Some of the crew have found it a little difficult to believe we are now in the tropics, still cool enough to need a jacket at night, although the days are warming up nicely now. The trade winds have not been as strong as we would have liked, our passage north slower than planned and they even swung into the NE for a while over Wednesday night, causing us to brace sharp up and haul out the bowlines. We continued to pass many places named by Cook in 1770. The Keppel Isles, named after Vice Admiral August Keppel, Viscount Keppel; Cape Townshend - after 3rd Viscount Townshend, Chancellor of the Exchequer; Cape Hillsborough, Earl of Hillsborough president of the Board of Trade 1768, and many others. Flinders too, on his voyage through here in 1802, also had people of influence to acknowledge - Port Clinton, after "Sir William Henry Clinton of the 85th who commanded the land forces at Madeira", Mount Westall, in compliment to his landscape artist, and the scenic Percy Islands - a favourite anchorage for many yachts - "in honour of the noble house to which Northumberland gives the title of duke" In case we may think that all the landmarks through here were named after important persons, there are also many features that go some way to describe the conditions found there - Shoalwater Bay (now an important military training area), Flat Isles, and Cook's well named Thirsty Sound - "fresh water not one drop of which we could find" The last two days have been pleasant sailing, the developing tropical scenery of interest to many of the crew unfamiliar to the area. Plenty of sail handling continues as the breeze shifts, freshens and eases and Duyfken continued to make steady progress north along the coast. We rounded the Beverly group of islands this morning and stood W x N in towards the big coal port of Hay Point. Taking us a little off our track, we had a request from the Dutch dredging company Boskalis to meet up with one of their vessels. The "WD Fairway", reputed to be the biggest dredger in the world is currently working in the approach channel to Hay Point, deepening it for the enormous bulk carriers calling here for coal. As we stood in to the southern anchorage with all sails set, the fresh SE'ly breeze was giving us about 3 knots and we hoisted our best flags in preparation for the photos that were to be taken. Passing a number of bulkies riding at anchor waiting for a loading berth, the "WD Fairway" stood out to meet us, rounding up close under our stern and closing up on our lee side. he certainly was an impressive ship and the survey launch and photographers helicopter that had been arranged must have got some superb photos of the two vessels side by side in the evening light - the world's biggest dredger alongside the world's best sailing vessel. With the photos done, they bid us safe sailing and returned to their work - we squared away, handed spritsail, mizzen and fore topsail and stood north for Mackay. Just a few miles off the entrance we handed sail and stood in, the harbour well marked with leads and beacons to guide us in the darkness. Past a large tanker at the bulk liquids berth, a tight turn around to starboard and slowly we slid in alongside a pontoon berth at the marina. All fast to complete another successful passage - distance 266 miles, average speed 3.3 knots, under sail 79h15m, under power 2h13m. This is the same berth that we were at on the first voyage in 2000 and I hope we get as good a reception as we did then. The marina and environs have certainly developed considerably since them, many more buildings, many more berths and many more boats. I have to admit a certain fondness for Mackay as well, it is here that I joined my first square rigged sailing vessel, the brigantine "Eye of the Wind" back in December 1984. Many miles under the keel since then.