Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Festival of Pacific Arts at Guam

The Festival of Pacific Arts is going on in Guam right now.  Sailing canoes from many islands in Micronesia have sailed to Guam for this event.  Hundreds of miles in the open ocean with little or no shelter from the elements.  It's great to see this revival.
More photos here.  
Thanks to Matthew Mateo for the links and photos.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Tarawa Overhaul and Repaint

My 15 year old 16' proa, Tarawa, is in the shop for an overhaul and paint.  It is in remarkable condition for having spent all of that time out in the weather.  The construction is strip planked NZ redwood with epoxy/glass inside and out.  It has a self bailing cockpit floor made from a foam sheet with glass both sides.  This was the prototype for what was to become the T2 design that I sell.  The T2 is two feet longer and has less extreme asymmetry.  I will make a new hiking seat that allows the sailor to get his or her weight farther aft.  Weight shift is an important part of getting one of these to cooperate with your intentions.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Proas Racing At Guam

 The group is called TASA, Traditions Affirming our Seafaring Ancestry. 
They're based on Guam and have built three sakman canoes.

Monday, April 18, 2016

The World's Fastest Fishermen

The Sandeq Race takes place on the West coast of  West Sulawesi in Indonesia, where local fishermen have for many years used traditional outrigger sailing boats to catch flying fish for their eggs.
See more here.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

The Big Stretch

Mike Lorincz in Florida has stretched his Ulua to 36 ft (11 M).  The cedar planking and fiberglass are slightly heavier and the hull is 1-1/2 inches wider.  A sailing rig is still under construction.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Multiple Madness

Two of CLC's 31' Proa design were recently launched in the Los Angeles area.  

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Images of Tahiti

Bora Bora



Some photos taken from a Tahitian Facebook page:

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Crosby Cup Regatta at Iluka Bay, Australia

The annual Crosby Cup Regatta was held at Iluka Bay, Australia, on Saturday, 19th of March, 2016 at Iluka Bay. Sailing in vessels are made from roofing, bamboo and rubber and some are capable of hitting 10–12 knots in the right conditions.

Photos and info are taken from The Daily Examiner.  Read the full article and watch a video here.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Coromandel Harbor, New Zealand

Yes, my friends, Coromandel, New Zealand really does look like this all year round.  Dennis and his stretched double outrigger Ulua "Hikurangi" came by to visit the other day.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Around the Backyard Boatyards

 Andrew Osborn in New Zealand ready to launch his Wa'apa.

Jon Van Vuren's Ulua ready to go in Florida.

 Guy Davis has completed the planking on his 27' stretched Ulua in Hawaii.

Tom Raiss has his Ulua molds set up in Brazil.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Roller Reefing and Furling the Ulua Sail

Stewart Jackson in Australia demonstrating the roller reefing and furling system on his Ulua.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Te Rangi Hiroa

 Just returned from a two and a half week road trip to the bottom of New Zealand,
  We towed the teardrop camping trailer the whole way, sleeping inside and cooking
 from the galley under the aft hatch.

On the way back I made a pilgrimage to Te Rangi Hiroa's (Sir Peter Buck's) grave.  The crypt containing his and his wife's ashes is under a 16' high concrete sculpture of a traditional canoe prow.  
He survived being a medical doctor on the battlefields of WWI, worked in public health back in NZ, traveled extensively though the islands of the South Pacific cataloging their material culture, and eventually became the head of the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Of course his records of the canoes existing at that time and his book Vikings of the Sunrise are the most interesting to me.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

ITI For Sale

ITI for sale

New Zealand proa sailors may be interested in  ITI, a prototype 23 ft shunter that  has lived in the Whangarei harbor for about 12 years.
Originally built to be used as a fishing waka, and go trolling under sail on the Tutukaka coast, but changing circumstances and the owners relocation brought about a change in those plans……moving from the coast to the upper reaches of the Whangarei harbor made getting out to sea much more difficult. So in order to spend the odd night aboard, a whare was built to provide shelter and a lock-up place for gear.
Now, with older age starting to show in wear and tare of  joints,I need a waka better suited to this condition, so am building a 30 footer.
ITI is in need of some maintenance but is still able to do coastal sailing this summer if an enthusiast is willing to take him over at a fair price…..offers near $3000 NZ make sense to me.

Modeled on the Micronesian type proa, there are innovations to the running rigging system which allow ITI to be sailed single handed.
The picture shows my paddleboard being carried between the hulls, although a board or two can be lashed on the lee side beams to function as a safety ama and prevent heeling beyond recovery point.
Sail area is not big in the professionally made North Sails Crab claw sail, but this rig can handle winds up to 30 knts…. A bigger sail with reef point would improve performance, if fun sailing rather than fishing was the object.

Interested parties can e mail me, Jeremy, at southernoutriggers@xtra.co.nz

Monday, February 1, 2016

Almost Ready

Ernesto Cassol is almost ready to launch his Ulua made from Brazilian timbers.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Drone Video

Pirogue traditionnelle polynésienne à voiles
Nous vous faisons partager une vidéo comme on en voit peu souvent!Cette vidéo a été tournée par un drone. Elle film la pirogue traditionnelle polynésienne à voiles qu'a construit l'association VA A MOTU dont nous sommes partenaire pour leur avoir fourni les voiles. Les images sont juste incroyables...
Posted by delta voiles on Tuesday, December 22, 2015
 Some drone video of the va'a motu built in Fakarava, French Polynesia.