Duyfken arrives at Applecross for six-month stay

Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation chief executive Peter Bowman and 18-year-volunteer Frank Talen after reaching the South of Perth yacht Club on Wednesday.
Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation chief executive Peter Bowman and 18-year-volunteer Frank Talen after reaching the South of Perth yacht Club on Wednesday.

CREW aboard the Duyfken enjoyed a well earned beverage yesterday 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 October 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, about one and a half hours with the sails up.”

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.

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