Position 28 54 S 153 39 E
We made good speed along the coast last night as the southerly increased to force 6. Still plenty of rain but with the Little Dove turning on a good speed, we were happy. Earlier in the day we had taken in the mainsail. This involves lowering the yard to the deck and then furling it. Unfortunately the main halyard was replaced in Sydney and we tarred it well, so well that even now the tar mix is oozing out and with the rain this makes the line very slippery and messy. We hoisted the yard at 2000 hours with two watches to about two metres above the deck. The slippery line defeated us from getting it up further. It was very heartening to see that those amongst us who were seasick are rapidly becoming well and are starting to be more active in the day to day ships business. With the coming of daylight we were delighted to see clear blue skies. The Queenslanders insisted that this was because we were getting closer to the sunshine state. The rest of the crew would have none of this but all were thankful for being dry. While the crew were all gathered for breakfast I ordered the main yard to be hoisted hoping that with all of the crew we could over come the slippery halyard. We raised the yard to within one and a half metres before the tar caused us to rest. After a break we cleaned the ship inside and out. We finally topped the main yard. Jobs for the day were drying clothes, flags and the inside of the ship. We also discovered that there has been more chafing than we originally thought and so we started to replace all of the chafe gear aloft. The weather being so nice every one turned to and a lot was achieved. When we were in need of a break we had entertainment provided by the local dolphins that were swimming along our bow wave and jumping in our wake. Contacted Chris Blake by phone and discovered that the Endeavour was not that far ahead, we decided to rendezvous together at Coolangatta so that we would sail together along the sunshine coast before he would turn into Moreton Bay and we would head on north. Walter, our new engineer, is picking up the job well. He has always been interested in engines and as a second year diesel mechanic seemed the obvious choice to work in the sheltered work shop. I hope that he will continue as a marine engineer as I feel he will find plenty of work. Looking forward to the sail with Endeavour tomorrow, should be good fun sailing in company.
Glenn R. Williams