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, April 14, 2012

Update from Charlie

Position: S 15°23.645’ W 133°38.312’

To Family Friends and Gaualofa supporters, we thank you for your support and your prayers. I remember on my last blog I asked for your prayers because for 14 days we had not caught a single fish and we ripped our Gennaker sail. The very next day after I asked for your prayers we caught three fish: two mahimahi and one skip jack aku, you should see the crew jumping for joy. It was a nice dinner, thanks for your prayers. In addition, our sail is now repaired and we have 700Nm left to go! This afternoon we caught a nice size wahoo. So, we’re happy sailors and counting days before we reach Tahiti.

Thanks Again,
Charlie Uhrle


  1. Dad! YAY! You caught some fish! We are always excited to see your posts and wait patiently for your next update! Hope you have a great dinner, love and miss you!!!

    - Chita

  2. Hi Dad,

    So happy to read about your adventures. Like Chita said, have a GREAT dinner. Sending more prayers and positive thoughts your way for you & your crew.

    Love you,