Hastings Secondary College student Madisan Rogers is setting sail for an 11 day adventure on the high seas.
The 17-year-old has been accepted as one of 24 young Australians to sail on the tall ship STS Young Endeavour from November 17 to 27.
Madisan applied for the voyage from Newcastle to Eden in September and was accepted.
Madisan said stepping aboard the 10 sail, square rigged tall ship will be an adventure.
"I'm scared but it will be fun because I just get to learn everything and there will be people there who will have sailed before," she said.
"I've been out on boats a little bit but sometimes I get seasick. It's a bit of an odd adventure for me.
"I like giving everything a bit of a go and I'm not scared of a challenge. I'm most looking forward to meeting new people and having new connections around Australia.
"I want to have a career in something to do with marine studies. We went to the Great Barrier Reef in July and I was really interested in working at Lady Elliot Island."
During the journey she will be tasked with learning how to navigate, keep watch, climb the 30 metre mast and take the helm, guided by nine trained Royal Australian Navy crew.
She will also be living below decks and maintaining a 24 hour watch routine with other youngsters.
Madisan is following in the footsteps of Hastings Secondary College Science teacher Lloyd Godson, who sailed with the ship in 1996.
"I went on just after I finished high school and sailed from Sydney to Brisbane," he said.
"It was amazing because I was pretty introverted and shy at the time. That trip really gave me a lot of confidence to do overseas travel on my own.
"By being out at sea, working in a team and taking over the boat you are forced into leadership."
HSC supported learning teacher Sarah Rowsell also sailed on the ship, during a voyage from Adelaide to Melbourne.
"This is one of the most amazing experiences and adventures of a lifetime," she said.
"Make sure you give everything a go, make friends with the cook and pick a good crew position on the last sail."
Port Macquarie Sailing Club secretary Stuart Symons said the Hastings have a long history of sailing experience.
"It's about teamwork, leadership and confidence gaining," he said.
"Port Macquarie has an ideal waterway for sailing and it has been around for 60 years in the area.
"You look around the world and you'll find some of the best sailors in the world are Australian."
Each year the Young Endeavour, launched in 1987, travels along the east and south coasts of Australia in 20 voyages.
The ship was originally given to Australia by the British government in 1988 to celebrate the Australian Bicentenary.
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