The southerly held well for us and under lowers we headed across Bass Strait at a good speed. As we approached our Deal island the wind shifted into the east. This was significantly earlier then expected, and a rather frustrating turn of events for just south of Deal island we were due to alter course in a north easterly course direction to head out around Gabo island. So we were forced to sail the best northerly course we could, which ran us up west of the oil fields. The wind finally died out on the Friday night. We used the windless period to navigate under power through the area of oilrigs. So when the wind filled in again we had at least gained a fair amount of easting. Another southerly change was due, and I was keen to put the ship in a position where we could ride that southerly round the corner and a fair way up the NSW coast. It took another day of gentle sailing in light easterlies before the change came. During this time we did a run north followed by a run south in which we gained all of ten miles to windward in 24 hours. However, when the wind finally came we were in a grand position to jump on the back of it and ride the wind past Gabo island, past Green Cape, and up the coast. There was slightly more wind than was perhaps forecast, and as night fell on the Sunday I was rather concerned by a rolling bank of cloud that was coming up from the south. We were already running under lowers alone in 30 knots of wind. But with darkness ahead of us I used what daylight I could to get the crew to bring in the mainsail, so that we were running under foresail alone. That night the wind gusted up to a good 40 knots at times, but was never quiet as strong as that ominous cloud might have indicated. Yet even running under foresail alone we were doing a steady six knots up the coast. Probably slightly more for the wind was taking us more to the east than I wanted and once past Gabo Island we were starting to run into the southerly current that runs down the east coast of Australia. The next day we continued to roar up the coast with the southerly behind us, the NSW coast passing us by. I was keen to get to Jervis Bay for on our previous visit the commander of the naval base HMAS Creswell had given us permission to come alongside. By Tuesday morning we were able to run into Jervis bay, drop the two lower sails, and were alongside HMAS Creswell just after lunch. The Navy base was very good to us, allowing the ship to sit alongside HMAS Creswell while we spent two days working on the ship. During this time the ship was also open for inspection by Navy cadets. Many of them amazed at the ship and that we took her to sea. Much thanks must be given to Commander Mark Saunders for allowing our stay, and to Paul Slater for looking after us while we were there.