Noon Position 35 52S 152 14E
Lighter conditions over the past 24 hours and at last the chill seems to be going out of the air. It is hard to believe it is December; jumpers, thermals and beanies have been in good use since leaving Hobart. We are well offshore still, our noon position put us some 100 miles east of Batemans Bay, but we are reaching the point where we will be able to head NW in for Sydney. There is an arrival ceremony planned for us in Sydney for Monday morning and we are struggling to make it. By making a morning arrival, it has cut into an already tight timetable and the strong northerly breezes forecast overnight and tomorrow have the potential to hold us up again. As I write this the breeze is already backing a little into the NE and tending to freshen. Trying to gain some time and searoom I decide to motor sail to keep the speed up. Under the 2 courses and main topsail, all braced sharp up and sheeted well in, the engines are started and at slow revs our speed comes up from 3 knots to 5. A 16th century ship trying to meet a 21st century timetable, it will be touch and go whether we make it.