Chris Wilde is flat out and leaves the UK on Tuesday afternoon, 3 days after being told he is onboard Talisker Bounty Boat. I actually woke him up at about 10am on Saturday Morning to start talking about it. That was maybe the last decent sleep he is going to have for awhile. Top job to clear the decks so fast…he will pop up on the blog once he slows down after Sydney.
Dave Price has been out “Shopping” today…maybe it is a “Dave” thing?…but he sails away on Wednesday onboard “Blizzard” for a birding Charter booked six months ago. As soon as he is back he leaves to join us in Tonga, so he has only one more day to prepare and pack his bags.
Beside emails, I have been repairing the Octant case with the help of Doug Campbell who built the boat, checking the pocket watches we will use, writing final lists, sourcing extra medical monitoring gear for onboard TBB and answering the phone! So what is the final time line?
On April the 9th at the Mitchell library in Sydney, we will hold our final TBB send off and get to view many of Bligh’s personal artefacts including his “Note book” that he wrote whilst in the boat sailing to Kupang, his log book, telescope, personal seal and some letters he wrote to his wife after the Mutiny and the open boat voyage from Kupang . It will make for an amazing day and really create a profound sense of time and place for us all. I am very excited about this amazing opportunity. All these items are now owned by Australia and only rarely on display…go to the “Resources” section/button of the TBB web site and there are links to the materiel…also check out the great animated Bligh site (while there) that the ABC in Australia have set up..it takes a bit to down load but it great fun.
On April the 12th we arrive in Nukualofa in Tonga and set up base at the www.royalsunset.biz resort for a week before, setting sail on the April 19th to sail north to the site of the Mutiny and the official start of the expedition on April 28th….what happened to the last four years??? Don