All aboard for adventure

Written By miftah nugraha on Rabu, 10 Juli 2013 | 19.55

A GROUP of young migrants has set sail on an eight-day voyage of discovery around Tasmania.

Ten migrants who have settled in Tasmania from far-flung countries including Nepal and the Democratic Republic of Congo today joined six other young leaders from across the state on the brigantine Windeward Bound.

Congolese migrant Fabrice Bisimwa, 16, who now lives in Hobart, said he was nervous but excited about the voyage.

The trip on the sail training vessel aims to bring local teenagers together with "new Tasmanians" who have arrived as refugees.

They will be joined on board by seven experienced crew, including Captain Sarah Parry.

It was made possible with financial support from the Rotary Club of Hobart, the Windeward Bound Trust, the Hobart City Council and other Rotary clubs statewide.

Rotary Club of Hobart spokeswoman Mary Dwyer said one of the aims of the project was to unite young people who normally wouldn't have had the opportunity to meet.

"We have created an opportunity with the Windeward Bound project to put teenagers from war-torn countries together with teenagers who have only known peace," she said.

"On a micro level, our Windeward Bound project has all of the essential elements of community bonding."

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