Synopsis: In 1989 the trimaran Rose Noelle set sail from Picton, New Zealand, for Tonga with four men on board. After a freak wave turned the boat upside down, they drifted for 119 days before landing on Great Barrier Island.
86 min





What's that?

[PHIL] John! What's happening?


Oh, my god!

What the hell?


The rogue wave came

out of nowhere, with no warning...

a 40-foot wall of solid water

hit us like a freight train...

and was gone before we knew it.

Suddenly we were upside-down...

with water flooding

through the companion way.



Are you okay?

- Okay? Fucking kidding, we're upside-down, mate!

- We're bloody sinking!

We won't sink. The boat will start rising

when it equalizes with outside, okay?

We're gonna die! We're gonna die! Jesus!

- No! Hold on! Hold on!


Shit... guys, grab anything you can!

The aft cabin is the

highest point! Come on!


Look, that's about as

good as we're gonna get it.

Rick! Rick! What are you doing?

Emergency beacon.

All right, come on.

I can't go in there.

Come on, Phil.

[JOHN] Get in!

What now? What the f*ck do we do now?

Here... eat.

We're gonna die.

- We're rooted.

- Shut the f*ck up.

She's gonna break up... sooner or later.

Storm or container ship, we're going down.

Just keep calm, okay?

That's the main thing.

We'll be all right.

So we just turn this

thing the right-side-up?

- Can't... impossible.

- Why not?

Once a multi-hull

capsizes, it stays that way.

Fucked on the drawing

board... bloody death traps!

How about we rig something up,

make a mast, sail upside-down?

She's 75 percent underwater,

all right... unnavigable.

Hey, we got food, we got water.

I got tanks full of

it, thousands of liters.

We just have to wait.

We'll be okay. I want you guys to relax.

JOHN (V.O.):
The only way forward

was to adapt, learn to survive.

We needed to accept the

situation and go with it.

But all they could

think about was rescue.



Yeah, of a corpse.

Wouldn't need to do it, if

you'd built an escape hatch.

Now someone's gonna hear us, right?

How long before someone picks

up the signal, do you reckon?

Hard to say.

Not too many boats out

here... have to be a plane.

Well, how close do they have

to be to pick up a signal?

Depends on the conditions.

JOHN (V.O.):
I'd missed my

scheduled departure date.

My original crew had dropped

out at the last minute...

and I needed to find

replacements at short notice.

Jim, check it out.

JOHN (V.O.):
I wanted to sail

before the weather changed.

- John Glennie.

- Jim, pleased to meet ya'.

Yeah, good to meet you.

So what's the weather like

in Tonga this time of year?

Oh, it's the tropics, mate.

You know? Sun, warm, beaches...

more beautiful women than

you can shake your stick at.

I like the sound of that.

Yeah, the Friendly Islands!

Could do with a cook. You

got any sailing experience?

Absolutely none.

Some... a bit.

Oh, well. Yeah, it doesn't matter.

I just need extra bodies to keep watch.

How long would it take?

Mm... two weeks tops.

Trade winds are pretty

strong this time of year.

You guys should come on down, check it out.


Could be just what you need, mate.

Eh? Get away for a bit,

time to think, clear the air.

- What about you?

- Maybe.


Sure, why not?

Doctor phoned this morning.

Going to see her tomorrow, but

it looks like I'm in the clear.

Latest scan says it's retreating.

Fantastic, man. Fantastic.

Rose Noelle, leaving two

days time. What do you reckon?

[MARTHA] Go on. Write them down.

C'mon, Martha. Don't do this.

I mean it. Write them down.


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