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FREE Pirate Day at East Fremantle Yacht Club

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Pirate fun on board Duyfken sailing ship
East Fremantle Yacht Club will be under attack by pirates on Sunday, January 7 with Dutch replica sailing ship, The Duyfken, moored at the yacht club.

Pirate Day, Duyfken, Dirk Hartog, East Fremantle Yacht Club
A young pirate on board The Duyfken. Picture supplied

But one suspects there'll be a good deal more fun in the battles at East Fremantle than those in which the original Duyfken took part in 400 years ago in the Dutch East Indies.

People are encouraged to dress up in their pirate best for the free family day of pirate fun from 10am to 2pm.

Visitors can go aboard the Duyfken replica for a short tour to get a taste of what life was like aboard a spice ship on the waters off Indonesia four centuries ago.

Duyfken, East Fremantle Yacht Club, Pirate Day
Pirates having fun at the Duyfken. Picture supplied

The faithful reproduction of the early 17th Century ship, built around 1595 gives a real sense of the harsh conditions experienced by those who sailed out from Holland to the Dutch East Indies on the original vessel.

She was involved in battles with the Portuguese, caught up in storms, is credited with being the first European ship to discover Australia and was finally abandoned in Indonesia when she could not be repaired.

The enthusiastic crew of the replica will get dressed up and have some fun as they get out the cat o'nine tails to demonstrate what a lashing was like aboard in the old days.

Duyfken, Pirate Day, East Fremantle Yacht Club
Duyfken CEO Peter Bowman getting in pirate mode. Picture supplied.

This is a great opportunity for a free visit to the ship, which has had a busy year sailing up the coast as part of the 400 year celebrations of Dirk Hartog's visit to the coast of WA at Shark Bay and a busy time moored at Elizabeth Quay last summer and more recently an overhaul to replace a damaged engine.

East Fremantle Yacht Club will stay in pirate mode after the attack and is offering school holiday pirate hunts on the river from January 8 to 12.

This includes four hours of sailing run over two days at a cost of $50 per pair (one adult and one child).

Places are limited places and enrolment forms can be obtained by emailing or phoning 9339 8111.

East Fremantle Yacht Club is at the base of Petra Street in East Fremantle.

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Why? Dress up like a pirate and see what life on a 17th Century sailing ship was like.
When: 10am to 2pm
Phone: 08 9339 8111 (East Fremantle Yacht Club)
Where: East Fremantle Yacht Club at the base of Petra Street, East Fremantle WA
Cost: FREE
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