The sail from Port Macquarie to Newcastle was far easier then could have been expected. Starting off as a romp of a sail that was similar to the first few hours out from Coffs, with strong northerly winds we rolled along at a good 8 knots. So by the morning after our departure I had to think up contingency plans to slow us down, with anchoring in Port Stephens being a solid option. However, as the day progressed the wind petered away to almost nothing and we drifted off port Stephens without a chance to get in. Still it was a pleasant day and enabled the crew to get on with some maintenance. During the night the wind was very light and variable, and we achieved very little progress. The next morning the weather being the same, I wondered if we were going to be able to complete the passage under sail. A flotilla had been organized to meet us at the entrance to Newcastle Harbour and it would be a shame to miss them. So at eleven o’clock, with the wind still light, we started the engines and motored for an hour so as to meet our greeting party on time. There were several yachts, the police launch and a veil of water was sprayed in front of us by the port’s fire tug. We set both topsails, dropped the engines out of gear and slowly sailed into the harbour, a spectacle for those ashore. We were then saluted by several blasts from the only guns on Australian soil to see active service during the Second World War. Quiet a crowd had gathered at Queen’s Wharf and once we had passed the wharf we clued up the topsails and brought her alongside. Although it had been a shame to have motored for that last hour, to get to the entrance on time, the company of a flotilla had made it all the worthwhile. The passage had still been a good one, for in the forty two hours from Port Macquarie only two hours had been under power. Once alongside the ship was set up in museum mode, under the constable’s careful eyes and the crew got ready for the civic function. It was an enjoyable night with a warm welcome form the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, amid nibbles and drinks at the Brewery on Queens Wharf. I was then presented with a bouquet of tulips by Eline Bisterbosch attired in traditional Dutch costume. The flowers a greeting on behalf of the local Dutch community. I then presented a message stick to Ray Kelly on behalf of the local indigenous community. This was followed by Klaas Woldring, from Australia on the map, giving a speech about the significance of Duyfken’s Voyage. Finally, I was introduced to the original William Janszoon (played by actor Barry Shepherd) for a bit of light entertainment. A pleasant evening was had by all. That evening the Young Endeavour sailed into Newcastle, getting ready to go up on the slip for some annual maintenance. This meant that Mick Newman, who sailed aboard Duyfken when she left Fremantle, was able to catch up with several of the crew.