QUICK EXIT FROM PALMERSTON!
02 August 2010 | Between Palmerston and Tonga
The winds were gaining, not lessening, as the weather forecasts predicted, and there was a switch to the North. This put the Shearwater only a couple hundred feet in front of a thundering reef. The moorings were questionable as they are tied to coral, literally. And to lessen one's confidence, one boat, yesterday, in benign conditions broke off the mooring and drifted out to sea. Had that been today, it would have drifted in the opposite direction and now be a wreck... on the reef! So, as dark approached, and as all signs shouted at me to leave and despite wanting to see my filming to its logical conclusion, I cut loose and headed into the darkening sea.....its night now and I am on the way to Tonga.
Once again, I found that the camera is a powerful instrument...my filming caused consternation. I felt I actually became somewhat unwelcome on the island and, in fact, began to meet resistance. Angry words flew in my direction, as a subtext to the apparent harmony started to appear. One week ago, I arrived at the island fascinated by Mr Marsters and his three wives and his descendants....I leave even more fascinated...not really being allowed to get the full story.....but... maybe that, in itself, IS the story.
But and perhaps more importantly...yesterday was a gift, a truly unique day from the filming point of view and... it was not of the Marsters! I have the raw footage ready to go and as soon as I get to Tonga I will post it... I wont give it away - it was a stunning day for my camera and me.
PS Interesting note: a 57 foot catamaran in the waters just ahead flipped over in a sudden wind of 60 knots! all rescued.