|The Previous Crew - Profiles, Photos and Roles on
Eighteen months is a long period for our
crew to take time away from regular jobs and their day-to-day lives. As our new crew join
us and our old crew members move on, we think it is important to acknowledge their
contributions to such a unique voyage.
Our old crew members are not forgotten... read on and find out more about the people
who have helped to make this voyage happen from day to day.
|Peter McKinnon - First Mate,
Peter first got hooked on Tall Ship sailing after a
stint as voyage crew on HM Barque Endeavour from Southport to Sydney in September
2000. After helping Endeavour arrange some funding and visits to Aboriginal and
mining communities in the Top End, he was invited to sail on Endeavour as 2nd Mate and
Navigator in Sept/Oct 2001.
When Peter was invited to join the Windeward Bound, he was ready to escape the day to day
running of his Occupational Health and Safety Training and Assessment business in Sydney
and head for sea.
However, Peter hasn't escaped work completely. His expertise in OH and S and his post
graduate studies in fatigue in the transport industry will be combined with his work on
the Windeward Bound. With the help of Captain Parry and the crew, Peter will write up the
mandatory Safety Management System (SMS) for the ship, and help to trial, review and
modify it to be ready for instigation in early 2003.
And Peter's thoughts?
"It's amazing. I'm sitting here, looking out over the Dampier Archipelago, waiting to
catch a couple more fish for dinner as we sail southwest with a 10-15 knot nor'westerly
pushing us along. It's a hard life!"
|Mike Dallen - Second Mate,
Third Mate, Blue Watch Leader Sydney - Weipa, Darwin - Geraldton
Mike is an accountant and has spent 5 years on square
riggers as a way of getting out of the office.
To use Mikes own words, he was "born with an interest in square rigged sailing,
despite coming from country NSW".
Mikes role as Watch Leader on the Windeward Bound is not a new one. In this capacity
he has also spent time on Svanen and James Craig, both sailing out
of Sydney. He freely admits he has a very understanding family who refer to his
prolonged involvement in the restoration of the James Craig as spending time
with his mistress and the Windeward Bound as his Current Mistress.
He has 2 sons, both living away from home (at 22 and 25) and shares with his lovely
wife - also an accountant - bushwalking, so he doesnt lose his capacity to
"keep his feet on the ground".
His philosophy is not to ever be in a position to say "Id give anything to have
had the opportunity.." and he firmly believes a ship needs to grow its own crew
for optimal function which, inevitably, takes time and challenges - simply because we are
all human beings!
|Melissa Tranter - Red Watch
Sydney - Bundaberg, Groote Eylandt - Geraldton
Melissa grew up living by the Woronora River in
Southern Sydney and she rather unexpectedly fell into the world of tall ship sailing in
2001 after a 10 day voyage on STS Young Endeavour. As a result, she started
working as a volunteer on Windeward Bound in January 2002, while the ship was
sailing harbour cruises in Sydney.
During preparations for the Matthew Flinders Circumnavigation voyage, Melissa was
offered a position as Watchleader and she jumped at the opportunity! Studying Nursing at
the University of Technology Sydney at the time, Melissa decided to defer her degree for a
year and instead studied for a General Purpose Hand Certificate in preparation for the
voyage. Apart from taking on the challenges of Watchleading, Melissa is enjoying the
opportunity to travel around Australia, discover new places, meet interesting people and
listen to some of the local music. Once she leaves the Windeward Bound in October,
Melissa's adventures will take her overseas early in 2003, before she returns to Sydney to
finish her nursing degree (and gets a chance to play hockey again, which she is missing
Actor, Website Manager, Blue Watch Leader
Bundaberg - Weipa, Darwin - Geraldton
Kiah was introduced to the sea and travelling six
weeks before she was born, when her parents sailed from Adelaide to Perth. Childhood years
spent travelling through the Australian outback and overseas were enough to convince her
sister of the benefits of settling down, but Kiah had been well and truly bitten by the
travel bug. Although she completed 3 years of a Medical degree at the University of
Tasmania, Kiahs heart wasnt in it and she hit the road again, backpacking
around the world.
