June 10, 2010

Talisker bounty expedition expected in Kupang

Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara (ANTARA News) - A team of western adventurers making the Talisker Bounty Expedition in a wooden boat is expected to arrive in Teddys Beach, Kupang, NTT Province, on June 17 or 18, according to a local official.

The boat with four people on board are currently in southern Papua and had earlier been hampered by bad weather,Ubaldus Gogi, the NTT provincial tourism office`s promotion head, said here Wednesday.

"They use satellite communication and therefore it was quite easy to contact them. They were initially expected to arrive in Kupang on June 13, but due to bad weather they are expected to arrive on June 17 or 18," he said.

The expedition team left Britain on April 28 and was expected to spend 50 days on a journey like Captain Bligh made 221 years ago.

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 23-ft 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 on Timor Island.

When they arrived in Kupang, one of the crew members named Nelson died and was buried in Kupang.

On that same day, in the same place, at the same time, Australian adventurer Don McIntyre, three other British crew, namely Christopher James Wilde, David Wayne Wilkinson and David Pryce, 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, according to information available on the expedition`s website.

Source : http://antaranews.com/en/news/1276099072/talisker-bounty-expedition-expected-in-kupang

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