We continued our sail up the coast of NSW with gentle southerly winds taking us north, though with the winds as light as they were I was getting concerned about the progress we were making. It was all very gentle and pleasant, and if not for the fact that northerly winds were due, I would not have been so concerned. Finally, the wind died completely and at six o’clock on Sunday morning we handed all sail and started the engines to get further north. A difficult balance. I was quite happy about the light northerly winds, because it would help settle the swell, but it was having a serious effect on our ability to head north under sail. And I hate motoring. By Monday morning we were sailing again. This time it was in a westerly wind just south of Ballina. However, I knew the wind was going to swing into the NE making a day of much sail handling to try and maintain station off Ballina to catch the tide the next morning. The swell was dropping and I was very happy, because it was going to make the crossing of the bar into Ballina pretty easy. It was a busy day of tacking the ship, with the crew doing a great job, getting more efficient at doing it every time. Over twelve hours we gain a little ground to windward, but on each tack it didn’t take long before we were into the current taking us south at about three knots, making our ability to beat to windward very hard. The night was spent dodging fishing vessels, for there were many working along the coast between Yamba and Ballina. At midnight all hands were called and we dropped all sail and stowed it, allowing us to position ourselves well for crossing the bar in the morning. At seven o’clock the Ballina Volunteer Coast Guard vessel came out to escort us across the bar. This local knowledge was a great help for guiding us. The bar itself could hardly have been easier for us to cross with not a defined wave in the entrance. Slowly we followed the Coast Guard vessel up the river and just after eight o’clock we were alongside the Fawcett Park Wharf to a waiting crowd of spectators who were very enthusiastic about the vessel’s visit. Once the lines were fast I jumped ashore and was greeted by the mayor of Ballina, Phillip Silver, who welcomed us to our stay. The crew got busily into converting Duyfken back into museum mode, preparing for the crowds to inspect.