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.

Monday, August 8, 2011

8th August 2011

Position: San Francisco

Talofa lava,

It's another day of seeing San Francisco through its renowned fog; it's a sight to behold- early morn you can't see the fleet beached on the protected small cove nor our support vessel Evohe which is anchored in the small cove as well.

As the sun comes out casting its warm rays on the black sand beach the fog slowly dissipates revealing the fleet of six traditional voyaging canoes, giving it a surreal look, with the skyline of San Francisco in the background and the fleet in the fore. Quite a contrast!

Today we're taking out a group of local children and our local Samoan community that have participated in hosting the fleet. As we are welcomed in each port, each va'a gifts the hosts with a day sail - giving them just a tip of the iceberg of what it feels like being amongst voyagers out in the elements.

While on land we're still running watches. This time a little longer than usual and in smaller watch groups. Although we're beached and it's the safest for the va'a, the height of tide around this area is drastic at times so we have to make sure the va'a is still on the beach or not completely beached (just the bow on the beach and not the whole va'a).

We're looking forward to taking out our Samoan community as the majority of them weren't able to make it to the Open Vaka Day on Saturday ( and to give them another opportunity to be on board the va’a tele Gaualofa.

Everyone on the crew sends their regards to family, friends and Samoa.

We're being well looked after by:
Tuatagaloa Ropeti Malepea, Nuititi Ace Tago, Paleega Sulu, Rev Moegagogo Tamasese and his EFKS parish, Fa'atasi, PICP SF Samoa,Samoan Solutions, SF Samoan Golf Consortium, Pacific Islanders Club (CCSF, SFSU), National Samoan Chief's Council, Samoan Community Development Center and Sose Papali'i.

There are not enough words to express our heartfelt gratitude in experiencing your hospitality. Faafetai faafetai tele lava.


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