I left off the last journal entry, a week ago, with the vessel waiting in Batemans Bay for the southerly change to carry us north once more. Last Monday, keeping a close eye on the weather reports from further south and watching the approaching frontal clouds, we were able to weigh in good time as the northerly breeze died away and cleared the bay about 1500 as the first puffs came in from the south. A couple of sharp squalls and sudden wind shifts to keep the crew lively and then the breezed settled down and freshened out of the south. Under fore ands mainsail, Duyfken seemed to sense that this was the final push and stood away NNE along the coast, a bone in her teeth and wake boiling away astern. By midnight, we had a gale out of the south and rolling heavily, all hands were called to shorten sail, the mainsail coming in with a struggle to leave us scudding away under the foresail only once more. I have rarely seen such a succession of gales as on this passage, but at least it was now in a favourable direction. With foresail straining against sheet and braced, we roared away north through the night, keeping close inshore out of the current. Passing now familiar landmarks, we were off Jervis Bay at 0300 and Wollongong during the forenoon. A slight easing of the breeze and we had the mainsail back on her, the speed leapt up once more until we were off Botany Bay by evening. The official arrival (attempt 2) was planned for Wednesday but I decided to sneak in early and wait at anchor. By 2130 we had reached the entrance to Port Jackson and stood in, handing sail as we came down the East Channel. Rounding up in Watsons Bay, the port anchor goes down and suddenly all is quiet. After sailing over 8600 miles from Fremantle, some 25 ports and over 82000 visitors, Duyfken was at rest. The voyage is done. Leaving the crew to square away and get a few hours sleep, I go and have a quiet moment in my cabin. I find it an emotional moment, we have made a remarkable voyage and I feel very privileged to have served as Master of this fine little ship and of the dedicated crew that have made the voyage happen. From Hobart we have covered 951 miles at an average speed of 4.0kn. A short sleep and we are all up before first light to weigh anchor – now we have the formalities to attend to and to let the rest of Australia share in the final moments of out voyage. Sneaking back out the East Channel we stood to sea for a couple of miles and hove to, awaiting our scheduled arrival time. About 0715, we got under courses and main topsail and stood in, dressing the ship in flags to mark the occasion. As stood in through the heads, we were met by a flotilla (?) of media helicopters and there were a battery of cameras up on South Head to record this historic day. A SW’ly breeze meant that we had to use the engines to get down the East channel again, but off Bradleys Head we set the foresail and main topsail to fetch down to the welcoming crowd at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. At 0920, sails were handed and we were all secure at the clubs pontoon to cheers and a round of applause. I lead 3 cheers for the ship and that was the end of the passage making for the 1606-2006 Duyfken voyage, with only a final day sail as the last event. At the welcoming function, as is our tradition, I presented a message stick to “Uncle” Alex, local indigenous elder and asked for permission to visit their traditional lands. As has happened right through the voyage, we were given a warm welcome. A number of speeches followed, by representatives of the 3 partners in this voyage, the Federal Government, (specifically the Dept of Environment and Heritage), Australia on the Map 1606-2006, and The Duyfken 1606-2006. Representing our Foundation, it gave me a great deal of pleasure to acknowledge and thank the DEH and AOTM for enabling this voyage to go ahead. Way back at the start of the voyage, I mentioned the 3 messages that we were taking to the people of Australia and I think our voyage has successfully done that. 1 – 2006 is the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Duyfken to the western part of Cape York – the first known European ship to touch at our shores and of course the first contact between Indigenous Australians and Europeans. 2 – This voyage is a commemoration of the charting of the whole Australian coast by seafarers of many nationalities, beginning with Duyfken in 1606 – putting “Australia on the Map”. 3- The voyage will be used to share the story of, and promoting Australia’s rich coastal and maritime heritage – telling stories of our Maritime past – many of which are barely known or have been forgotten. Numerous media interviews after our arrival kept those messages going and shifting around to Cockle Bay in Darling Harbour early on Thursday morning, Duyfken is now on exhibition to the people of Sydney. With good crowds interrupting their Christmas shopping to have a look at the ship, we will remain there until Christmas with the voyage finale on Boxing Day.