Tuesday, May 24, 2016
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, 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
Sunday, April 24, 2016
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Saturday, April 9, 2016
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
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
Thursday, March 10, 2016
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
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
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
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 email@example.com
Monday, February 1, 2016
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Pirogue traditionnelle polynésienne à voilesSome drone video of the va'a motu built in Fakarava, French Polynesia.
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