Seagoing adventure calls, with crew positions aboard Geraldton’s Batavia Longboat replica.
Constructed in 2002 by students of Durack Institute, it replicates the longboat sailed in 1629 from the Abrolhos Islands to the city of Batavia, now known as Jakarta, following the wreck of the Dutch East India trading vessel Batavia, on its maiden voyage to its namesake port.
That epic 33-day journey still ranks as one of the greatest feats of navigation at sea in an open boat.
Members of the Batavia Coast Replica Boat Association are able to relive that spirit of adventure on regular sailing days, and places are available.
Longboat crew are taught how to master a traditional working boat, using the same skills that took the original on its famous voyage.
Enlisting is easy, meet the association members on the Batavia Marina boardwalk behind the WA Museum Geraldton this Sunday at 1pm.