NOVOCASTRIANS Anna Gibson and Avena Munro have learnt skills for life.
Teamwork, communication, resilience, patience, discipline, leadership and, of course, how to sail.
The duo spent the past 10 days on the STS Young Endeavour, which arrived into Newcastle on Wednesday.
The ship left Sydney with 27 youth aged between 16 and 23 on board, sailing south to Jervis Bay before making its way back up the coast with stops in Broken Bay and Port Stephens.
"It exceeded all of my expectations," Ms Gibson, 21, said. "Being out on the open ocean, having all the sails set sailing just through the power of the sails is unreal."
Ms Munro, 16, added: "In ten days you learn so much."
The ship is open to the public at Queens Wharf on Saturday from 1-4pm before a new voyage on Sunday.