Day's run. 00 nm. It is a beautiful day here and we are keen to make the most of it. In Horta the weather was a real mix of rain and wind with some sunshine but here we are in perfect painting weather. Everyone is keen to get the vessel lookin g as good as possible and have cornered jobs for themselves. Greg has chose n to paint the scuppers, which are looking a little worn. Christine is scra ping and painting all the steel work on the outside of the hull such things as chain plates, stud bolts cannon port hinges etc. Alice is painting the beak, which is looking a little sad at present. Bob and Walter have a varie ty of tasks, wherever strong backs are required, and when they have spare t ime then oiling the topsides again, I think they are also taking on the bow sprit, which is the only spar that has not been scraped and oiled. Heidy, C ian, and Ed have got the job of cleaning and painting the gun carriages. Ni c is finishing off the new hatch cover for over the main cabin. Stijn is wo rking in the rig to finish the many little jobs still outstanding. Brett is once again onto the tarring of the last of the rig, mostly the topmast bac kstays which he was not able to do in Horta. Shannon is onto the final tott ing of the accounts so that we can present a clean and precise record of wh ere we have spent all of the money. Alan has been finishing a few of the el ectrical jobs that are outstanding on his list; he has it all under control for the moment. Mike has been getting the museum mode panelling sorted so that everything w ill just flow together when the time comes to convert from sea mode to muse um mode. Julie is as always in the galley sorting the last of the meal requ irements. All of the jobs are full on and require dedication to the monotony, it is m ostly quiet here so we are able to spread out a bit and get into the work. Toughest jobs were sanding and hauling the cannons out of the tiller flat. It all went quickly as it is surprising what brute force can achieve when m otivated. Not enough can be said about the work the crew have put into the vessel it has been outstanding of late and the results are showing. I am not sure exa ctly what is motivating them to work so hard but I suspect it is wanting to show their vessel with pride to the reception in Texel. What ever it is th e work is coming together and it will look good. Perhaps it is also time to thank those who work behind the scenes on shore in our homeport of Fremantle. Graeme Cocks who is our Project Director has been instrumental in the project from day one having outlined and sold the voyage to the Foundations board of Directors and the Dutch VOC committee. T hen once the decision was made he has kept the project on line some how so that we are now finally in Europe. Of course there is no way that he could have done this alone and nor did he as he has assistance from Tracey McCull ough our Ports Coordinator who has put time into researching and coordinati ng our stays in each port of call along the voyage. I think that she has be en very fortunate in finding the one or two people in each port that have b een key figures in our stay. Our last behind the scenes person is Peggy Rog ers who is the Logistics Coordinator and on her shoulders falls all of the jobs that no one else wants such as accounts, tracing and sending parts and equipment, mail, pay etc. Finally I must mention our Board of Directors for in the end it was their f aith that allowed this vessel, whom they are stewards for, to take part in this voyage. A voyage, which has had its fair share of risk and should it h ave failed it would have been the board who would have had to explain to th e people of Western Australia what had happened and why. We are still receiving lots of congratulations from people all over the wor ld, people who we have never heard of but have been following our voyage wi th a dedication that is surprising to us. It still amazes me how many peopl e read this log and follow our adventure, it will probably be just as big a shock when this all ends to you as it will be to us. Any way thanks for th e support there are times on this voyage when a timely message from an indi vidual has made a big difference and reminded us just what it is all about. Weather is still looking good for next weekend so it may all come together perfectly in the end, I hope so as we have put a lot into this and a nice finish would be the perfect ending.