Young Leaders of the Sea — The Next Generation

Young Leaders of the Sea — Inspiring the Next Generation

A key component of the #AWBFnextgen campaign, Young Leaders of the Sea is a Tasmanian youth development project focused on fostering seafaring skills and an inclusive maritime culture. A partnership with visiting heritage and replica Tall Ships, the project will provide youths (18-23 years), from regional or diverse backgrounds, the opportunity to crew a Tall Ship and embark on an incredible voyage from their home ports to Hobart as part of the 2025 Australian Wooden Boat Festival. #AWBFnextgen

'' young person should be denied the opportunity of sail training whether disadvantaged by financial, social or other circumstances.'' — Captain Sarah Parry

Young Leaders of the Sea — The Next Generation

Promoting Equity, Understanding & Inclusivity through Education

This project seeks to promote equity, cultural understanding and inclusiveness within the seafaring community, providing opportunities that advantage Tasmanian youth through education and pave the way for the next generation of maritime leaders.

An experience of a lifetime, sail trainees will be encouraged by seasoned mentors to ‘learn the ropes’, stretch themselves and pursue personal challenges and goals. On board, they will develop core transferable skills: technical and navigation skills, teamwork and interpersonal skills, problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, adaptability, resilience and leadership. No previous sailing experience is required.

Social and Cultural Outreach

Your support for this initiative not only promotes wooden boats, maritime culture and sustainability but also facilitates ongoing educational, social and cultural outreach programs within the Tasmanian community. Additionally, Young Leaders of the Sea helps to make the AWBF a more socially and age inclusive event.

Your Donation

In order to support AWBF's social and cultural legacy we must establish alternate forms of revenue outside of Government funding and revenue generated on the Festival site.

Your donation will go towards funding:

  • Education and mentorship costs
  • Project coordination and social support services
  • Clothing, equipment, and tools
  • Travel, accommodation, and catering costs
  • Insurance, storage, and logistics

Your donation can change the life of one young Tasmanian.

Young Leaders of the Sea — The Next Generation

Pledge to Support #AWBFnextgen

To pledge your support and provide opportunities to advantage youth and create the next generation of wooden boat and maritime enthusiasts please donate via the button below or email,au

To provide this opportunity to one potential young leader this project needs to raise over $5,000 per person.

All donations over $2 are tax deductible through a partnership between AWBF and the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR).

The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) (ABN 27 091 810 589) is a charitable foundation based on partnerships between philanthropy, community, government and business. FRRR partners with Australian Wooden Boat Festival Inc to assist in the fundraising for the organisation’s activities as charitable projects in line with FRRR’s purposes, through a Not-for-Profit Fundraising Account. Donations made into the FRRR Public Fund with a request that it is granted to AWBF are tax deductible because of FRRR’s tax status. For more information on FRRR please go to