The Sail Training Ship STS South Passage is owned and operated by the registered Charity and not-for-profit association – The Sail Training Association of Qld Inc. The members of the association are volunteers, many with and without a background in sailing but all with a desire to make a positive difference in the lives of young people.
The founders, Simon and Marilyn Steenland, created South Passage in 1988, after seeing the tall ships from around the world in Brisbane on their way to the bicentennial celebrations in Sydney.
She was launched on 23 September 1993 and named ‘South Passage’ after the channel between Moreton and North Stradbroke Islands. Her maiden voyage with 24 voyagers was in December 1993.
Since then, she has taken over 40,000 young and not so young people sailing on voyages varying from six hours to seven days. Our crew love what they do and are passionate about inspiring the young and young at heart.