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Kalgoorlie-Boulder students among the last groups to set sail on the Leeuwin before coronavirus lockdown

A group of Kalgoorlie-Boulder high school students was among the last to participate in a popular sailing program for the 2019-20 season before operations were suspended because of COVID-19.

Last term, several Eastern Goldfields College students set sail on the STS Leeuwin II as part of the Leeuwin Ocean Adventure program.

The trip was far from smooth sailing and the planned voyage from Albany to Fremantle was disrupted by strong winds and rough sea conditions.

After making little headway towards Cape Leeuwin, the captain made the decision to return to Albany and spend a day at anchor, with students participating in training rotations and team-building activities.

EGC student co-ordinator Hannah Garrett said despite the challenging conditions, the group learnt many valuable lessons during the trip.

“Students had a great time and really loved the opportunity and experience,” she said. “The Leeuwin Ocean Adventure is such a great opportunity for students to be challenged and discover their strengths while working on their self-confidence and leadership skills.”

Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation chief executive Carol Shannon said with all events cancelled until September, the focus now was to secure the future of the Leeuwin program.

“More than ever before we will be dependent upon community, corporate and government support,” she said.

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