12 Months On


August 18 2016…Hartog Here We Come

It's hard to believe…yes, 12 months ago, the lines were being slipped and Duyfken was about to depart the Sardine Wharf in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour on a 4-month voyage to celebrate Hartog’s arrival on the west coast in 1616.

It was an epic voyage, and one that didn’t take long before the Duyfken crew would be tested as they headed south to Bunbury.  Only hours into the Voyage, Duyfken rounded the northern end of Garden Island to sail smack into a howling southerly and a 3-5 metre swell. Sails were packed away, the engines were sprung into action, and for the next 18 hours, the ship and crew were tossed violently by the raging sea. The Duyfken crew are tough…they survived the ordeal, arriving in Bunbury 24 hours ahead of schedule.

There was a real look of relief as they pulled alongside their berth in Bunbury…Voyage 1 complete, only 8 more to go!

August 18, 2017…One Year On

Twelve months on, the Duyfken team are hard at it preparing the ship once again for months of sailing – this time on the calm and respectful waters of the Swan River. There’s painting to finish, new rigging to be installed, a marine survey to pass…and a heap of little jobs to finish off. But, come September 26, Duyfken will be on the move from her winter home in Fremantle to her new summer base at the South of Perth Yacht Club at Coffee Point in Applecross. It’s a big move requiring the masts to be lifted, and layed on the deck, before Duyfken motors upriver to her base where the masts will be re-stepped and the rig re-attached. All this to be done in time for the Club’s Opening of Season on Sunday October 1st – so, it will be a well-planned scramble, and if you’d like to be part of the relocation team then contact Pic Lee on administration@duyfken.com

Our Twilight Sailing program will then commence on Saturday October 14, with sailings scheduled through until the end of March on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, departing the yacht club at 4pm.

Tickets are available at www.duyfken.com/sailing