Since our arrival we have had a busy time here at the National Maritime Museum. The staff here have been great, doing their utmost to ensure our stay is trouble free. Visitor numbers have started off really well, the coverage we have got in the local media has helped that along no end - our arrival last Saturday made it on to the news broadcasts of all 5 TV channels which is a great win, and even if I do say so myself, we looked bloody good coming in. On Monday we had the honour of Admiral Roth Swan coming aboard - he is the head of the Australian Sail Training Association and he presented 2 awards to members of our crew. These awards are for young people,between the ages of 16 and 23 who have shown outstanding personal achievment while undertaking a voyage and Greg O'Byrne, 2nd Mate, and Nicole Gardner, Leading Hand, were the first recipients of these awards. Well done to both, the awards were thoroughly deserved for their part in our voyage. It is pleasing to have the 2 VOC ships together in one port, and already there is a cameraderie building between the crews of Duyfken and Batavia. They invited us aboard the other night for a barbeque aboard, the fire being lit in their traditional galley in the tween decks. A pleasant night being had by all, our crew being in awe a little of the massive size of Batavia compared to our little ship. We were taken down into the forepeak and shown an area known as "hell", right up in bow, but to us it seemed incredibly spacious. The breasthook that we were sitting on was in fact wider than my bunk. We were able to reciprocate the hospitality a little last night when the Batavia crew joined ours to help sail the ship up to the Royal Moter Yacht Club at Point Piper. We had aboard a group of distinguished guests eager to see the ship in action including Ed Reitsma, the Consul General of the Netherlands, Albert Nooij, the Netherlands Ambassador in Canberra, Joost Dirkzwager, Ambasaderaad from Canberra, Baron Schelto van Heemstra, the Dutch Ambassador from Jakarta and Ambassadors from various Asean countries - many of which with links to our projects because of the Dutch ships that used to trade there. They got a good view of the ship under sail as we tacked a few times amongst the harbour traffic and then with a few yacht club guests aboard, we had a great downwind sail back under 2 topsails only, easily keeping pace with Windeward Bound under topsails and t'gallant. As always the work goes on, Andrea the Mate has left the ship here after doing a great job over the past few months, she will be missed by all aboard, Greg now will keep the maintenance going during the next few weeks. The ship will remain at the Australian National Maritime Museum on display each day while we get her ready for the next voyage. I will be taking some leave for a week or two but will update this journal again when I get back to bring up to date our progress and future plans.