Alma Doepel Supporters Club

A major restoration project is underway to restore the Alma Doepel to resume its unique contribution to youth development in Melbourne as a sail training ship.

The restoration project relies on volunteer teams to carry out work on the ship and raise funds for materials and specialist skills and services. Volunteers will continue to be needed once the ship has returned to service.

News Updates

Keep up to date – Supporters News

Honour Board

Take a look at our new Honour Board recognising those that have donated to the ‘buy a plank’ scheme. It’s an awesome effort and we thank our donors. To view, see The Honour Board.


Unskilled and semi-skilled volunteers work on the ship and in the workshop for a wide range of tasks.

Volunteers receive supervision and are able to learn or extend their skills.

Work days are held every Thursday, Friday & Saturday (excepting a few holidays) from 10am to 5pm. Volunteers work on the days which are convenient to them.

New volunteers (and visitors) are welcome during these hours.

Regular volunteers come from all around Melbourne and regional Victoria.


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Fund raising is essential to assist with funding the cost of materials and specialist work. The fund raising team conducts a range of public relations and fund raising events and activities throughout the year.

Wine Offer for fundraising

We have just set up a great wine offer that has something for every taste. Be sure to check out the list of wines, brut and port with details of delivery to your door. For more information, see: wine offer.

The club works closely with important support groups including Docklands Chamber of Commerce, Docklands News and Destination Docklands.

Events include New Year’s Eve, Alma’s Birthday Party in October, Open Day during the National Trust’s Heritage Festival, Melbourne Day Regatta in August, car club meetings, BBQ’s and other events around Docklands and Victoria Harbour.

The team normally meets at 8pm on first Thursday of the month to plan events and activities.


Over 3,000 young people have sailed on the ship as trainees. Some continued sailing on the ship as leading hands. After completing a voyage they become “Voyagers”. Many voyagers continue to support the ship’s activities.


Membership comes with many benefits including:

  • Receiving regular newsletters
  • Extending and learning new skills
  • Assisting with conducting events
  • Participating at monthly meetings
  • Voting at Annual General Meetings
  • Receiving volunteer insurance (refer T’s & C’s)
  • Meeting new friends
  • Working alongside like minded people to achieve the aim of seeing the ship conduct youth development activities once again

All volunteers maintain their financial membership with the Supporters Club.

Membership categories and subscriptions for 2020-21 are:

  • Individual 1 year – $50
  • Individual 5 year – $200
  • Family 1 year – $65
  • Family 5 year – $260

To apply for membership, download the application form and mail with subscription. Contact us for a form to be mailed.

Also contact us for further information or visit Shed 2 on a work day.

Download ADSC Membership Form


ADSC Committee 2020-21

President – Norm Boreham

Vice President – Bill Reid

Secretary – Karin Otto

Treasurer – Tom Parks

Membership – Rod Alsop

Members – Tim Horton, Graeme Webb, Val Webb, Peter Harris, Daryl Brooks, Colin Lill, Andrew Cohen, Peter van Duyn (2 positions remain vacant)

For enquiries and further details, please contact: