Duyfken has made it. Completing the beat down the coast, fighting against headwinds on all but one day of the passage, we arrived into Coffs Harbour at first light this morning. It has been a tough run, and you can sense the relief in the ship, now lying here quietly at the wharf, in contrast to the continual slog over the past weeks. The last entry saw us standing to sea on Tuesday evening on a starboard tack. We gained some ground to windward against the strong S’ly breeze, making just a little south of east. Standing out past the 100 fathom line again, well offshore, we wore ship at 0400 and stood WSW on the port tack. Finding the S going current meant we made some good ground on this tack, and with the wind easing just a little, I had the main topsail set at half hoist at daylight. She felt the extra canvas immediately, although in truth there was still a little too much wind to safely carry the sail With the old topsail aloft, I trusted that it would go before anything else did and carried on, the ship driving to windward now. Everything did hold and we set the spritsail soon after to help the balance. Making SW now, we raised the Solitary Islands mid forenoon and set the fore topsail as well. We couldn’t manage to weather the islands and tacked 6 miles to the N of the islands at noon. Now the breeze becomes fluky, some strong squalls followed by light airs, challenging sailing as we continued to work her to windward. Mizzen set now as well, Duyfken under full sail once more. 12 miles seaward of North Solitary, we wear ship again at 1730 and make another board to the SW. Gaining ground all the time now, that current is a Master’s best friend when south bound. We weathered the islands this time and stood inshore all through the first watch. I get called at midnight last night with the wind now falling away light. With only a dozen miles to go, Duyfken has done enough. We hand sail and on a now calm night, we gently motor down the coast a low revs. A pod of humpback whales puffing and blowing in the early morning light greet us as we stand in for Mutton Bird Island and at 0600 we are entering the outer harbour. A tight turn into the boat harbour, lines ashore to our nomad, Wallace, waiting on the wharf and Duyfken is finally at rest, passage completed at 0620. Passage summary; Distance sailed 1626 nautical miles (to make good 930 miles). Average speed 3.8 knots. Under sail 276h 46m, under power, a disappointing 149h 21m. We spent 194h 10m at anchor or alongside sheltering from adverse winds or taking on stores and fuel. As an indication of the amount of sail handling that took place, we tacked or wore a total of 43 times as we worked the ship to windward. Little rest for the crew now though, as usual we have to get the ship squared away and ready for opening up to the public tomorrow. Toby Greenlees now takes over from me, bringing a wealth of square rig sailing experience to the ship. I wish him favourable winds as the 1606-2006 Duyfken voyage continues down the NSW coast.