Silver Sands local ready to set sail as part of Leeuwin's Ultimate Challenge voyage

Silver Sands local Jeremy Hay is eager to join the Leeuwin's Ultimate Challenge voyage for the sixth time this February.

The five-day sailing adventure departing from Fremantle is a truly unique experience for young people with a disability.

Mr Hay sailed on his first Ultimate Challenge voyage back in 2013, and has participated in four voyages since.

The 23-year-old has also returned to the Leeuwin to volunteer on multiple day sails, supported by his mum Darlene.

"I like being active on the ship. Being on the helm, hauling and coiling the lines, and making sure the ship is kept tidy," Mr Hay said.

"I've learnt the names of the different sails and how to set and furl them. I also learnt how to work in a team with my watch group.

"Every time I sail, I build on my knowledge and skills."

The Ultimate Challenge voyage will host 24 participants with intellectual, physical or sensory challenges and 16 carers/support participants, together with the Leeuwin's experienced crew and volunteer team.

Everyone on board will actively participate in the operation of the ship, including setting sails, steering, climbing masts and keeping watch during the night.

Leeuwin Ocean Adventure chief executive officer Carol Shannon said the voyage was a special experience which helps young men and women develop confidence and independence.

"The Ultimate Challenge voyage is the only one of its kind in Australia - offering young people with a disability an exciting, unique and rewarding ocean-going experience," she said.

"At Leeuwin Ocean Adventure, we are advocates of inclusivity and developing communication, courage and participation in and by all youth, recognising some voyage participants just need a little more help to achieve their goals."

The Ultimate Challenge voyage departs Fremantle on February 4, returning Saturday, February 8.

The voyage is Australia's only tall ship personal development program for people with a disability.

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