Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Sheryl from Los Angeles, a member of the Diageo Support crew, attempts to stow away.
Wow...I am in Expedition mode as I am using my $10 plastic glasses now and they are not as good as my Italian ones that are now packed...we just had the most amazing Roast Turkey dinner on board Ianthe with Talisker Bounty Boat still tied alongside.The anchorage is very rolly as the wind is now from the North west and has been blowing Hard all night , 30kts with incredible Tropical down poors and low vis.
I am sleeping on TBB by myself with the others crashing where they can on the support boat. The Cover on TBB is leaking like a sieve so that is going to make life miserable in the weeks ahead but hey we know that. The bad news is the the conditions have been too bad and the wind from the wrong direction for us to move. As I write the wind is dropping and it is slowly changing directions so we are confident of getting underway tomorrow. We will not be on the site of the Mutiny by dawn however!! which is disappointing but risk minimization is our priority at the moment. We are all set to go but will have to have our Mutiny celebration at dawn tomorrow on the anchor here.
This anchorage is a tricky place to get out of with reefs everywhere so we will probably not move till around midday and then head out to the Mutiny mark and sail through the night to Tofua..I am now hoping we have enough wind to sail as it is dropping fast. Bligh had no wind on the morning of the Mutiny and rowed all day for Tofua arriving just after dark and standing off till dawn...
Bligh is on my mind every day now. We are doing final checks and eating as much as we can..but that creates the problem on plenty waiting to come out and no toilet paper remember!! so I am starting to taper off now...I have lost a bit of my 7Kg that I have put on over the past few months but feel OK about the idea of Bounty rations.
Margie has been picking up all my work load and now she and I both know that there is nothing that I can do but get out there and get this thing rolling. She has to clean up the mess and keep shore-side happening!
Yesterday was frustrating sitting out the weather but it has made us all raring to go . There is nothing left for us to do. everything is set. As Capt. I have everything I could want to do this as best we can the way Bligh did. The Boat is fantastic, the safety plan ready to go and the four of us NUTTERS! are really one team ready for a bit of fun.
This is not going to be easy but it is going to be worth watching. Thanks to everyone who has been supporting us, the commitment of Diageo and Talisker, all the people working behind the scenes, our supporting sponsors and friends, everyone who has helped to get us here. There are too many of you to mention but I will say that Margie continues to be the hidden strength backing me up! Please remember we are doing this for SIF too. if you ever want to help us now please go to the just giving site.The crew on TBB want to see the numbers raising steadily while we are out there. I said right at the beginning that we have a far greater chance of surviving this trip than do sufferers of MNd, ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) or La Maladie de Charcot, depending on where you are in the world; it all spells misery! We will fight hard till the end so please think about that.
Oops! What have we done? I guess there is about to be a Mutiny! Don