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.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Gaualofa Crew Update - a message from the SVS President

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

President, SVS

1 comment:

  1. We saw your boat and the floatilla today off of Redondo Beach today! About 3pm local time August 20th, while we were on a short day sail on our Newport 28. Thanks for sailing near shore. It was very cool seeing a couple of your boats up so close!

    Ron , Skipper, Sea Scout Ship 618 out of King Harbor Yacht Club.