Thursday, October 22, 2009
No Toilet Paper?
April 28, 2010 Marks the 221st anniversary of the Mutiny on the Bounty, when Fletcher Christian cast William Bligh and 18 of his men adrift in a 23ft open boat, which marked the beginning of one of the greatest open boat voyages in maritime history. During the following seven weeks, Bligh and his men sailed over 3,700 nautical miles, in an overloaded boat, with little food or water and no charts, from Tonga to Kupang in Timor.
On that same day, in the same place, at the same time, Australian adventurer Don McIntyre and three other crew, will relive Bligh's nightmare, by attempting to sail the same voyage under similar conditions, no charts, no toilet paper, not enough food or water, in an 18th century traditional open timber whale boat. McIntyre is not new to adventuring, but this challenge is like nothing he has experienced before.
This website will officially open mid 2009, but the hunt is now on to find three crew to be part of this unique adventure. You need to like the sea and yourself, be prepared for anything and carry a sense of humor... How else could you adjust to not using toilet paper? Bligh had none and neither will this expedition!
We will have very good safety equipment, a strong risk minimisation program, and whilst we will have a GPS, charts, torches and the emergency food etc. onboard, it will be sealed in a box and not used. The hardships and human dynamics of the crew is part of the experience sought, to get close to Bligh and his men.
Are you up for the biggest thing you may ever do in your life? Will you have regrets if you do not?
Mike Perham has also signed on. He is the youngest sailor (at the moment) to have sailed around the world. Should be an interesting trip and we won't know how there doing unless they decide to Tweet about their adventure. Read more here.