Duyfken sails up the Swan towards new home South of Perth Yacht Club for six-month stay


Captain Robin Chester at the helm of the Duyfken, which departed Fremantle for the South of Perth Yacht Club, where it will call home until March. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d474411
Captain Robin Chester at the helm of the Duyfken, which departed Fremantle for the South of Perth Yacht Club, where it will call home until March. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d474411

THE sun was barely up this morning when the Duyfken set sail from Fremantle, heading to its new home for the next six months.

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 to the South of Perth Yacht Club in Applecross where it will be based until March.

Locals can catch a glipse of the Duyfken sailing between yacht clubs between 4.30pm and 5.30pm today.

The ship, a replica of the original 17th century Dutch sailing ship, will offer locals the chance to enjoy a three-hour twilight sailing experience on the Swan River for the first time in three years.

Each voyage will cater to 12 people and will include a storyteller regaling those on board to the history of the ship, of early settlers and of the European and Indigenous history along the Swan River.

Tickets for the Summer of Sail Twilight Sailing program are available on Ticketek.

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