So for weeks I have been trembling with anticipation. Part of the program for Perth was a sailing trip on the Swan River organized by the Royal Perth Sailing Club.  When the great day came I am told that there had been a change of plan. We would no longer be going out because the wind was too high. I am devastated. I had been wearing the sailing gloves that Ian gave me  24 hours a day for the last week.

Instead there was to be an excursion on the Duyfken.


The literature said that the Duyfken had been to West Australia in 1606 – 164 years before the arrival of Captain James Cook. It also said that the boat was Dutch.  Clearly misprints.

This is she under full sail.

This is she under nearly full sail.

So off we go on a perfect replica of a 17th century sailing boat. It is wonderful! The crew let me help with setting sails and stuff and in a typically ” No worries” way allow me to run around the boat with no restriction. The wind is strong, so we motor down the river towards Fremantle and then turn so the wind is behind us.

First we raise the foresail.

Complex business

Complex business

I try to engage the skipper, who has spent his life on huge oil tankers, in sailing strategy discussion. Strangely he seems to ignore my advice. We then raise the much bigger foretopsail. This a brand new sail and there is some delay as various sheets and halyards have to be adjusted.

So much fun

So much fun

I have never enjoyed myself so much. So interesting – I realize that raising sail on these boats was a time consuming business. So what, if you were  miles out at sea with thousands of miles to go? Take all day if you want.

Even with just the two sails set, Duyfken swoops towards Perth at around 4-5 knots.

All good

All good

I used to have a 14.6 sailing dinghy, you know.

I used to have a 14.6 sailing dinghy, you know.

Once back on shore, there was a BBQ at the Royal Perth Yacht Club, which due to the wind,was a bit of a blow out. No worries! The trip on Duyfken was unforgettable. Thanks Perth.

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1 Response to Misprint

  1. What a great boat! We had the Brigantine Kaisei in Okinawa for a few introductory voyages. The original owner Mr. Kaoru Carlos Ogimi (Sailing Alone Across the Pacific) born in Spain He led Japanese tall ship sailing as chairman of Sail Training Association of Japan Preparatory Committee and was vice commodore of Nippon Ocean Racing Club. He was one of our NPO founding members. I worked under him for the Okinawa Tall Ships Festival ’97 as part of the “Sail Osaka Tall Ships Festival”. Some of the world’s most famous Tall Ships were here docked at the military port in Naha. The Tall Ships sailed/raced from Hong Kong-Okinawa-Osaka. He passed me a book, I can guarantee you will enjoy, about one of America’s most famous sailors. The Kaisei sails out of San Francisco with Hong Kong as its Asia base. If you ever have a chance, it would be worth a visit. https://boetrosset.wordpress.com/2012/09/06/setting-sail-project-kaisei/

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