The ship had a very warm welcome from the community in Coffs Harbour with 6000 people looking over the ship. Bringing the total number of visitors since the ship left Fremantle to over 60,000. On Saturday the wharf was crowded with people as the city of Coffs Harbour official welcome of the vessel began. Starting off with two New Zealand buskers the welcoming had performances from an Aboriginal Elders Choir, and Indonesian dancing from Mackville High School. Barbara Weaver sang the national anthem and speeches were made by the Mayor and Luke Hartsuyker the local member for federal parliament. I gave a short speech to welcome all and pass on the message stick to elder Uncle Tony Flanders, who was there to accept it on behalf of the local indigenous communities. Later that night there was a dinner at the Windmill Restaurant put on by Zonta international. It was a very pleasant evening in ostensibly Dutch surroundings. Akky van Ogtrop from Australia On The Map made a speech about the early exploration of Australia’s coastline. I then spoke about the realities of sailing a sixteenth century sailing ship and how schedules can change so quickly with the weather; explaining why we were running four days late and then miraculously arrived a day early in Coffs Harbour. Sunday was another busy day with lots of visitors looking over the ship. That night a BBQ was held on the wharf as it was the last night for most of the volunteers who had sailed with us from Cairns. Tuesday night we had a fundraising function for the Smiths’ Family Learning For Life Program. Finally, on Wednesday night the crew started to pack the ship down from museum mode and ready the ship for sea. There was also a function put on at The Bunker space by the council. There was an art competition for a piece of artwork inspired by the Duyfken. An enjoyable evening was had by all, ending a busy and friendly stay in Coffs Harbour.