November 2015 Newsletter


Duyfken Foundation in Good Hands

This year’s Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday, 27th October at the Royal Perth Yacht Club Annexe in Fremantle. 30 members attended to hear an update on the past year’s achievements from Chairman, John Longley.

And an exciting year it was. One that has provided the groundwork for a major year ahead in 2016, with the 2½ months regional engagement program associated with the Hartog Voyage.



A new Board of Management was elected as follows:

    Chair John Longley AM CitWA
    Deputy Chair Ron Reddingius
    Treasurer John Anderson
    Secretary Louisa Schmidt
    Board Member Robin Chester
    Board Member David Kerbey
    Board Member Michael Lefroy
    Board Member David Bowden
    Board Member Vikki Baldwin
    Board Member Geoffrey Leach
    Board Member Kasper Kuiper Board Member Frank Kaleveld
New Summer Sailing Dates Announced

Already Duyfken’s Ocean Sailing Program is filling rapidly, so new dates are now in the offing. Your day sail begins at 12.30pm at the ship’s berth behind Little Creatures, with a port departure at 1.00pm for your 3½ hours at sea with the wind in your hair and a little salt water perhaps!

Here are the added dates:
  • Saturday November 7
  • Saturday November 14
  • Sunday December 13
  • Sunday December 20
All the details are at There are Gift Vouchers available too…what a wonderful Christmas gift!


It’s Been A Big Job 

31 big days of maintenance to complete Stage 1 of the major refit before Duyfken leaves for Hartog Voyage in September 2016 and countless hours of contribution from a team of volunteers and shipwrights resulted in these major tasks being completed:

  • Installation of new stainless steel fuel tanks with a full upgrade of the fuel lines
  • Complete upgrade of the electrical system
  • Re-caulking of the hull seams
  • Engine room upgrade that saw work done to make this area airtight
  • Full replacement of the fire suppression and acoustic lining in the engine bays
  • Full inspection below the water line with the appropriate remedial work
  • A fresh lick of anti-fouling
  • … just a handful of what was achieved by the team! 

They say a picture tells a thousand are just a sample of some of the work.


Hartog Voyage Update

In late August 2016, Duyfken will set sail from her home port of Fremantle on a 6 week Voyage that will first take her south to Bunbury, then north again to Mandurah, Hillarys, Jurien Bay, Dongara, Geraldton and finally Denham at Shark Bay.

At each port, Duyfken will be on exhibition for school groups and members of the general public to come aboard and discover the challenges experienced by the ‘Dutchies’ in their quest to grow the trade from the East Indies.

You Can be Part of The Crew

There will be 8 separate Voyages ranging in length from 1-12 days duration as part of this historic adventure, with 4 crew positions per Voyage being offered to those who would like to pay for this once in a lifetime experience.

Expressions of interest for these crew berths are now open. So if you would like an Information Voyage Pack, then send an email to