Position 26 32 S 153 32 E
Yesterday evening was quiet with very light airs, all we could do to maintain steerage was to run with the gentle westerly breeze. The sunset was just great and as we were admiring the wonderful sight the breeze picked up from the south west and we began to head north again along South Stradbroke Island. The air was warm during my watch and we were made even warmer when we pumped the bilges dry, the hand pumps are hollow elm tree logs which have a plunger inside and use a leather gasket to effect a seal. This morning found us up to the northern end of Moreton Island still holding the southerly breeze and making a very pleasant five knots. As the sun became warmer more of the crew came out on deck and began taking on maintenance jobs, it was a very comfortable atmosphere aboard and I felt that everyone wanted to be here and be a part of the day. And even though we accomplished a lot, it felt as though we were on holiday. Today, I made up the order for the hemp rope that we will require in Jakarta. This is to replace the remainder of the standing and running rigging that we were unable to do in Sydney. We will make up the rigging as we sail to Galle and once there we will set it all up for the run south around the Cape of Good Hope. Momentous highlight for the trip so far, the first canvas bucket has gone, unfortunately Davina did not have the loop at the end of the buckets lanyard around her wrist and then when the lanyard came out of her hand the bucket was gone. Ship rule those who lose a bucket must replace it within 24 hours, so Davina has been busy and doing a good job too. Quotes of the day, Alan "we need a magnetic pencil holder" as he drops once again the chart room pencil onto the deck which then due to the slope, rolls into the darkest of corners. Nik (who prefers to have her name spelt Nic) on lookout reported "a vessel on the starboard port beam". Some people may remember 'Smurfs' from the TV series, well Heidy whistled the tune early this morning and then Greg took it up and now it is stuck in his, as well as others, heads. I found out how contagious the tune is when Greg yelled out 'who started it!' Lucky we do not take everything too serious around here.
Glenn R. Williams