Saturday, September 29, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
The handle of my steering paddle thrills to action,
My paddle named Kautu-ki-te-rangi.
It guides to the horizon but dimly discerned.
To the horizon that lifts before us,
To the horizon that ever recedes,
To the horizon that ever draws near,
To the horizon that causes doubt,
To the horizon that instils dread,
The horizon with unknown power,
The horizon not hitherto pierced.
The lowering skies above,
The raging seas below,
Oppose the untraced path
Our ship must go.
Taken from "Vikings of the Sunrise" by Sir Peter Buck (Te Rangi Hiroa)
Monday, September 10, 2007
The highlight of the 1978 Hiri Moale festival held in Port Moresby was undoubtedly the great canoe race. More than 90 canoes with almost 750 crew lined up along Moresby's harbor beach .
The rules limited the the sail area to 280 sq feet, but the canoes ranged from 28 to 42 foot in length.
The wind was strong and many competitors reached speeds close to 20 knots.
The shunting rigs have Western style rectangular boomless sprit sails. The mast can be tilted fore and aft for trim on any given course.
The photos were scanned from Air Niugini's flight magazine.
LOA 29.5" (750mm)
BOA 13" (330mm)
Ama Length 12" (300mm)
Hull Beam at Deck 2 3/4" (70mm)
Built by: Litai Kapua
Litai was born in Tuvalu (south of Kiribati) but spent the last 20 years in Kiribati where he built four full size sailing canoes.