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The Mutiny on the Bounty was on 28 April 1789 led by Fletcher Christian against Lieutenant William Bligh. The crew were entranced by the utopia and women of Tahiti. Bligh was set afloat in an open 23 foot boat with eighteen crew loyal to him. The mutineers then settled on Pitcairn Island or in Tahiti and burned the Bounty. Bligh navigated on a 47-day voyage to Timor, equipped with a quadrant and pocket watch and without charts or compass. He then returned to Britain and reported the mutiny to the Admiralty on 15 March 1790, 2 years and 11 weeks after his original departure. Bligh's voyage is one of the most incredible feats of navigation in his era.

Course summary: Tofua - Kupang
Boats: Mini 6.5 (for Bligh legs)
Distance: 4346 NM
Estimated duration: 40 days
Race type: Ocean

Leg 1 involves a 4346NM voyage across the western Pacific from Tonga to Timor, passing through the Fiji and Vanuatu Islands and the Torres Strait. The leg will pose both tricky passes through narrow reef strewn straits and open ocean with complex weather systems. The leg will be very challenging.

The second Bligh leg will be from Kupang to Jakarta.

The first Fletcher leg will be from Tonga to Tubuai. The second will be to Tahiti. The third will be to Pitcairn but via Fiji and the Cooks.
I'll complete the remaining 4 four legs in the near future. We could either run the legs in succession or run the Bligh and Fletcher legs in parallel.

Comments welcome!
Fabulous!!! but I don't want to wait until April to start it :-)

We have an ocean race pre-Christmas but.. maybe we could find a reason/memorable date to start this one in January?

Sounds like a challenge. Glad we don't need to provision the boat with water and food though. :-) I wonder what he ate for that entire time.

--- Last Edited by Tamalone at 2012-10-26 16:10:31 ---
Juicy one... Nice one Scots
I like to talk a lot... sometimes I even make sense, mostly not...
I love to race on historical traces. I wait for NW and NE Passage race and for Shakleton's race.
Well done Scot !
regards Poco
I'm in!
Good idea. I'm especially intrigued on how we are to become entranced by the women of Tahiti.
Bligh died on 6 Dec. If we start on that anniversary it would mean racing over xmas though.

The Bounty arrived in Tahiti on 26 Oct (the first time with Bligh still in command).

The 1935 film was released on 8 Nov.
If this leg is considered too long, we could look at splitting the leg. Bligh may have stopped briefly in Fiji, Vanuatu or Cape York.

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