I am sure there will be someone that says I have got the above heading incorrect, but in fact that is the name that Cook gave to what we now call Magnetic Island, off Townsville. He wrote in his journal in 1770 “the compass did not traverse well when near it” You can see from the above that we have indeed made some progress. Since the last journal entry we plugged away against headwinds that had mercifully eased, sometimes under sail, sometimes under power. The headwinds now are back with a vengeance though, the ridge has re-intensified along the coast and we are hiding in Horseshoe Bay, on the north side of Magnetic Island. Having finally got away from Cape Grafton and Fitzroy Island, both named after Augustus Henry Fitzroy, 3rd Duke of Grafton and Prime Minister while Cook was making his voyage, we passed a number of other prominent landmarks; Frankland Islands, named after Admiral Sir Thomas Frankland, Dunk island – “a tolerable high island”, George Montagu Dunk, First Lord of the Admiralty Rockingham Bay – “a fine large bay” – Charles Watson Wentworth, Marquis of Rockingham, PM 1765-66. A plethora of reefs lay to seaward of us, deadly traps for those early mariners that were unaware of them or unsure of their position. About 2000 last night we passed close by Kennedy Shoal, where on the 19th Aug 1894, the 70m British schooner “Lady Bowen” was wrecked after leaving Cardwell on her way to Sydney. The crew made it back to Cardwell in the boats. The fact that the reef is quite a way to the east of Cardwell suggests to me that the schooner was also beating south and had made a long board out on a starboard tack, in this case a bit too long a board. We had a pleasant afternoons sail yesterday, crossing the main topsail yard again to keep her moving in the easing breeze. We must have looked a picture as we went about close off the lush greenness of Dunk Island and stood out again. Despite our modest progress, we have already used a good proportion, nearly 50%, of our fuel. It just shows again that we have to sail Duyfken, she just cannot motor for long passages. Our fuel capacity is too low, the rig won’t take to strain of motoring against strong headwinds and it is physically tiring for all aboard. Few people get much sleep when the engines are on. So still we wait for a break in the weather, a favourable slant to get us south.