Meet the Crew


Duyfen's Crew


Andrea Cicholas
Second Mate

Home Town:

Fremantle

Experience at sea:

12 months on tall ships in Australia and overseas. Several ocean-going crossings in yachts

Why are you going on the expedition?

To learn and see new things an have new experiences.

Your interests:

Apart from sailing, anything outdoors such as hiking and cycling. Also nature and the environment.

What you expect to achieve?

A safe and enjoyable journey for all on board.

Gary Wilson
Current Ship's Master

Time spent at sea:

17 years, 9 of those in square rig.

State/Country of residence when not at sea:

Sydney, Australia.

Why are you embarking on the Duyfken Voyagie?

An opportunity to sail a vesel of this period. New areas to sail through.

What are your interests?

Square-rigged ships and maritime history, music, sports.

What do you expect to achieve?

Writing An understanding of the period rig.

Greg O'Byrne
Leading Hand

Home Town:

East Fremantle, WA

Experience at sea:

Around 10 years. Bits and pieces around Australia. Just come over from 20 months as a watch leader on S.A.S sail training vessel, tallship "One&All".

Why are you going on the expedition?

The opportunity to sail Duyfken is a challenge I couldn't refuse. The opportunity to be part of a history making voyage to visit Indonesia.

Your interests:

Sailing, what else? Oh, my tin whistles also keep me occupied in my free time.

What you expect to achieve?

To circumnavigate Australia by tallship by the time I'm 25! This goal may finally be achieved!

Jane Doepel
Cook

Home Town:

Armidale, NSW

Experience at sea:

Voyage Crew on Enterprize

Why are you going on the expedition?

To learn. To be part of an amazing adventure, to sail to the Spice Islands and remote parts of Australia.

Your interests:

Cooking, sailing, other cultures.

What you expect to achieve?

The bread to rise, the coffee to be hot, the crew's bellies to be full and to live every moment, good or bad.

John Colvin
Leading Hand

Function on board:

Leading Hand

Home Town:

Perth WA

Experience at sea:

About 12 years. Learned to sail in Mirror dinghies at RFBYC, progressed to Lasers and 420s. Bluewater cruising aboard "Racundra" (40 ft cutter) - Exmouth. Voyage crew aboard "Endeavour Replica" Fremantle - Capetown - London 96-97. Yacht delivery Fremantle - Darwin 98. Coxwain Hayman Island 98 - 99.

Why are you going on the expedition?

It's a fantastic opportunity to travel to some unique and remote places and learn about the history first-hand. Opportunity to learn, and develop my skills as a seafarer. The chance of a lifetime!

Your interests:

Sailing, travel, sport, food, nature.

What you expect to achieve?

I hope to achieve from this voyage to develop as a person and as a sailor, and to perform within the team.

Michael Hemsley
Ship's Engineer

Home Town:

Geraldton, WA

Experience at sea:

Fishing vessels, fuel barges

Why are you going on the expedition?

Adventure, life experience, attachment to the ship.

Your interests:

Fishing, scuba diving, anything maritime.

What you expect to achieve?

To operate the machinery properly and safely, maintain it well, be a reasonable sort of ambassador.

Nicole Gardner
Leading Hand

Home Town:

Lichfield, Staffordshire, UK

Experience at sea:

20 voyages on Leeuwin since 1996

Why are you going on the expedition?

Great opportunity, great experience.

Your interests:

Sailing, reading, ropework.

What you expect to achieve?

Survival, learn as much as I can.

Peter Manthorpe
Former Ship's Master

Home Town:

Adelaide

Experience at sea:

I started sailing at about 5. When I was 17 I went to sea in cargo ships for about 8 years. Then I followed a romantic whim to sail on Bounty in the First Fleet Re-enactment from England to Australia. Since then I have been master of six different sailing ships. I have also fitted in about 5 years in the offshore oil and gas industry.

Why are you going on the expedition?

I love sailing, I love old sailing ships and I love learning to sail different kinds of ships. This one is especially interesting and very beautiful. I am also fascinated by all the possible reasons that people want to experience ancient technologies. In a computer-obsessed age, why does timber, flax and tar arouse such enthusiasm?

Your interests:

Sailing(!), literature, boat building and riding a bright red Italian motorcycle.

What you expect to achieve?

Personally, I think I will learn a great deal about history, and also contemporary cultures in Indonesia and Northern Australia. More generally, I think this expedition might provide a focus for some very valuable discourse about Australia's international relationships in the past. More importantly, I hope our voyage will help us better understand cultural difference in our region and in Australia.

Rupert Weller
Ship's Carpenter

Home Town:

Geraldton/Fremantle

Experience at sea:

Minimal. However have been on Duyfken on most times it has sailed.

Why are you going on the expedition?

As a culmination of having worked on Duyfken for a couple of years, have been given the position of ship's carpenter.

Your interests:

Wood and metal work, Photography, camping, outback travel, machinery restoration, lapidary, Australian history, gardening.

What you expect to achieve?

A greater appreciation of a not very well known aspect of our Australian history. To improve my knowledge of seamanship and sailing in general, while contributing in a positive way, by way of effort, to the success of the Duyfken expedition.

Duyfen's Foundation Staff


Con Smit
Chairman, Friends of the Duyfken

Graeme Cocks
Project Director

Nick Burningham
Maritime Historian

Tina Driver
Ship Shop Manager

Film Crew


Chris Watson
Website Mini Docs Director, Firelight Productions

Marcus Gillezeau
Documentary Director, Firelight Productions

Marcus Gillezeau is the director of the documentary about the Duyfken 2000 Expedition. He has been involved in making films since leaving school and has shot documentaries in Australia, Europe, Africa and Asia.

He is an expert with the new Digital formats and his microdocumentaries webcasts for the expedition website littledove.org are quite groundbreaking.

He has a company in Sydney called Firelight Productions which specialises in travel adventure documentaries. He and his partner and producer of this project Ellenor Cox are always on the lookout for new ideas so don't hesitate to contact them at firelight@one.net.au