Kiah was introduced to the world of square rig sailing in the UK where she worked as a
tour guide and crew member on the Golden Hinde for 7 months. On returning to Tasmania, she
soon tracked down the Lady Nelson and sailed as a volunteer with her for a number of
years. The circumnavigation voyage is Kiahs first opportunity to sail as a
crew member with the Windeward Bound, and combines her two loves: a chance to become more
addicted to the world of square rig sailing; and her life in the theatre. Performing as
Trim in a show about Matthew Flinders to school kids around Australia is proving to
be one of the highlights of her voyage.
Cook, Carnarvon - Geraldton
Ken Dryden is a fisherman from Carnarvon, Western
Australia. He heard about the possibility of a Cook's job on board the Windeward
Bound and decided to apply. The reasons for applying are two-fold:
One because Ken had never been to sea in a sailing vessel and had always wanted to see
what it would have been like for sailors of old.
And secondly the opportunity for an adventure was too strong to resist.
And in Ken's words: "I urge anyone who has the chance to sail on Windeward Bound to
do so. It is a unique experience. I take my hat off to the Captain and Crew. Tight Lines
and a Fair Wind to All."
(If you see Ken once he reaches shore, please apply Bourbon and Nicotine immediately!)
Cook, Broome - Carnarvon
Anne is a nurse from Mandurah, WA, with a love for
life, adventure and the Eagles (AFL) Football Club.
Anne decided the football season was over for her when she heard of the chance to run away
to sea on the Windeward Bound for 6 weeks, cooking for the crew.
Never previously spending longer than a day trip on a tall ship but having been on many
other boats of all shapes and sizes, Anne was desperate to be a part of the Windeward
Bound adventure, so she successfully convinced Captain Sarah that she was the right person
for the job.
Adventure and Challenge... here Anne comes!
Second Mate, Sydney - Carnarvon
Indi left the circumnavigation voyage to join the
Soren Larson in NZ as second mate. Congratulations, Indi, and Good Luck!
Indi started working on board the Windeward Bound when she was 15 years old. After going
to Port Davey as a Dish Pig (nowadays referred to as a CMO - Ceramic Maintenance Officer),
she decided to pursue a career in the square rig industry, an easy decision when compared
with her previous work experiences as a cleaner, bartender, kitchen hand and cook. Indi
came on board the Windeward Bound full time in 1999 and she has been a permanent crew
member since, with a short break on shore in 2000 to complete her HSC.
In 2002, Indi gained her Master Class V, with the required 900 days sea time accumulated
with the Windeward Bound, Svanen, and the James Craig.
Indis main interest on board is rigging. She plans to continue her square rig career
overseas in the next couple of years on ocean going tall ships or as a full time rigger.
Engineer, Environmental Officer and Actor
Sydney - Port Hedland
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 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.
First Mate, Darwin - Broome
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.
His past involvement includes voyages from Devonport to Sydney, Southport to Brisbane and
Watch Leader, Cairns - Wyndham
Nick began sailing in his native New Zealand and
caught the square rig bug aboard STV Spirit of New Zealand.
When he moved to Hobart in 1998 he started crewing as a volunteer aboard the Lady Nelson
while completing high school and starting university, where he currently studies Medicine.
In 2002, Nick has deferred a year of university to work as a bush walking guide in
Tasmania, crew as a watchleader on the Windeward Bound, and travel overseas. He leaves the
ship in Wyndham to go to Far East Nepal where he will work as an English Conversationalist
for 3 months.
First Mate, Sydney - Weipa
Barry was born in Hobart and has sailed his own
yachts for many years. His interest in square rig sailing was fuelled by many years
sailing, as a volunteer, with the Lady Nelson, based in Hobart. While with the Lady
Nelson, Barry acquired sufficient sea time to gain his Master Class 5 Ticket with a square
As first mate on the Windeward Bound for the first 3 months of the circumnavigation
voyage, Barry has entertained the crew with his dry sense of humour, his ability to be
asleep (or in his bunk) anytime you need him and his unexpected rescue of Trim when she
attempted to check out the local marine life a little too closely in the Gulf!
Education Officer, Sydney - Weipa
Doug was born at a very early age and is now 45
going on 19.
He completed training as a teacher with a Batchelor of Education from the University of
Tasmania in 1978 and has since taught students at every level from Grade 1 to Grade 12.
