It was a hard slog getting down to Ulladulla from Jervis Bay. Duyfken is designed to sail, which she does very well, but is not designed to motor which she doesn’t do well at all. As they say “gentlemen don’t go to windward”, and I’d wished I could have complied with such theory. But alas a large crowd of people were awaiting our arrival in Ulladulla and we couldn’t disappoint them, so off to windward we tried to go. As we got close to the bay the Ulladula Coastal Patrol came out to escort us in. Their three ships bobbing along beside us, one an old RNL shipped over from the UK. It had been a hard slog down, with us only achieving 3 knots at times as we headed into a strong head sea. But we still managed to enter the bay at around 1700. And held station for a while as the crew prepared the yards and mooring lines, now that the vessel was out of the swell. The flags were all sent up and already we could see crowds gathered on the headlands peering through the greyness of the day to see this unique replica arriving into the shelter of the harbour. There must have been the best part of a thousand people on the wharf awaiting our arrival, with the formal part of the proceedings about to get underway. The weather managed to clear enough for there to be a big enough break in the rain for it all to happen on the wharf. As soon as the lines were ashore I jumped onto the wharf and was introduced to the dignitaries ashore. The Dutch Ambassador to Australia, H.E. Mr Niek van Zupten and his family had come over from Canberra. MP for Gilmore Joanna Gash and local member for the south coast Shelley Hancock were also present, along with the mayor Greg Watson and councillor John Wilmont of the Shoalhaven city council. We were all seated and the Dutch and Australian National anthems were sung by the Miltones. I think the Dutch Ambassador was a little surprised to hear his national anthem sung in English. The proceedings continued and several speeches were made welcoming the Duyfken to Ulladulla, and I presented Teegan Riley and Kimberley Salafia, two youthful members of the local indigenous community, a message stick from the Nyungar people of Western Australia. And I was gifted with two Boomerangs, one for the ship and the other to present back to the Nyungar people. It was wonderful to see such a large turn out for the ships arrival, which had been organized by Cathy Dunn. While I was busy in the limelight of official duties the crew did a wonderful job under the watchful eye of constable Vic, and got the ship packed away and ready for exhibition. The weather struggled to improve over the next couple of days, however, Duyfken still managed to generate quite a bit of interest. On one day we managed to get 329 school children over the ship in one morning. A difficult organization slog for the crew which they did very well. During our stay here we had just under three thousand people look over the ship. Now as the crew gets the ship ready to depart for Eden, I am looking worriedly at the weather maps, the glass and wind direction, hoping for the wind to swing round into the east, so we can start to head south. There is a southerly change due on Saturday, so I am hoping to get in before it and anchor in Twofold bay. Still planning to come alongside for the official welcoming at 1130 on Saturday. However, as with all maritime endeavours, that could all go sideways for we sail to the whim of the weather. So we will just have to see how the weather gods treat us…. hopefully the crew have been good.