Position at noon 32 42 S 152 29 E
It was wet sailing last night with wind and lightning but the Duyfken sailed well, with the wind predominatly from the SSE we made good speed in the right direction. With plenty of changes in wind direction and strength making lots of sail changes necessary, this was made more difficult than it should have been by us having spent so much time ashore. The morning was a lovely sight of dark grey skies and more rain. At least with the rain the planking is taking up again and the filling of the bilges has begun to lessen. As is typical for sailing just as we were sitting down for breakfast the wind freshened quickly and we were forced to lower the main and fore topsails to the lower caps this reduces windage and yet they still fill and work it is a kind of reef. It became obvious that even with this early version of Jiffy reefing we still needed to reduce more sail and so I ordered the main topsail to be furled both Nik and Heidy jumped aloft and had the devils own job getting in the sail to the yard as it was blowing out horizontal and very stiff. They did it and did it well and as they returned to the deck the vessel began to run well. All morning it was a steady bracing of the yards from one side to the other, good practice but awkward with the ropes having become stiff and swollen from the rain. When the rain did ease up the mood aboard became lighter and as the hatches were opened we began to see strange sights emerging from below, Greg decided that the best way to dry his shorts was to wear them outside of his wet weather gear! This did not last long as he came to realise that this was a little to tight for comfort. The smokers are having a hard time giving up with the sucking of pens, chewing gum, chocolate and general mutterings making it very humorous for the rest of us. I guess the worst will be seeing them dragging on a smoke the moment they jump ashore. Julie is making a good effort in the galley, in my mind it is by far the most difficult job on board but she is doing well and the food has been very good. She did note that it is a lot calmer below and that up on deck she can barely keep her feet. If we can keep the wind and a good speed we hope to meet the Bark Endeavour off Coffs Harbour tomorrow, should be a momentous occasion as both vessels were built in Fremantle by the same shipwright Bill Leonard. While we are off to Europe the Endeavour has been there and back. Not a bad effort.
Glenn R. Williams