Noon position: 33 30S 151 29E
I was keeping a close watch on the weather reports from stations along the NSW coast, waiting for the wind to go into the NW as forecast, enabling to get underway again and get a slant up the coast. The vessel lay quietly overnight in the calm anchorage, in the midst of a national park there was little to disturb the peace. Low clouds scudding overhead showed there was still plenty of wind out of the north, at midnight, the weather reports confirmed this, fresh northerlies all along the coast. It certainly looked at that stage that we w ould be here for another day. Alan gave me a call at first light with the report that it looked like the wind had backed into the NW. It certainly looked that way from the cloud movement and a quick check of the station reports confirmed it, NW along the coast. Time to go. Calling all hands, we quickly weighed, the anchor breaking free of the mud with just a little persuasion from the windlass bars. Under power we cleared Cowan Creek and approaching Lion Island, we found the fair breeze and got under sail. Courses and topsails were set, engines off and we pushed out slowly against the flood tide. Breakfast was a special treat - Bree has a day off on Sunday and Hugh stepped in today as cook. Pancakes with fruit, cream and golden syrup soon shut the crew up. Once past Lion Island we set spritsail and mizzen and stood out under full sail. Clearing Cape Three Points, (another landmark named by Cook in 1770 -"some pretty high land which projected out in 3 bluff points") we came up to to the wind and steered to the NE. The breeze through the morning freshened to about force 7, considerably more than was forecast, but it is giving us a good shove along the coast. First the topsails were lowered to half hoist, then later the fore topsail and the mizzen came in. Still somewhat under the lee of the land, we are making good time, the forecast is for the breeze to back further into the SW and then S, so hopefully we can continue to make up for lost time.