Sail into the sun­set aboard Duyfken

Melville Times - - NEWS -

CREW aboard the Duyfken en­joyed a well-earned bev­er­age on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon after suc­cess­fully guid­ing the Dutch replica sail­ing ship from Fre­man­tle to the South of Perth Yacht Club.

The trip was a lit­tle un­ortho­dox for a tall ship as work­ers first re­moved the mast so the ves­sel could fit un­der Fre­man­tle’s bridges.

The Duyfken then made its way a short dis­tance up river to the Royal Fresh­wa­ter Bay Yacht Club, where the mast was re­in­stalled ready for the fi­nal leg of its trip into Ap­ple­cross.

It is here crew will be of­fer­ing twi­light sail­ing ex­pe­ri­ences on the Swan River be­tween now and March.

Duyfken 1606 Replica Foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Bow­man was con­fi­dent the 700 re­main­ing tick­ets for the sea­son would be snapped up quickly.

“We take the ves­sel from the South of Perth Yacht Club, right back down to Fresh­wa­ter Bay, then sail the ship with the sea breeze all the way back down to Royal Perth Yacht Club and down to­wards the Old Swan Brew­ery,” he said. “It’s a magic sail.” Built in Fre­man­tle and launched in 1999, the $3.7 mil­lion Duyfken is a copy of the one used by the first Euro­peans to set foot on Aus­tralian soil in 1606, some 10 years prior to Har­tog’s ar­rival aboard the Een­dracht in 1616.

For tick­ets, visit Tick­etek.

Duyfken 1606 Replica Foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Bow­man and 18-year-vol­un­teer Frank Talen.

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