The Alma Doepel is a three masted topsail schooner. Australian built and operated she was first launched on 10th October 1903. Alma Doepel is run and operated by Sail & Adventure Limited a not-for-profit company established in 1976.
Sail & Adventure Limited is a "not-for-profit" company that was formed by Michael Wood and David Boykett, who brought the Alma Doepel from Tasmania to Melbourne for restoration in late 1976. Over the years there has been a succession of directors of the company, with the board undergoing a complete change in the latter half of 2002 and further major restructuring in 2008. Sail & Adventure Limited owns the Alma Doepel. The directors of the company are all totally volunteer, and receive no remuneration for their efforts.
The directors of Sail & Adventure Limited all have common goals. These are:
- The continued preservation and restoration of the Alma Doepel.
- That the Alma Doepel regains her commercial survey status.
- When commercial survey is regained, to put the ship back into operation in Youth Sail Training.
A fantastic effort on Australia Day saw nearly $5,000 raised towards the restoration project. If you are interested in donating, you check out the details here
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