Position; Day's run. 00 nm. Departure day and while we have finished the majority of the tarring and pa inting there is still a lot to do aboard. My promise to the crew is that if they can have the ship squared away by noon then the remainder of the afte rnoon is theirs. During the meeting I went through the days program and wha t I was expecting of them tomorrow. Tomorrow we will be meeting a Dutch Fri gate off of the coast of Holland for a media photo and film shoot. The Dutc h TV's will be showing our sailing in the North Sea that night and the pape rs will have the story on Saturday. For this event I wanted to have all han ds up to handle sail and so warned people that a few hours extra sleep woul d be to their advantage, I cant imagine many taking that advice. Still your only young and foolish once, the young part is solved with time, and the f oolish part? Everyone swings into gear as they tackle the job lists, those who had had a heavy night were a little uncoordinated at first and really were a bit of a handicap as the others were moving with far more purpose and vigour. All of the guns have to be mounted onto their carriages, the bow sprit needs to be finished with sanding and oiling, a lot of stowing and disposing of mat erials and gear, many small jobs needed completing. They did it though, by lunch time the vessel was looking almost tidy so muc h had been done that I was glad to let everyone bar the ship keepers the ti me off. As I had surmised only a very few took the opportunity to grab some sleep so it looks as though we are going to have a few tired people tomorr ow. At 1800 all hands gathered again onboard for the last final fling at securi ng the loose items. An easy job taking only half an hour at best and we wer e finally ready to go. We had only to have dinner which Julie was throwing together and then we would go, the break allowed us to say goodbye to those who had come down to see us off. The people of Lowestoft have proven to be great and we had a very good stay, special thanks must go to the Royal Nor folk and Suffolk Yacht Club who kindly allowed us to make use of their faci lities while we were in port. They have undoubtedly the best showers that w e had ever come across in our voyage. Our thanks to the manager Gerald Chur ch, the barman extraordinaire Russel and to the staff who were kind and pat ient to us seafarers. At 1940 I judged that the in flowing tide was slack enough for us to manoeu vre out of the basin, the wind was light and had swung around to the south so was on our bow. This time we only had to spring the stern slightly out a nd then come astern aiming for the gap in the south pier. The entrance to t he river is not wide but should suffice for us in these conditions, the rea son why I wanted slack water was that as we came out of the marina basin we were going to be at right angles to the flow of the river which if there w as a current still would jam us in the entrance. I prefer making these mano euvres at slow speed so that I can react to a problem in plenty of time als o if we were to lose engines the resulting bang would not be a hard one. As it was we came out smoothly with a few metres to spare. The 'Duyfken' stre tched all the way across the narrow river to within a couple of metres befo re our bow cleared the marina and allowed us to turn towards the sea. It al l worked out well and before any one new it we were out and steaming toward s the port entrance. Lots of people on the breakwater waving good bye to us as we steamed pass and that was very nice, nice to see we had made a bit o f an impact on peoples lives with our voyage. The tide was still flowing strong out in the open water in fact it almost c aught me by surprise as we approached our first navigation buoy. We were so on clear of the sand bars and out into the North Sea proper, almost no wind and what there was came forward of our beam, nothing for it but to motor. It is 57 nm to where we are to meet the Frigate and we will need to make be tter than four knots all of the way. The wind would be perfect for us to sa il directly to Texel however our course takes us south of east. The long range forecast does not look good for Sunday; let's hope they have it wrong as long-range forecasts can be.