Position 28 14 S 153 28 E
The wind dropped off last night and we were sailing at a modest four knots. Tough call as to whether we sail to the Endeavours anchorage at Coolangatta and anchor or stand off and wait until morning before joining her. I decided to wait and keep my options open for the moment. Nik during her watch was inspired (I think by a can of coke), she wanted to send the main topsail down and repair the tack (top outer corner) which was tearing. Fortunately this is not a too difficult task aboard the Duyfken as instead of unbending (taking the sail off the yard) and lowering the sail we send down the yard and sail together. Well it would be an easy job if there was light but Nik did the complete operation in the light of the moon and that to me shows a very competent level of seamanship. So why in the dark? Because we were to sail with the Endeavour and Nik wanted our little Dove to look her best for the occasion. So she spent over half the night repairing the sail, while we sailed the vessel to the anchorage. We dropped anchor at 0200 a cable (185m) from the Endeavour having motored the last five miles. If I thought that I would get some rest I was wrong as within and hour of turning in John called me to come out and look at the situation as the wind had increased and the Endeavour was swinging towards us. After looking at the relative positions of both vessels and the direction that our anchor cable was out I decided that we would be OK. The Endeavour was keeping a good watch as I was soon talking to their Master Chris Blake, we decided that the situation was fine and so turned in. I was called an hour later by the anchor watch as they thought we were dragging but it was just us swinging to the tide. I don't mind being called as it allows me to relax knowing that if there is a problem I will be called. All hands turned to at 0700 and some had been up even earlier. Both Greg and John had started early to reset the main topmast shrouds and re sieze the fore topsail brace blocks to the Main topmast stay. By 0800 we were all ready to go and so the fore and main yards were hoisted and all hands turned to hauling the anchor cable up (even myself). Once the anchor was up we set all sails other than the main topsail which once under way we began to send aloft and affix. It soon became apparent that we were drawing away from the Endeavour and so I decided to tack the vessel and sail back to her. The crew performed well for the tack around and tacking back at the Endeavour. In the light airs we began to overhaul our companion until both vessels were abeam and very close. It was good for the media who were busy filming the event from helicopters. Endeavour was obviously annoyed at our turn of speed and fired two canon shots at us, they certainly make you jump when you are close. Finally just after twelve we began to part and go our separate ways. This was accentuated by a wind shift to the north, which found both vessels on a very slow tack out to sea. A very good day though. I don't think Chris Blake will buy me a beer next time we meet after we sailed circles around him, but it did prove the point that the Duyfken was in the 1600's considered a sharp sailor. This made Nicko, who designed the present Duyfken a very happy man.
Glenn R. Williams