Our coast

The Dutch bark Europa under full sail. Picture: Bratt Yates Bolle Wangen
The Dutch bark Europa under full sail. Picture: Bratt Yates Bolle Wangen

In the wake of Dutch explorers such as Abel Tasman and Cornelis de Houtman, they will pass the three notorious Dutch-named capes ” Good Hope, Leeuwin and Horn.

They are sailing from South Africa to Mauritius and on to WA to join the Tall Ships events in different ports of Australia and in Auckland, New Zealand.

Fremantle will be the first port of call on July 26 before sailing along the southern coast of Australia.

The ships will stay at Fremantle for several days before heading out to the grounding site of Batavia.

It is 50 years since the wreck of the Batavia was found. There are not many remains of the ship on the sea floor, with treasures spread over the maritime museums in Fremantle and Geraldton.

The ships will be open to the public.

Companies and groups can charter them for receptions or meetings onboard.

To follow the ships, visit www.dutchtallships.com.