, we all worked as a team and the Captain was the Boss!”


Chris said it was good to come back to land and to see his mates again.

Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation’s STS Leeuwin II is a three-masted sail training ship designed in an 1850’s barquentine style. The 55 metres long and 33 metres wide tall ship was launched in 1986 and is the only tall ship in Western Australia to offer ocean adventure voyages specifically designed for young people with disabilities.

Identitywa is one of WA’s leading agencies supporting people with disability to live the life they choose.  With a strong commitment to Person Centred Active Support, staff work in partnership with individuals to explore, plan and design support options to suit their individual needs.

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