Dougs involvement with the Windeward Bound started soon after its launching. He
worked for 4 years on weekends as a volunteer while the vessel was being rigged and was
part of the crew during the first sailing trips around the Derwent and Southern Tasmania.
Since the Windeward Bound moved to the mainland in 2000, Doug has had to satisfy
himself with making blocks for the ship, so the opportunity to take on the role of
Education Officer on the Windeward Bound during this circumnavigation voyage was too good
to pass up. Doug has a wife, a son (21), and a daughter (19) and his current
passions are church, blacksmithing, and learning pidgin English so he can write children's
stories for the schools in the Solomon Islands.
Cook, Wyndham - Broome
Volunteer Crew, Wyndham - Broome
Nicola and Darren joined the Windeward Bound, as
cook and volunteer crew respectively, for a short stint having just spent a few months
working in the Bungle Bungles. One extreme to the other!
Both the positions on board the ship and in the Bungle Bungles were a break from their 4WD
journey around Australia in order to earn some money and experience more closely the
country they were travelling through.
Cook, Darwin - Wyndham
Chris is a New Zealander, backpacking around
Australia during 2002. He is picking up odd jobs here and there to fund his travels and
cooking on the Windeward Bound has got to be one of the oddest! Certainly an interesting
experience... and not everyone can say they have celebrated their 19th birthday Windeward
Cook, Darwin - Darwin
Hailing from The Netherlands, Marcel is our first
international cook on the Windeward Bound.
Marcel is currently 4WD around Australia and took on the position of cook on board to see
a different perspective of Australia.
With a great sense of humour and talented at playing the guitar, Marcel became a popular
and valued member of the crew, especially when dishing up one of his specialty dishes -
banana picklets or caramelised apples! Delicious!
Cook, Cairns - Darwin
Dave is not a stranger to cooking on board ships,
however he is more used to cooking on the luxury cruising yachts in the Whitsundays than
on a tall ship sailing around Australia. So the chance to sail with the Windeward Bound
was partly a challenge and partly a chance to experience a completely different way of
Not content to hang around the galley, Dave pitched in and became part of the Windeward
Bound team, hauling on lines when an extra pair of hands was needed.
Dave is now back cooking on the 'white boats', this time in New Zealand for the America's
Cook, Sydney - Cairns
Mel was introduced to fishing and the water by
her Dad, who was a professional fisherman at Turkey Beach south of Gladstone (100 million
years ago). Shooting and skinning kangaroos for bait for crab pot traps, setting nets,
snorkelling, and sailing her Dad's really tiny sailboat made up a great childhood and
developed in Mel a love of fishing and ships.
A 3 hour sail around Sydney Harbour on the Windeward Bound was Mel's first introduction to
the world of tall ship sailing and during a tour of the ship, she found out about the
circumnavigation voyage and the need for a cook. That was it... she had an interview with
Sarah about doing a leg as the 'cook', got the job and loved every minute of it, apart
from being seasick fairly regularly!
Before setting off on the voyage, Mel worked as a Holiday Sales consultant and was able to
take 2 months off to follow this 'dream of a lifetime'. With plenty of time to think and
work out what she wanted to do in life during the voyage, Mel decided on a change of
career and is now working for Charity Challenges, a non-profit organisation which helps to
raise funds for all kinds of charities. Maybe sailing a leg on the Windeward Bound could
be a 'challenge'... you never know...
|Nick Henshaw - Blue Watch
Waiting on the CV...
|Marcee Thompson - Trainee
Waiting on the CV...
|Stevie Thompson - Trainee
Joined the ship in Carnarvon for an eleven day
trip from Carnarvon to Geraldton. My sisters and I were in the Navy Cadets and they
organised our trip as part of our cadet training. I was going to be on the ship for just
the leg from Carnarvon to Geraldton but I fell in love with the ship and everything that
went with it, even though the first trip ended up back at Carnarvon because the seas were
too rough and the wind too strong. We sailed from Carnarvon for Geraldton then rejoined
the ship in Fremantle as trainees. We hope to stay on for 2 years and complete our
training as General Purpose Hands and Coxswains. I am doing year 11 by correspondence, and
when Ive finished Id like to go to University and study nursing. I think that
working on the Windeward Bound is a good opportunity to meet new and interesting people
and learn new skills which will help me in the future.
| Patrick Cerini
Waiting on the CV...