School groups and good public crowds kept our new crew, and an enthusiastic bunch of volunteer guides busy in Brisbane. Some of the permanent crew took the opportunity to take a few days off while we were here, but the volunteer crew kept things ticking along nicely. We had busy round of functions - last Wednesday night had the crew attending the launch of a new indigenous art book - Gatherings II - the launch hosted by the premier Peter Beatty who welcomed Duyfken back to Queensland. On Thursday night a few of us attended a very interesting talk at the Customs House, put on by the Qld State Archives as part of the events for this 400th anniversary year. Professor Eric Ketelaar, professor of archivistics in Amsterdam gave a lecture about the records and archives of the early Dutch voyages to Australia and the significance of those records to today’s society. Attending the lecture and dinner afterwards was Henry Palaszczuk, Minister for Natural resources, Mines and Water - we spoke at length about our voyage and he showed a very great interest in what we are doing. It is good to have Government support at all levels, the State Government showing real interest, city council supporting our stray here and of course it all made possible by the Federal Government - the Dept of Environment and Heritage being the major sponsor and supporting out whole operation. Friday night saw some old sponsors aboard - friends from Chevron - PNG Gas project - aboard for a social evening. Despite the wet weather it was a great night with lots of laughs and reminisces of our past voyages. As always, the ship requires attention - necessary maintenance work is always needed. We needed a range of engineering, plumbing and electrical supplies to make good some defects and the generosity of some local Qld firms was very much appreciated. I must mention the following businesses that have provided great assistance during our stay here: Australian Boating Supplies Ocean Power Marine Marine Systems Australia CM&T Quality Products Gulf Western Oils Flexible Hose Supplies I can only recommend that if you are in the area and need equipment, use these firms - thanks to them all for their help. The weekend saw some big crowds come aboard. despite the difficulty in using the gangway to the poop deck during low tide, we had about 1300 people aboard the ship on Saturday and Sunday. I am not sure that the many cyclists who were obstructed by our gangway were quite as enthusiastic, but they were good natured about the disruption for the most part. Just under 5000 people for our stay in Brisbane - our popularity continues. An early start on Monday morning for a shift back down the river to Redcliffe. 12 passengers aboard for the trip, but unfortunately the calm conditions gave them little sailing. However it was pleasant motor down the river, passing the numerous commercial berths. We saw the restored 1925 steam tug Forceful, operated by the Queensland Maritime Museum, up on the slip near Cairncross dock - we had many of the museum volunteers aboard as guides over the past week. Once clear of the river, a light northerly breeze gave us some sailing, under all sail except the mainsail and the guests were at least able to see the ship tack a number of time as we stood on and off in Brisbane Roads. Back into Redcliffe by 1230, coming in on high water again, and as before a large crowd waiting for us. The remainder of the day was busy with visitors and Tuesday also, with a great many school groups coming down. I mentioned the interest shown in the ship by Government, this continued here with the Hon Teresa Gambaro, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs visiting the ship, accompanied by Alan Boulton, former mayor of Redcliffe. They were impressed with the ship and pleased to see the amount of school children visiting the ship. This morning, with all new crew now aboard, we took the opportunity to conduct our safety and survival drills while waiting for enough tide to depart. Lifejackets, survival suits, liferafts, rescue boat, fire equipment etc were all explained and drilled. The ship was made ready for sea and we departed the berth just after 1230. We have not taken any fuel since we were in Port Fairy, and indeed still have about half our capacity still in the tanks, which I think is a pretty good effort, but we took the opportunity nevertheless to top up. We motored around to the Scarborough marina and took fuel over the high water - just enough depth to get in - before heading out again and finally making our departure. In sight of the bright red cliffs that give this area its name, we got under courses and topsails and stood SE, heading for the channels out through the Moreton Bay sandbanks. Duyfken is now bound to the north for Bundaberg.