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.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

29th July 2011

Position: 39 01.4' N / 125 13.5' W

Course: 110 °T

Speed: 7 knots

We're having cheese twisties on our watch at the moment and chocolate, with tea. It's almost five in the morning and it's gusting 28 knots with winds of 25 knots. Koleni andIi are in the galley and Faapau is sitting at the galley opening. I just asked Faapau to check how cold is it and he stuck his finger in his mouth and stuck it in the air, then Koleni who's sitting next to him said 'ua malili lou lima' lol. These guys are too funny.

Salai is on the foe andIi'm his spotman but am in the galley getting warm until it's my turn to get on the foe. I'm supposed to be out there to be his look out, keep him company and help him with the foe. Faapau called out to him ' malo le foe' his quick response was, ' faafetai lava le fa'a malo mai' lol. It's a constant crack up on my watch with Koleni and Salai with their smart aleck quick responses.

The grey overcast sky casts the same colour on the moana sausau. It’s less choppy than yesterday morning with 1 metre waves now. Yesterday some of them were breaking on the deck giving the foe-man a good shower. We had to sew two sliders onto the sail which had come off during high winds earlier this week. We dropped the sail and had Faapau (our lightest guy) climb onto the boom and re-stitch the sail to the sliders.

We’re about 130 nautical miles away from our port of destination; we’re looking forward to seeing family, friends and new acquaintances.

The crew is healthy and still cracking jokes, so in high spirits.

Faafetai tele lava mo taupuaiga ma talosaga o loo manuia lava uma le auvaa.

Alofa atu,



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