Midday Position: Lat 33 23.7S Long: 115 25.7E
Thank you to all the dignitaries, VIP’s, Duyfken family, small boats and people of Fremantle who came to see us off. All on board enjoyed being in
the spotlight. As an added attraction we also managed to fire our cannon after leaving the Inner Harbour with a spectacular flash and bang.
After firing the cannon we set sail and headed out towards South Passage. Very light winds to start with but it picked up during the morning and we were
up to 6 knots before we had to douse sail and head through South Passage under motor.
Once out in the open sea we began to experience strong South Westerly winds and a very heavy swell – the result of the previous days cold front. The swell
was 4-5 metres and occasionally more. The ship was dipping its beak in at times but generally behaving like a cork and handling it all very well. Due
to the wind direction we had no option but to keep going under motor. The near full moon rose in the early evening and shone through the clouds
making a spectacular light show over the sea, the crew below missing out.
The wind strength moderated during the night and we were eventually able to make good speed South and by 6.00am on Friday morning Bunbury was in sight.
As we were not due to berth until 11.00am Saturday morning the decision was made to head further South into Geographe Bay and shelter and drift there
until returning to Bunbury. Dolphins and whales have regularly been spotted close by the ship this morning as we drift, giving us some added entertainment.
Early on Saturday morning we will head back to Bunbury.