Our chart is a blotchy mess of pencil-work down the east coast of Hinchinbrook Island. It looks very busy, but the close spacing of the position fixes indicates how slowly Duyfken was sailing when the navigators put them on the chart. The light easterly lasts all night. The smooth sea allows Duyfken to slip along at between one and two knots and, to the delight of all aboard, make some useful ground to windward. We tack at midnight, then again just after breakfast. The pace is slow but we are on schedule. Voyage crew Steve congratulates himself on ordering such superb weather. We spend most of the morning all but becalmed. The breeze dies off until it is a barely perceptible tickle among the facial whiskers. The sea is unrippled. Yet Duyfken still creeps along at about a knot. When we decide to cool off with a swim we have to back the main yards to stop the ship. It feels slightly ridiculous, heaving-to in a flat calm like this, but she loves the smooth water and just wants to keep going. Shortly after lunch the sea breeze fills in from the north east. It's almost too good to be true. We tack the ship once more and head her for Palm Islands, our destination for tomorrow. Soon Duyfken is burbling along at four knots in the sunshine. The voyage crew are loving it, but the permanent crew, I suspect, are loving it more. It has been a long time since we have had a sail as pleasant as this and the forecast is for more of the same. As I lie here typing this, my hammock is hanging at an angle to the mizzen mast but hardly swinging. I can hear the loud gurgling of the wake through the cabin windows high in the stern. Life is so pleasant aboard Duyfken at the moment that several of the crew comment that it feels like a holiday. Discomforts of the past seem a long way off. We have a night of tricky navigation ahead of us as we tack back and forth between the reefs and islands of Halifax Bay. I am hoping we can sail into the anchorage at Great Palm Island tomorrow morning. Whatever happens from here, this will be one of the memorable sails of the voyage.