|The Current Crew - Profiles, Photos, Roles on
It takes an extraordinary person to run away
to sea on a square rig ship and it is even more extraordinary to get a group of these
people togther to undertake a unique voyage such as the Windeward Bound Circumnavigation
Read on... and find out about the people who are making this voyage a success from day
to day, night after night, from one watch to another.
|Sarah Parry - Captain
For Sarah Parry, being Captain of the Windeward Bound
is more than just a position. It is the realisation of a long held dream and ambition,
inspired by the adventures of Matthew Flinders, to build her own tall ship and recreate
Flinders circumnavigation voyage.
In the years leading up to this all-consuming ambition, Sarah has spent time as a member
of the Royal Australian Navy diving team, seeing action in the Vietnam War and in Malaya
After leaving the Navy, Sarah worked as a joiner and builder, becoming involved in set
design and construction in film, television, theatre and advertising, and went on to
become a production designer and art director, writer, producer and director.
In 1984, Sarahs long standing dream finally took the first step to becoming reality
when plans for an 1848 Boston built Schooner were found in the archives of the Smithsonian
Institute in Washington. It took 12 years of planning and building for the final step to
be completed, culminating in the launch of the Windeward Bound in Hobart, and another 6
years for the circumnavigation voyage to take place!
Sarah holds a Master Class 5 certificate, with square rig and sail endorsement, and is a
qualified Marine Engineer Class 3.
(alternating First Mate)
As a teenager, Malcolm sailed and raced small
dinghys in Tasmania and in 1987 sailed his own vessel, Stardust, on an extended cruise of
the South Pacific, visiting Noumea, Vanuatu, the Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands and
In 1993, Malcolm joined the crew on the Lady Nelson as a volunteer, sailing out of Hobart
and the East coast of Australia, and acquired commercial sea time in order to gain his
Master V certificate with a square rig sailing endorsement. He then operated the Lady
Nelson commercially for some years and in the 1998 Tall Ships Race from Sydney to Hobart,
Malcolm skippered the Lady Nelson into 2nd place behind the Young Endeavour in their
class, gaining 2 wonderful trophies for the Tasmanian ship.
Malcolm also skippers ferries in Hobart - the Cartela and the Southern Cross Wanderer -
during the summer months and spends the rest of the year delivering vessels up and down
the East Coast of Australia. In 2000, he gained his Open Master Class IV, allowing him to
operate vessels up to 90m in sheltered waters and 35m 600 miles to sea.
Malcolm first left school at the age of 15 to become a jockey and after growing too much,
did an apprenticeship as a plumber. He got sick of that real quick and decided
to sell cars for a better living, eventually operating his own business in Hobart.
Malcolm joined the Windeward Bound as First Mate in
Darwin, his third stint on the ship, for the leg to Broome. His past involvement includes
voyages from Devonport to Sydney, Southport to Brisbane and return.
- (alternating First
Gerry is a Master class 4 and MED 3 has sailed with Windeward Bound before. We
welcome him back. Apart from being a well known publican, Gerry has just returned from
sailing a 62' schooner from Hobart, across the Southern Ocean and around Cape Horn. Gerry
makes regular trips down to the Antarctic Circle, loving the adventure of wild water and
the beauty of the remote south. His steady approach to challenges and his ability to leave
no stone unturned when preparing for arduous voyages will be welcome on board.
|Jason Glover - (alternating
Jason has been going to sea since he was 12 as
his family have a Tasmanian Rock Lobster fishing business, in which he is still
His enormous thirst for knowledge brought Jason to the University of Tasmania,
where, from 1995 to 1999, he studied Philosophy, Geography, and Environmental Studies.
Topics touched on during his course were marine and coastal fisheries, coastal ecosystems
and planning. He did honours thesis on Environmental Management of Marine Farms in
And somehow, among all of this activity, Jason has managed to find time to indulge in his
love of live theatre and performing. He is currently pursuing his acting interests
He wouldnt admit it, but he is consistently affable and even tempered - a wonderful
trait at the best of times but on board a square rig ship, in confined circumstances, it
is a real asset to ship and crew alike.
|Dirk Lorenzen - 2nd Mate and
Dirk was born in Hamburg, Germany, but not before he
was introduced to sailing by his mother when she was 7 months pregnant. Four years later
he ventured out on the water on his own and his childhood was spent sailing his parents 18
ft gaff rigged ship called Jemmy. Dirk also sailed tall ships in Germany for a
number of years but he was introduced to square rig ships when he moved to Australia in
He has joined the Windeward Bound as a Watchleader to see and experience more of Australia
and accumulate sea time towards gaining his Master Class V certificate. He is mad about
Dirk always seems to have some maintenance project on the go!
A personal highlight of the circumnavigation voyage occurred in Gladstone in March 2002
when Dirk received his Australian Residency.
