Talisker Bounty to reenact Captain Bligh's journey

Following a mutiny aboard the British navy ship Bounty in 1789, Capt. Bligh was famously cast away in a 23-foot longboat with 18 crewmembers. He successfully navigated his way from Tonga to West Timor in 48 days, equipped with only 150 pounds of ship biscuits, 16 pounds of pork, six quarts of rum, six bottles of wine and 28 gallons of water. The crew had no charts, no compasses and no
Author:
Publish date:
talisker

Following a mutiny aboard the British navy ship Bounty in 1789, Capt. Bligh was famously cast away in a 23-foot longboat with 18 crewmembers. He successfully navigated his way from Tonga to West Timor in 48 days, equipped with only 150 pounds of ship biscuits, 16 pounds of pork, six quarts of rum, six bottles of wine and 28 gallons of water. The crew had no charts, no compasses and no lights. Amazingly, everyone survived.

On April 28, four adventurers from around the world will mark the 221st anniversary of Bligh’s navigational feat by attempting to reenact the journey. They will sail for 48 days with 25 days of rations in a 25-foot longboat, the Talisker Bounty. Like Bligh, the crew will use no modern navigational tools – only an 18th century sextant and octant. They will be constantly exposed to the elements and at risk of capsizing in any storms they may encounter.

Though the journey sounds absurd by today's standards, Australian Don McIntyre said he was drawn to what he saw as the ultimate adventure. "It is a challenge that is incredibly raw, honest and open. It's just a few blokes in a boat with a bit of food and water," said McIntyre.

Joining him on board are Antarctic sailor David Bryce from Australia, Hong Kong businessman David Wilkinson and 18-year-old British sailor Christopher Wilde.

Though the expedition has been in the making for four years, the crew was only finalized last month after two of the original team had to drop out. Solo circumnavigator Mike Perham was forced to withdraw due to health concerns. Another crew left when he discovered the training itself was too much to handle. The men are hoping to be in peak physical condition when they set sail, so that they will be better able to live off of minimal rations and endure the elements on the way to their final destination.

The Talisker Bounty crew will begin their voyage in Tonga and head west to Fiji, Vanuatu and Restoration Island. They will then turn toward Australia's Great Barrier Reef and through the Torres Strait to West Timor, in Indonesia. Though the crew is required by international rules to have electronics on board, they will not actively use them for navigational purposes.

For more on the journey, follow the adventure at the Talisker Bounty's website and blog.

Related

7261ab1f-6891-424f-a22f-14c946c08ba8

Gear: Fusion Panel-Stereo

Plug & Play StereoIt can be a real pain to install a marine stereo inside a boat, what with the tiresome business of running cables through cramped spaces and finding somewhere sensible to locate the speakers. The audiophiles at Fusion thought about this and came up with the ...read more

2019BestBoatsPromo-04

Best Boats 2019

Some years ago, the book Aak to Zumbra catalogued—and celebrated—the incredible diversity of watercraft that has evolved over the centuries, a diversity that remains evident to this day in the 11 winners comprising the “Class of 2019” in SAIL’s Best Boats contest. Indeed, it ...read more

TOTW_PromoSite

SAIL's Tip of the Week

Presented by Vetus-Maxwell.Got a tip? Send it to sailmail@sailmagazine.comGuaranteed result What you see on the end of this halyard isn’t a beautiful Flemish Eye worked by a rigger, but it will make a big difference when you have to “mouse” a line through the mast. If the ...read more

dometicadler-700x

How to: Upgrading Your Icebox

The time has come when the prospect of cold drinks and long-term food storage has you thinking about upgrading your icebox to DC-powered refrigeration. Duncan Kent has been there and done that, and has some adviceFresh food must be kept at a refrigerated temperature of 40 degrees ...read more

Jet-in-Belize

Cruising: Evolution of a Dream

There’s a time to go cruising and a time to stop. As Chris DiCroce found, you don’t always get to choose those timesAlbert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, ...read more

01a-rosemary-anchored-at-Qooqqut,-inland-from-Nuuk

Cruising: A Passage to Greenland

When a former winner of the Whitbread Round the World Race invites you to sail the Northwest Passage, there is only one sensible answer. No.More adventurous types might disagree, but they weren’t the ones facing frostbite of the lungs or the possibility of having the yacht’s hull ...read more