Well, it has been a good week we have had here in Eden. After a warm reception on the wharf, we had a couple of days of strong southerlies. The temperature dropped considerably, the whole eastern seaboard of Australia had record low temperatures. And of course it rained. This sort of weather had a rather detrimental effect on our visitor numbers, but since being here we still had a total of 2456 visitors over the ship. Which is a good number considering the weather. This brings our visitor numbers to a grand total of 79,041 since the ship left Fremantle. Now we have a last minute scrabble to get the ship ready for sea. The wind is fair and I am keen to get the passage underway. So far the weather forecast for the next couple of days is good, but it looks like a good southerly change will come through on Wednesday. So I am very keen to use the fair winds as much as I can. Last time I left Eden heading for Tasmania was six years ago. I was bosun onboard the Endeavour replica and we headed out of Two fold bay with fair Northerly winds. But by the time we reached South of Gabo Island the wind had swung to the south and the rest of the passage was under power, trying to get to Beauty Point on time. I hope we have a fairer passage this time. This will be a special trip for me returning to Tasmania, the place where I grew up. Also to an island that associates strongly with the early Dutch explorers, being named after Abel Tasman. The coastline we are due to sail down is littered with Dutch names from Tasman’s voyage; Schouten Island, Maria Island etc. Our newly joined Dutch Masters Mate, Cees, will no doubt cringe at the Australia pronunciation of these names. But language is an evolving thing and no doubt the Dutch pronunciation has change much over 400 years also. Well, as always at the start of a voyage I am hesitant as to what is ahead of us, but also eager to get underway. With the new crew of Volunteers still learning the ropes and packing down the museum there is much activity. Hopefully, it will be a good first trip for them all.