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, February 24, 2012

N1212.44’ W09708.95

Since we left San Diego a month ago it’s been smooth sailing.

Good practice for our new cadets. I have to say everyone has been improving, especially Rob, Jayde and Sala.

Tonight 30 knot winds and up, with big waves are forecasted. In any bad weather it’s always best to be prepared well beforehand.

The va’a and its occupants will truly be tested on their seamanship.

We adjust rigging and secure away loose items. We’re also distributing weight evenly between the two hulls concentrating the weight on stern center boards.

Safety for the crew is of utmost importance and first thing is wearing a lifejacket.

Tonight I know that we will be flying of up to 18 knots or more, waves of up to 8 meters crashing and breaking over the deck. I have faith in our va’a our skipper and my crew mates.

Best thing to do when sailing in foul weather is let the adrenaline rush and enjoy yourself.


1 comment:

  1. Keep up the positive sailing spirits! God keep you all and guide your va'a through safely. Fa'amalo le tauivi. Alofa atu!