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    Bligh waters...Northern Yasawa Islands

    These are the very waters Captain Bligh sailed through in an open skiff with his few loyal shipmates after Fletcher Christian took command of the HMS Bounty in Tahiti.

    In one of the longest recorded survival stories at sea, Bligh eventually was rescued and navigated his way to New Caledonia without charts or compass, and without food nor water. They survived catching fish, turtles and rain water in a sail catchment system.

    The waters can be very rough and dangerous. It was here in Northern Fiji that cannibals tried to catch Bligh and his crew and eat them. The islands in the photos are known as the Northern Yasawa Islands and are some of the most beautiful on earth. Sailing here is dangerous as the charts do not record new shoals, and sand bars and after some great earthquakes, new rock shelves can appear just 5 feet under the water where before there was 20 or 50 feet of clearance for ships and sail boats.
    There are no guarantees in life, in sailing, or for tomorrow. Just travel light and keep your wits about you.
    I wouldn't be anywhere else. The ocean is a meditation, a prayer and the greatest therapy there is.
    Far from the madding crowd am I. Happy New Year.

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