Pitcairn is known as the island where the mutineers of HMAS Bounty took refuge after the mutiny. Bounty was anchored in “Bounty Bay“ 1790 and burned. The remains are still there covered with sand. Most of the persons we met on the island were descendants of the mutineers and the total population on the island is at present 61.We arrived in the evening and anchored at Ted Side, the NW side of the Island. The wind and swell changed and the next day we anchored in Bounty Bay close to the jetty at Adamstown. Due to the heavy swell the landing to the Island was made with a local boat mastered by Mike (the mayor). At the dock we were advised about all the local rules for visiting the island, and finally the immigration officer, Brenda drove us to her home and stamped the passports and collected the fees while she was serving fresh fruit and drinks for us. When we left she gave us a lot of bananas to be delivered at the jetty when we returned to the boat. When we came there she gave us a very nice reef trout, and before that time she took us to her sister in law who gave us all the vegetables we wanted. We were not allowed to pay for the goods. There is connection to Mangareva by ship every 3 month.
We were lucky, the weather was very good. The island is very beautiful with big old trees, cliffs, and mountains, and among other things we visited the museum, the school, the public house, and the post office. Everybody was extremely friendly and helpful to a degree we have never met before. We would have stayed longer, but rain together with unfavourable wind and swell at the anchorage made us leave.
This island visit was indeed a different and exceptional experience, which makes you want to come back some day.
Pacific passage, Pitcairn to Gambier Islands.
The passage to Gambier Islands began with a N to NW wind which went to NE, E, SE, and S and at last left us with too little wind to sail on in the heavy swell, so motoring was necessary at the end. The Passage of 314 Nm was made in 2 days with 12 hours of motoring. We saw no other ships on the way, and no fly-fish on the deck. We looked for hump back whales which are common at this time of the year, but without success.