The Samoa Voyaging Socety (SVS) works to promote positive Samoan cultural values, respect for the ocean and nature, individual and social responsibility, discipline and integrity.

The SVS considers that the reintroduction of traditional sailing in Samoa will provide opportunities for youth development (sports, leadership), environmental awareness, cultural development and, potentially, tourism opportunities such as whale watching and adventure tours.

SVS is developing hands-on educational and training programmes in traditional sailing and navigation. The programmes will target young Samoan youth including school children, school leavers and other interested groups. The task of learning traditional sailing and navigation skills also develops leadership and discipline among the youth, leading to well-rounded young people capable of contributing positively to the growth of this nation.

Friday, April 16, 2010

The countdown if officially on, and we're off in two nights-waahhhooooooooo!!!

They last couple of days have flown by as we continue to prepare the boat and crew for the upcoming voyage. We've had fascinating discussions on navigation, and the route we'll be taking from this land mass to some little green dot out in the pacific. It will be inspiring to work with (and learn from!) the navigators going with the crew from the cook islands and the Tahitian navigator travelling with the NZ crew.

We'll primarily be relying on the stars and the sea to tell us where are va'a lies, and the direction we must take. It will be a great excersize (and for some of us a great stretch) to tell the time by our bodies clock and the position of the stars (including the sun), and to measure our speed by the time it takes a bubble to travel from one point on the boat to the next.

Must jet now... there is so much more to say, but the time is getting late, and there is much to do. Check out the link below for a little more info

Manuia Le po

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