Bundy teens' Endeavour adventure

FOUR Bundaberg teenagers have just arrived home after a wet, rough 10-day sailing trip from Townsville to Airlie Beach on the Young Endeavour sailing ship.

Bundaberg High School students Chontelle Peterson, 17, Danni-elle Curson, 17, Brodie Johnson, 16, and Damien Harrison, 17, braved the wild weather on the 44m (144-foot) ship over the past 10 days on the Coral Sea.

Chontelle said she would recommend the experience.

"It was really good, even though it was a bit cold, rainy and wet," Chontelle said.

The young sailors were rotated on four-hour "watches", to keep the ship operating safely 24 hours a day.

"We took the helm sometimes, we acted as lookouts on each side of the ship, checking for land, rock, checking we were on track using the navigation system and checking the engine room," she said.

"There were a few whales, but I missed them because I was sick."

Three of the Bundaberg teens suffered seasickness, but all said they loved the onboard experience.

Chontelle said she had made many new friends.

"I will definitely stay in touch with them through Facebook and email," she said.



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