Gaualofa’s crew has undergone some changes of late, possibly causing some confusion amongst onlookers and regular supporters. Our First Captain, Marc Gondard, who has ably steered Gaualofa from her construction through to recruiting and training our crew, made the difficult decision in Hawaii to take some time off the va’a and address some pressing land-based issues. He continues to be passionately involved in the Samoa Voyaging Society and our activities and we hope he will make the decision to return to Gaualofa in the not-too-distant future.
Marc was replaced by Jef Iken of Aotearoa for the 3-week journey from Kauai to San Francisco. We are grateful to Jef for stepping in at this time and are certain that he has enjoyed his stint as Captain of our beautiful va’a. Gaualofa is currently hosting Nick R.Henry as Captain. Nick is crew for Marumaru Atua, the Cook Islands va’a. He will be with Gaualofa until San Diego (early September), when all the va’a take a break for the Northern Hemisphere winter period. Crews will reform in January 2011 in readiness for their voyage through South America and back down to the South Pacific.
The Gaualofa crew is due to return to Samoa during the first week of September for their “winter” break.
Tuatagaloa Joe Annandale