Noon Position 37 45S 151 56E
The S'ly change on Wednesday gave us a good shove along north for a few hours before easing right off, leaving Duyfken to roll about heavily in the residual swell, sails slatting about and tremendous shock loads coming on the shrouds and backstays. It is easy to see how ships have lost their whole rigs rolling in the calms after storms. However by yesterday afternoon the wind was back, a strong breeze out of the west, and sailing free on a port tack, Duyfken roared off to the north, making 7 knots through into the evening, under courses and main topsail at half hoist. Great sailing. Already well out to the east, I let her go a little free, steering a touch east of north - we have fresh NE'ly breezes forecast for the weekend so I am gaining sea room in order to come back in on a starboard tack and hopefully lay Sydney and not get jammed in on the coast further south. A bit of a gamble, we will sail a further distance but hopefully be able to make our destination. The breeze shifts into the SE soon after noon today, we are still going well but time is tight for our planned arrival on Monday morning. With a welter of foam under the lee bow, we carry a press of sail and Duyfken lays her shoulder down and heads for Sydney.