Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Mutiny Day +221 Years
Mutiny Day dawned here exactly 221 years since Bligh had been cast adrift from his ship but with markedly different conditions. In contrast to the calm conditions that Bligh experienced we had a steady northwesterly. Right on the nose for us to head to Tofua from our paradise island.
Not to be deterred, we went onto a no food / no toilet paper regime and prepared for sea hoping that the conditions would improve and start complying with the gentle south easterly breeze forecast. It was almost lunch by the time we realised that enthusiasm wasn't going to be enough to give us the conditions to set off. You might think that we were disappointed but actually we raced down to the galley and knocked back a late breakfast before preparing for lunch. How are we going to manage on Bligh's limited rations??
The afternoon was spent sailing around the lagoon in the Bounty Boat while cameraman Stuart filmed firstly from the masthead of Ianthe, then the deck and finally from below the turquoise waters in Scuba gear.
It was a great day but all the antics took its toll on our precious craft. A rope got caught under the forward hatch damaging its latch and an eyelet was pulled out of one of our solar panels. A sharp blow and reminder to be every so carefully with our delicate gear in a tough environment.
The support crew whipped up a great meal again tonight which is going to make the "hard tack" diet even harder to take. Don has been cast adrift astern, as the Bounty Boat was being tossed around like a rodeo rider alongside the Ianthe as the wind whipped a nasty chop up across the reef.
Fingers crossed for a fair breeze and better conditions for mutiny tomorrow.
I wonder whether Bligh might have been saved the mutiny that day if the weather had been more demanding??
Dave Pryce / Quilter