Hello everyone hope all is well out there. I would like to start off this report with a very big thank you to Zodiac Pete, Farmer, Rijnhard, Andy, Kevin Williams, John McPhan, Max, Sandra, Oded, the Svanen crew and all those volunteers who helped us this year at Woolongong Slipway the ship really looks great with that new coat of paint and all things overhauled. The trip down to Woolongong was a very rainy trip with our crew of 8 and a rather rough 2-metre swell. A lucky break in the swell allowed us to get up on the cradle that night around 1800 on the 28/5/02 a little damage was done to the channels but apart from that all went very well and the crew were drinking hot chocolate at 2300 after pulling all the cradle arms in and fitting the acrow props under the ship. The following 14 days were very kind to us as we had no rain for the duration of our time on the slip very warm days so the paint went on in perfect weather conditions every sailing ships dream. We managed to fit a new bow net that you can not fall threw it looks great and certainly makes furling sail easier for the crew. The day we decided to go back in the water the wind decided to blow 30 knots from the SW so we waited to see if the wind would ease after deciding to leave it another day there was a lull in the wind at about 2100 and we all decided to launch Svanen back in the water ,all went well once again many thanks to the Svanen crew and our old 1st mate Gavin all of whom made it possible to get back in the water without damage to any of the paint work We ran up all the engines checked for leaks primed all the pumps and then proceeded to Port Kembla to anchor for the night and let things settle in by this time it was 2400hrs we were all exhausted .The following morning after a good nights sleep and a great breakfast saw us up again and straight into the wharf to pick up those volunteers who were joining the ship for the cruise back to Sydney the wind by this time had abaited to 20 knots great for sailing home , after crew training and safety drills the wind eased to 15 knots still good for the trip home by the time we weighed anchor and motored out the harbour the wind decided to completely settle to 5knots as we were off Woolongong the wind was gone and the sea was dead calm although we were a little upset about the wind deciding to go we had a great trip motoring home laying in our new bow net and spotting a large pack of seals sun backing in the water 5nm off Cronulla. We then anchored at Quarantine beach for the night where we had a great BBQ and a couple of wines to end our days run from the slipway .The next day the wind came in from the NE so we weighed anchor and set sail for Svanens home Campbells cove. After a weeks well earned rest the crew were once again busy painting and taking advantage of this good weather recaulking decks and sealing up all those leaks, varnishing and finishing off all those little jobs that never seem to end around a square rigged sailing ship.We have brought down the course yard this is the last of the yards to be overhauled after striping and varnishing the yard it is now back up in place and the ship looks great well done crew and volunteers. Last week Yarrow organized the crew and friends at paintball where we all shot the living daylights out of each other it was a great stress reliever and a good day although the crew were very sore and sorry for the next couple of days. I think that we are all hooked on paintball We farewell Gavin our first mate for the last 9 weeks who is going to complete his master four at Tassy marine college we wish him well in his studies and will miss him around the ship thanks Gavin for all your hard work in helping us maintain this beautiful ship. We also said farwell to Celia early May as she headed of to the Whitsunday’s Our new crewmembers are Mathew Palmer and Boyce Nolan who joined us just before the slipway. The program for the rest of the year is on the web site so have a look at it and come sailing with us on a weekend trip or a day sail. Rumour has it that we are of to Melbourne next year for some adventures so stay tuned and we will let you know as soon as we get confirmation. O.K. That’s all for now sailing friends see you just before Christmas.