In his previous, pre-tall ship existence, Dirk owned and ran the Orpheum Cinema in
Germany, and worked as a projectionist at the Chauvel and Valhalla Cinema in Sydney.
||George Micet (Red Watch
George is orginally from Guildford NSW and
has been living in Perth since March last year. She moved to WA to explore more of our own
back yard, to meet new people and just for something a bit different. George has
previously been working in the Financial Planning Industry after studying Mathematics
& Finance at the University of Western Sydney however the "office job"
hasn't been her thing. George was looking for a total change in work environment, where
she could feel she was achieving something more significant then counting dollars.
As an ex-Young Endeavour Youth Crew member from March
1999, she volunteered for the Windeward Bound circumnavigation leg from Geraldton to
Fremantle and following her recent resignation there was a perfect opportunity to stay on
board. She joined the Matthew Flinders
circumnavigation voyage in Perth and is now on leave, studying for her Master IV
Certificate at the Australian Maritime College in Tasmania.
Stef Siemionow (White Watch Leader)
Stef was born in Darwin but grew up in
Adelaide. She went on several family sailing trips around Spencer Gulf, the Gulf of St
Vincent and the Whitsunday Islands before she was introduced to Tall Ships in January
2003, sailing from Port Adelaide to Melbourne aboard STV One & All. Having finished
school, deferred uni and "caught the bug". Stef found out about Windeward Bound,
and 2 days later had flown to Port Lincoln to meet up with her. Initially sailing to
Adelaide over 10 days, she was made White Watch leader when she couldnt bear to get
off. Stef intends to pursue a career in the Maritime Industry. "The experience is
like no other one could ever encounter. Its something you just have to do for the
love of it."
Scott Welk (Blue Watch Leader)
Scott was born in 1976 and comes from Adelaide in
South Australia. He joined Windeward Bound as voyage crew for the Adelaide to Portland leg
in May 2003 and then permanently in early July 2003. Scott has some experience in yachts
and some sailing experience prior to joining Windeward Bound. He also has a general lover
for the ocean, is an experienced Scuba diver and is interested in environmental issues
affecting the worlds oceans. "The reason I joined Windeward Bound was to to
something different with my life.Having worked for Holden for 10 years, I was looking for
something new. I am also accumulating the seatime to go towards my Master class 5
certificate. Best of all is what you learn about yourself and others that you meet along
Daniel is from Tasmania. He joined in August 2000 as
a voyage crew member on a sail training voyage from Devonport to Sydney. He soon returned
as a volunteers and worked with the ship for 4 months while in Sydney in 2000/2001. He had
to return home, but recently rejoined in July 2003 while the ship was in Devonport on
its Flinders Circumnavigation Voyage. He hs sailed with the ship since and says he
has learnt many new skills. Daniel also says he is looking forward to many more good
sailing days on board.
|Trim the Cat
Trim was adopted from the NSW Animal Welfare League
in West Hoxton in 2001 and is named after Matthew Flinders cat, who was
Flinders companion on his voyages and fondly written about in his journals.
The modern day Trim closely resembles the original feline in both looks and personality,
and just as the original Trim was an integral part of Flinders life and voyages, our
modern day Trim is a popular crew member and integral part of this circumnavigation voyage
Trim is being sponsored during the voyage by the Faculty of Veterinary Science of the
University of Sydney. According to Trim, the ship and crew require her constant
vigilance and the voyage just wouldnt be a success without her!
|Jennie Kay - Ship's Mother
Jennie sails with the Windeward Bound when her busy
life, as a pharmacist and mother in Hobart, allows. At times her 'bounciness' is somewhat
subdued with 'mal der mer' although she does find being on board very soporific, even when
she is not suffering. In between sleeps she loves chatting to absolutely everyone,
dispenses TLC, endeavours to help Captain Sarah with the reams and reams of paper work,
and writes lists on the whiteboard! Oh yes, Jennie also seems to have a camera permanently
in her pocket... so look out (Indi especially)!
Officially, categorised as 'supernumerary', she feels it is always best if someone else
goes aloft, takes the helm, or hauls on lines.
Whilst alongside, Jennie does her hardest work, coordinating whatever requires
coordinating, supermarket and bank visits (compulsory stops), endeavouring to sell berths
or merchandise to the unsuspecting public, and answering the Captain's phone.
Probably Jennie's role could be described as 'keeping things in perspective' and reminding
everyone how important they all are to this fabulous project - whether permanent or
voyager crew. Her greatest talent is being able to convince everyone adventure sailing is
always the experience of a lifetime and that they will never regret it.
As she pores over the computer screen on 'ship's business' at home, peering
out the window at the snow on Mount Wellington, Jennie wishes she was "in the warmth
of the north".