The strong SE’ly winds continue and we are still pinned behind Cape Grafton waiting for them to ease. No end in sight though as a big high pressure system keeps the ridge along the Queensland coast firmly in place, funneling these strong winds in at us. Unlike other “replicas” that use their powerful engines much of the time, Duyfken cannot motor against these conditions – we don’t have the engine power, the fuel capacity or the strength in the rig. Just as was done 400 years ago, we must wait for favorable conditions. A sharp chop had developed and was coming around Cape Grafton, causing us to roll moderately at times last night, so straight after breakfast this morning we weighed anchor and moved further in towards Cairns, anchoring under False Cape and hoping for a bit more shelter. Indeed, the motion is a little easier in here, but now the rain has come, heavy showers sweeping over the hill and driving straight into the main cabin. We rig a tarpaulin over the entrance to keep the worst of it out, the cabin resembles a cave now, with 16 troglodytes creeping around in the semi darkness. The work goes on, cleaning and maintaining the ship, this afternoon Toby gives a sail lecture to the new hands, preparing them for when we do get under way. We wait.