I watched that movie and enjoyed it.
A good movie showing survival at sea, especially the challenge of personalities among survivors.
What is amazing is that after 119 days adrift, they wound up on another island, Great Barrier Island, which is part of the chain of islands that make up New Zealand
. In short, they landed not too far from where they started.
Here is a good web page with an first person article about the event, written by the skipper
of the trimaran
Rose Noelle, John Glennie. This page has several photos showing the interior
and exterior of the boat. It also mentions the electrionics he had aboard the boat.
"Equipped with color radar ,sat nav, solar panels, VHF and ham radios, 13 winches, hydraulic backstay and wind generator just to name a few. The complete cruising machine."
John Glennie. ‚€œMaster of the Sea.‚€Ě part 1 - MastersConnection2020
Also, that page shows that the skipper
, John Glennie had built another Tri previously and had sailed it extensively in the Pacific. So he was not a newbie to sailing or to trimarans.
If you want to see where they left on their ill fated voyage and then where they landed 119 days later, go to Google
maps and enter Picton, New Zealand
(origin) and then Great Barrier Island, New Zealand.
According to Glennie, the rogue wave
happened during a storm, not as depicted in the opening scene of the movie.
"In a southerly gale three days out and hove to under a collapsed sea anchor, Rose-Noelle capsized when she was hit by a rogue wave - another 60 foot wall of water that turned us upside down in a matter of seconds.
We were still in the Roaring Forties and to make matters worse, it was Southern hemisphere winter time. June 4th.
This was not looking good. And it would be not looking good for the next 119 days."
His boat was 40 foot and self designed.
By the way, I was in an offshore race
in the Pacific when a 40 - 50 foot trimaran
that had passed my (I was not the owner) Farr 40 foot mono boat earlier capsized in high seas and high winds, throwing the crew overboard
and resulting in a helicopter search for their crew at night. In that race
, it was not a capsize
as a result of a rogue wave. We were surfing down big swells, and it was difficult to control the boat.