Julie Milne - Ship's Cook
Time spent at sea:
Approx. one month coastal cruising and recreational sailing on Moreton Bay.
State/Country of residence when not at sea:
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (originally from London, England).
Ships sailed on:
Duyfken, South Passage, cruising yachts.
How did you first get involved with the Duyfken project?
As a tour guide in Brisbane. A positive comment about the size of the galley led to four days on board as Ship's Cook: Brisbane - Mooloolaba, and Redcliffe to Sanctuary Cove.
Why are you embarking on the Duyfken Voyagie?
Because it has to be better than 'another day in the office' and, there'll be lots of stories to tell.
How do you cope with life aboard a small ship such as Duyfken?
It's hard to say as the life is new to me - but I like a simple life and I generally get along with everyone. Evening solitude on the poop deck will refresh the spirit.
What is the most unusual item in your sea chest?
A soft toy - Madame Cholet (the cook of the Wombles TV series).
How will you cope with the primitive conditions aboard?
I'll be fine as long as I've got a toothbrush (and band aid).
What do you find is the most difficult aspect of sailing aboard Duyfken?
Drama at sea and keeping pots on the stove - or could it be the weevils in the flour and rice?
What do you think will be the highlight of the voyage?
Having enough to eat, birthday cakes not burning and arriving at each port, in particular Holland, on my 44th birthday.